Just Composed 2017 in Yokohama 
Noh X String Quartet
17:00- 12 March 2017
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Stefano Gervasoni/ "yoru no hibiki, yama no naka yori" (for Noh voice and Quartet) 
Ludwig van Beethoven/ Grosse Fuge in B-Flat Major, Op. 133 
Yumi Saiki/ Deux sillages II (based on the work commissioned by Just Composed 1999) 
Noriko Baba/ hagoromo suite for Noh voice and quartet (commissioned by Just Composed 2017)
Ryoko Aoki (Noh) 
Tatsuki Narita (Vn) 
Takao Hyakutome (Vn) 
Mari Adachi (Va) 
Ayano Kamimura (Vc) 

Photo : Fumiaki Fujii

After the performance!!
4 February 2017
Ryoko Aoki's performance -Noh×Contemporary Music vol.2
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Georges Aperghis "Le Corps Á Corps" (1978) for percussion 
Federico Gardella " Voice of Wind" (2012) for Noh voice and bass flute

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Costume : Yoshikazu Yamagata (writtenafterwards)

Ryoko Aoki (Noh) Kazushi Saito (Flute) Asuka Hatanaka (Percussion)

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Photo : Masayo Momijiya
We premiered Noriko Baba "Nopera AOI" in Paris on April 2016!

This time we performed the same version in Reims and Orléans!
At first, we went to Reims! 
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The venue was the old circus theatre, so cute!! IMG_2574.JPG  
After the performance, we enjoyed champagne!!

Next we went to Orléans! IMG_2623.JPG IMG_2668.jpg 
I really enjoyed beautiful France!!
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Photo: Tatsuo Nanbu 

Aichi Triennale 2016 
Aurélien Dumont "Himitsu no neya" (World premiere) 
23 October, 2016 (Sun.) 
Nagoya City Youth Cultral Center Artopia Hall, Nagoya, Aichi, Japan 
Performer: Ryoko Aoki 
Musicians: next mushroom promotion, Sumihisa Arima (electronics) 
Conductor: Jean-Michaël Lavoie 

Composer: Aurélien Dumont 
Libretto: Sachiko Oda 
Stage direction: Frédéric Tentelier 
Space design: Tsuyoshi Tane (DGT.) 
Lighting design: Masakazu Ito (RYU) 
Costume: Tamae Hirokawa (SOMA DESIGN) 
Stage manager: Tatsu Fukamachi 
Planning and management: Aichi Triennale 2016 
Funding: Art Biotop Nasu, Agency for Cultural Affairs Japan 
Supporting: The Agency for Cultural Affairs Organizer: Aichi Triennale Organizing Committee, Nagoya City Cultural Promotion Agency 

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1 September 2016 (Thursday) 19:00-
Umberto Agnelli Hall, Italian Cultural Institute Tokyo
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Talk: Stefano Gervasoni "Meeting Noh" 
Federico Gardella "Voice of Wind" for Noh voice and bass flute (2012) 
Valerio Sannicandro "trois chants Noh" for Noh voice and flutes (2011) 
Stefano Gervasoni "Clamour" for string quartet (2014) (Japan premiere) 
Stefano Gervasoni "Yoru no hibiki, yama no naka yori" for Noh voice and string quartet (commissioned by ensemble-no, World premiere) 

Ryoko Aoki, Noh 
Ryuji Masumoto, flute 
Quatuor Diotima 

※Mario Caroli could not travel to Japan because of his family problem. Instead of him, Ryuji Masumoto played flute. 

"Italy meets Noh! Noh×Italian Contemporary Music" 
presented by ensemble-no, Italian Cultural Institute 
organized by ensemble-no 
managed by Okamura & Company Inc 
supported by Japan Arts Council, Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation of History and Culture), Nomura Foundation, The Asahi Shimbun Foundation

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Photo: Hiroaki Seo 

After this, we played Stefano Gervasoni's new piece again at Takefu International Music Festival on 9th September! 
Thank you very much, everyone!!
Off to Jeju in Korea for Trilateral Arts Festival 2016!
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Rehearsal for Trilateral Arts Festival 2016 in Jeju, Korea!
Noriko Baba "Nopera AOI makura-no-dan" IMG_1968.JPG IMG_1972.JPG 
Wonderful and very professional team of Trilateral Arts Festival 2016!

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27 August, Trilateral Arts Festival 2016 in Jeju, Korea
Tamna Hall, International Convention Center Jeju, Jeju, Korea
Noriko Baba "Nopera AOI makura-no-dan"  
Ryoko Aoki (Noh)
Reiko Manabe (Fl.)
Mizuki Aita (Perc.)
Yoshikazu Yamagata (Costume)

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After the performance!! Thanks to Agency for Cultural Affairs, NHK Promotions, Top Scene Inc, alfalfa and all members! 

You can read about the Trilateral Arts Festival 2016 online.

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I had performances of Noriko Baba's opera on 22, 23 April with 2e2m in Paris. It was directed by Mié Coquempot.

We performed a part of "Nopera AOI" in Art×Art×Art <Noh×Contemporary Music×Fashion> at Hakuju Hall in Tokyo last December. The costume will be designed by Yoshikazu Yamagata (writtenafterwards).

This production will be on tour in France next autumn.

Photo : Jean Couturier 

Noriko Baba "Nopera AOI" (World premiere) 
22, 23 April, 2016  
Maison de la culture du Japon à Paris, France 

Performers: Ryoko Aoki 

Music : Noriko Baba 
Direction : Mié Coquempot 
Conductor : Pierre Roullier 
Costume : Yoshikazu Yamagata (writtenafterwards) 

Reviews of Nopera AOI 

Noh X Contemporary Music vol.4 
Symposium & Concert "Tradition and Creation in Asia"
20 February 2016 (Sat.) 19:00- SHIBAURA HOUSE 5F Bird room  

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Part 1 
Symposium "Tradition and Creation in Asia"
Ryoko Aoki (Noh) Mizuki Aita (percussion) Diana Soh (composition) Noriko Koide (composition)
Translater : Kayoko Inoue

We have launched the new website "Study of Noh chanting for composers"!!
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Noriko Koide 
Diana Soh
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Part 2 Concert 
Diana Soh "Shiru hito zo shiru" for Noh voice and percussion (commissioned by ensemble-no 2016) (World premiere)
Noriko Koide "The Rondo of Love" for Noh voice and percussion (2013)  

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Noh × Contemporary Music 
presented by ensemble-no 
in collaboration with SHIBAURA HOUSE
managed by Okamura & Company Inc 
supported by The Japan Foudantion Asia Center, Nomura Foundation 

Photo: Hiroaki Seo

Art×Art×Art<Noh×Contemporary Music×Fashion> 
2015.12.14 (Mon) 19:00-
Hakuju Hall (1-37-5 Tomigaya, Sibuya-ku, Tokyo)

[Part 1]  
Federico Gardella "Voice of Wind" for Noh voice and bass flute(2012)  
Stratis Minakakis "Apoploys Ⅱ Homeric shard" for Noh voice, flute and percussion(2013)  
Vassos Nicolaou "Macbeth 5.1" for Noh voice, flute and percussion(2013)
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Ryoko Aoki (Noh) 
Hideki Ikegami (Perc.) 
Kazushi Saito (Fl.) 
Noriko Baba (Composer) 
Yoshikazu Yamagata (Costume)  
Hair: AOKI 
Makeup: Carrie HM  

In the second part, we premiered a part of Noriko Baba "Nopera AOI". The whole opera will be premiered in Paris in 2016. The costume will be designed by Yoshikazu Yamagata (writtenafterwards). 
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With Yoshikazu Yamagata 

from photos of GP 
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After the performance, I wrote my autograph.
With wine!! 

We had good reviews of Nopera AOI! 

Thank you very much everyone! I am so happy!!

After Italy, I went to Cologne! 
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Japanisches Kulturinstitut Köln IMG_1025.JPG IMG_1044.JPGWith moderator, Daniel Frosch and Heinz-Dieter Reese from Japanisches Kulturinstitut Köln. 
My interview was broadcast at WDR 3 TonArt on 20 October! 

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Japanisches Kulturinstitut Köln, Cologne, Germany

Presentation "Noh X contemporary music" Ryoko Aoki
 A part of Classical Noh play with tape
 Stratis Minakakis "Apoploys Ⅱ Homeric shard"
 Vassos Nicolaou "Macbeth 5.1"
 Toshio Hosokawa from "Japanese Folk Songs"  
 Ryoko Aoki (Noh) Daniel Agi (Fl.) Rie Watanabe (Perc.)
Talk "Japanese tradition meets contemporary music" : Toshio Hosokawa, Ryoko Aoki

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IMG_1050.JPG Two days later, it would be Toshio Hosokawa's 60th birthday! We pre-celebrated his birthday! 

I had a good review of "Koelner Stadt-Anzeiger" on 29 October!! It was my last concert as a Japan Cultural Envoy! I am so happy that they went very well! Thank you very much to all people who helped me!!