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After Toronto, I came to Gothenburg in Sweden! It is the city of VOLVO!IMG_0563.JPGIMG_0576.JPG 
Just after I arrived in Gothenburg, first rehearsal of Secret Kiss by Peter Eötvös with Gageego!

Gothenburg day 2! Rehearsal with Peter Eötvös! 
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And I enjoyed GP and wonderful concert!!

Gothenburg day 3! Rehearsal with Peter Eötvös and Gageego!
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Very nice night! With Peter Eötvös, Ernst Simon Glaser, the soloist of Eötvös's Cello concerto, and Marco Fekliskoff!! Thank you!!

On the day of the performance!
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Peter give us, musicians, sweet charms because it will be world premiere of his new piece "Secret Kiss"!!

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2019/1/27 18:00- 
Göteborgs Konserthus, Gothenburg, Sweden
Zivkovic On the Guarding of the Heart 
Eötvös Secret Kiss - première (Co-commissioned by Gageego! and the Gothenburg Symphony) 
Ligeti Chamber Concerto 
Eötvös da capo - version for marimba solo 

Gageego! 
Peter Eötvös conductor 
Ryoko Aoki soloist

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We are done!! After the world premiere of Peter Eötvös's "Secret Kiss"!!

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My friend, Mezzo soprano, Charlotte Hellekant came to see my performance from Stockholm!!

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Is it Secret Kiss??w

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Next concert will be Japan premiere of Peter Eötvös's Secret Kiss!

2019/3/9 16:00- 
Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Tokyo 
Peter Eötvös: Harakiri  
Peter Eötvös: Secret Kiss (International co-commissioned work/Japan Premiere)

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Finally I fly to Japan! Tokyo-Toronto-Gothenburg-Tokyo, long journey!!
In January I came to Toronto to perform Toshio Hosokawa's "Furari Shizuka - The Maiden from the Sea"!!
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University of Toronto, Faculty of Music

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Rehearsing everyday!
The trailer is beautiful!

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I had a photo shooting by Tronto Star!

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Thursday, 17 Jan. 7:30 pm 
Walter Hall, University of Toronto Faculty of Music, 80 Queens Park 

The Raven 
Krisztina Szabo, mezzo-soprano 
Gregory Oh, conductor 

The Maiden from the Sea (Futari Shizuka) 
Ryoko Aoki, Noh singer and performer 
Xin Wang, soprano 
Lorenzo Guggenheim, conductor 

Paramita Nath, stage director & video projection 
Anna Kajtar, associate producer


Reviews of the opera
Nikkei Newspaper 2019/1/22

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We are done!! With Johannes Debus, the music director of Canadian Opera Company!!


After the performance, I have to fly to Europe for the next concert! But I had one free day, so I went to see Toronto city with Toshio Hosokawa.

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Art Gallery of Ontario designed by Frank Gehry.

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Royal Ontario Museum designed by Daniel Libeskind. Snow in Toronto with Toshio Hosokawa!!

I have premiered Valerio Sannicandro's "Last Words" and played Noriko Baba's "hagormo suite" at Umberto Agnelli Hall, Italian Cultural Institute Tokyo on 15 December!!
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2018.12.15 [Sat] 16:00 start / 15:30 open 
Umberto Agnelli Hall, Italian Cultural Institute Tokyo 
2-1-30 Kudan Minami, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0074 

PROLOGO (Foyer) 
Luciano BERIO (1925-2003) Sequenza V (1966) for solo trombone 

FIRST PART (Noh and string quartet - Sala Agnelli) 
Noriko BABA Hagoromo Suite (2017) for voice Noh and string quartet 

SECOND PART (ensemble - Sala Agnelli) 
Federico GARDELLA Nebbiae (2009) for flute, clarinet, violin, viola and cello  
Tomoko FUKUI Sinfonia Concertant da Camera II for piccolo-flute, trombone, violin and piano 
Valerio SANNICANDRO Constructa (2007) for flute, clarinet, trombone, violin, viola, cello and piano (Premiere JP)

Ensemble ARCIPELAGO 
Ryoko AOKI (Noh voice) 
Jun-ichiro TAKU (flute) 
Hideo KIKUCHI (clarinet) 
Kosei MURATA (trombone) 
Kazue NAKAMURA (piano) 
Yasutaka HEMMI (violin) 
Yoshu KAMEI (violin)
Takahiro YASUDA (viola) 
Tomoki TAI (cello) 
Valerio SANNICANDRO (conductor)

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After the concert!!
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I premiered José M. Sánchez-Verdú's and Bruno Dozza's new pieces at Hakuju Hall in Tokyo on 3 November!!

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3 November 2018 [Sat] 15:00 start / 14:00 open *Pretalk 14:15 start 
Hakuju Hall 

【Programme】 
Toru Takemitsu:Between Tides 
Cassadó:Suite for solo cello 
Sánchez-Verdú:"Far Water" for noh voice and violin (World premiere) 
Toshio Hosokawa:Duo for violin and cello 
Granados:Sonata for violin and piano 
Granados(arr. Kleisler):Andalusia 
Falla(arr. Kleisler):"Spanish Dance" from Opera "La vida breve" 
Dozza: "Euridice" for noh voice and violoncello(World premiere) 
Turina:Círcle op.91(Trio) 

【Musicians】 
Ryoko Aoki (noh voice) 
Lina Tur Bonet (violin) 
Aldo Mata (violoncello) 
Qi Shen (piano)

Photo : Hakuju Hall


We had good reviews of the concert! 


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With José M. Sánchez-Verdú's and Bruno Dozza!! Thank you very much for your writing wonderful pieces for me!!!

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Thank you very much for your playing with me!! 

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After the concert, nice Japanese food!!!

Thank you very much, the Embassy of Spain, Cultural Counsellor, Mr. José A. DE ORY!! Thank you very much, Hakuju Hall!!
On 14 October, I performed Noriko Baba's Nopera AOI at Toyoo Ito's new park!! IMG_9078.JPGIMG_9076.JPG 
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2018/10/14 14:00- 
IINA Park KAWAGUCHI, Saitama
Noriko Baba "Nopera AOI" (Costume : Yoshikazu Yamagata) 
 Ryoko Aoki (Noh) Kazushi Saito (flute) Asuka Hatanaka (percussion)

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On the way to the venue!

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Thank you very much for mini-bonsai!!
talk & concert "Noh x Contemporary Music" vol.6 
6 September 2018 (Thurs.) 19:00- 
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Part 1 Talk by composers "Meeting with Noh" 
Nana Kamiyama (composition) 
Annachiara Gedda (composition) 
Paulo Brito (composition) 
Translater : Kayoko Inoue

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Nana Kamiyama 

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Annachiara Gedda

 
Paulo Brito 


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Nana Kamiyama "Sugarless Honey/Bitter or Spicy?" for Noh voice and violincello (commissioned by ensemble-no 2018) (World premiere) 
Ryoko Aoki (Noh) Seiko Takemoto (cello)

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Annachiara Gedda "MONONOKE" for Noh voice and violincello (commissioned by ensemble-no 2018) (World premiere) 
Ryoko Aoki (Noh) Seiko Takemoto (cello)

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Paulo Brito "Deadweight of Love" for Noh voice and violin (commissioned by ensemble-no 2018) (World premiere) 
Ryoko Aoki (Noh) Maiko Matsuoka (violin) 


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After the concert, with Toshio Hosokawa! 


Noh × Contemporary Music 
presented by ensemble-no 
under the joint auspices of Minato City (FY2018 Minato Cooperation Project for Cultural Program) 
managed by Okamura & Company Inc 
in collaboration with SHIBAURA HOUSE 
beyond 2020 program 

Photo : Hiroaki Seo
talk & concert "Noh x Contemporary Music" vol.6
16 August 2018 (Thurs.) 19:00-
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Part 1 Talk by composers "Meeting with Noh"
Stefan Beyer (composition)  
Fabià Santcovsky (composition)  
Translater : Kayoko Inoue

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Stefan Beyer

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Fabià Santcovsky

Part 2 Concert
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Stefan Beyer "Sunset" for Noh voice and bass clarinet 
(commissioned by ensemble-no 2018) (World premiere) 
Ryoko Aoki (Noh) Takashi Yamane (bass clarinet)

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Fabià Santcovsky "DE VEU EN VEU" for Noh voice and violin 
(commissioned by ensemble-no 2018) (World premiere) 
Ryoko Aoki (Noh) Masamichi Yokoshima (violin)


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Noh × Contemporary Music 
presented by ensemble-no 
under the joint auspices of Minato City (FY2018 Minato Cooperation Project for Cultural Program) 
managed by Okamura & Company Inc 
in collaboration with SHIBAURA HOUSE 
beyond 2020 program 

Photo : Hiroaki Seo
On 9 May, I will perform Noriko Baba and Stefano Gervasoni's pieces with Quartet Excelsior at the Toshodaiji Temple in Nara! I am very honored to take part in René Martin's producing Via Aeterna Nara in Muskiest Nara 2018!

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Photo : Yawara Watanabe 

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Photo : Yawara Watanabe  

■9 May 2018 (Wed.) 19:30
■Toshodaiji Temple, Nara
■Herbert Norman Howells "Fantasy String Quartet"
Noriko Baba "hagoromo suite"
Stefano Gervasoni "Yoru no hibiki, yama no naka yori"
Leoš Janáček "Kreutzer Sonata"
■Ryoko Aoki (Noh) Quartet Excelsior

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After the performance, with Quartet Excelsior!
talk & concert "Noh x Contemporary Music" vol.5
4 March 2018 (Sun) 19:00-
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Part 1 Talk by composers "Meeting with Noh 
Ivan Buffa (composition) 
Zuriñe F. Gerenabarrena (composition) 
Translater : Kayoko Inoue

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Ivan Buffa

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Zuriñe F. Gerenabarrena


Part 2 Concert
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Ivan Buffa "Shunkashūtō (The Four Seasons)" for Noh voice and flutes (commissioned by ensemble-no 2018) (World premiere)
Ryoko Aoki (Noh) Ryuji Masumoto (flutes)

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Zuriñe F Gerenabarrena "Yoru" for Noh voice and violincello (commissioned by ensemble-no 2018) (World premiere) 
Ryoko Aoki (Noh) Seiko Takemoto (cello)


After the performacen, we had discussion with audiences!
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Noh × Contemporary Music 
presented by ensemble-no 
under the joint auspices of Minato City (FY2017 Minato Cooperation Project for Cultural Program) 
managed by Okamura & Company Inc 
supported by Nomura Foundation 
in collaboration with SHIBAURA HOUSE 
Nominal Support : Embassy of the Kingdom of Spain in Japan 
beyond 2020 program 

Photo : Hiroaki Seo

The report of the event appeared on Highflyers!! 
I came back to Tokyo from Florence. After 2 weeks, I have come back again to Europe..Next destination is Amsterdam! IMG_6224.JPG 
Het Concertgebouw!! IMG_6225.JPG IMG_6192.JPG 
I perform Noriko Baba "hagoromo suite" for Noh performer and string quartet. Program includes orchestra pieces such as Takemitsu, Pintscher and Debussy.
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In rehearsing!IMG_6193.JPGIMG_6191.JPG 
Inside of Het Concertgebouw!! IMG_6124.JPGIMG_6132.JPG 
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My dressing room!
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My dressing room!
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The brochure!
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Thursday 1 February 2018 20:15-
Noriko Baba "hagoromo suite"
Main Hall, Royal Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherland
Conductor, Matthias Pintscher
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

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After the concert with Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra!!! From left to right, Saeko Oguma, Fred Edelen, Junko Naito and Sylvia Huang!


After the main concert, I play Noriko Baba's "L'oiseau a deux tetes" at Late Night Concert!
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Thursday 1 February 2018 ca. 22.45- (after the main concert)
Late Night Concert 
Noriko BABA "L'oiseau à deux tetes"
Choir Room, Royal Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherland
Ryoko Aoki, members of Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bence Major, Marc Aixa Siurana

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After the performance, with Noriko Baba!
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We were given flowers on the stage!
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With Saeko Oguma, Noriko Baba and Francesco Filidei!


The review of the concert with Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra!!!
English translation
"The orchestra was not taking part in the biggest surprise of the evening. Composer Noriko Baba adapted a classic Noh play into a compact work for Noh performer Ryoko Aoki and string quartet. Baba's Hagoromo suite (2016) proved to be a combination of ritual and quiet, bare sound metamorphoses."

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Bye-bye, Amsterdam!!