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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!

IMG_7483.JPG At the Nara station!! IMG_7486.JPG IMG_7487.JPG The venue is world heritage, Toshodaiji Temple!

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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 2016) (World premiere)
Ryoko Aoki (Noh) Ryuji Masumoto (flutes)

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Zuriñe F Gerenabarrena "Yoru" for Noh voice and violincello (2018) (commissioned by ensemble-no 2016) (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!!

I came to Florence for world premiere of Federico Gardella's new piece for Noh and orchestra!!

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Florence is such a beautiful city!!

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New opera house opened in 2014!

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Beautiful flower from the Artistic Director!

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Federico Gardella wrote the first piece for Noh and full orchestra for me!

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It is based on Noh "Nishikigi".

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From general rehearsal.

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After the performance!

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Federico Gardella "Two Souls" (World Premiere)
Conductor, Wolfram Christ
Noh, Ryoko Aoki
Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Florence, Italy

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After the performance, with the conductor, Wolfram Christ!

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with the Artistic Director, Mr. Pierangelo Conte and Mrs. Conte!

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With Federico Gardella!

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Thank you very much for your wonderful piece, Federico!!

I had the world premiere of Toshio Hosokawa's "Futari Shizuka - The Maiden from the Sea" with the Ensemble intercontemporain at the Philharmonie de Paris and Kölner Philharmonie in December!

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Cité de la musique - Philharmonie de Paris

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Rehearsing with Kerstin Avemo, Toshio Hosokawa and Oriza HIrata.

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With Ensemble intercontemporain and Matthias Pintscher.

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This is my room for one week!

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I had the interview by camera crew. The video of our performance will be broadcast in the site of Philharmonie de Paris for 6 months from the end of January 2018!

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Friday 1 December 2017 20:30- 
Festival d'Automne à Paris 
Cité de la musique - Philharmonie de Paris, France 
Libretto, Oriza Hirata 
Conductor, Matthias Pintscher 
Kerstin Avemo, Ryoko Aoki, Ensemble intercontemporain


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After the performance!

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With Jossi Wieler!

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With Pascal Dusapin!

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With Kerstin Avemo!

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With Kerstin Avemo and Oriza HIrata!


Next day, we moved to Cologne! IMG_5596.JPG 
Kölner Philharmonie

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Sunday 3 December 2017 20:00- 
Kölner Philharmonie, Cologne, Germany 
Libretto, Oriza Hirata 
Conductor, Matthias Pintscher 
Kerstin Avemo, Ryoko Aoki, Ensemble intercontemporain


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After the concert, with Beer!!!

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The former director of Ensemble intercontemporain, Hervé Boutry!

 
With Matthias Pintscher and the intendant of Kölner Philharmonie, Louwrens Langevoort!

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My posters are everywhere in Cologne!!!!

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The flyer of Kölner Philharmonie in December 2017!!!!

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Photos of tour in Cologne by Ensemble intercontemporain



Reviews of the opera


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Interview for Royal Concertgebouw in February!!! The camera crew came from Amsterdam to Cologne to shoot me!!!
talk & concert "Noh x Contemporary Music" vol.5 
15 October 2017 (Sun) 19:00- 
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Part 1 Talk by composers "Meeting with Noh 
Yiğit Kolat (composition) 
Jamie Man (composition) 
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Yiğit Kolat

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Jamie Man

 
Part 2 Concert 
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Yiğit Kolat "Shōbute" for Noh voice and picollo (commissioned by ensemble-no 2016) (World premiere) 
Ryoko Aoki (Noh) Ryuji Masumoto (piccolo) 

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Jamie Man "Shi" for for Noh performer and violincello (commissioned by ensemble-no 2016) (World premiere) 
Ryoko Aoki (Noh) Seiko Takemoto (cello)

 
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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 
beyond 2020 program  

Photo: Hiroaki Seo  
31 August 2017 
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"Beauty Awakening" 
Music : Noriko Koide 
Performer : Ryoko Aoki 
Costume : Yuima Nakazato

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After the performance, with Yuima Nakazato!


The report of the event appeared on Highflyers!! 
On 25 May we performed Noriko Baba "Nopera AOI" for MONTBLANC × Chiso Exclusive Night at Kiyomizu temple!! 
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Noriko Baba "Nopera AOI" (Costume : Yoshikazu Yamagata) 
Ryoko Aoki (Noh) Kazushi Saito (flute) Asuka Hatanaka (percussion)

Trailer:Nopera AOI SPECIAL SHOW Presented by MONTBLANC 

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The report appeared on the Diners Club magazine "SIGNATURE" August & September 2017 issue!

20 May 2017 15:00-
Urayasu Concert Hall, Harmony Hall

I performed the opening concert on 20 May at newly opened Urayasu Concert Hall!! IMG_3368.JPG 
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Prof. Junichi Konuma (Musicologist, Professor of Waseda University) special talk
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Toru Takemitsu "Air"
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Noriko Koide "The Rond of Love"
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Noriko Baba "Nopera AOI" (Costume : Yoshikazu Yamagata)
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Ryoko Aoki (Noh)
Kazushi Saito (flute)
Asuka Hatanaka (percussion)
Talk guest: Prof. Junichi Konuma (Musicologist, Professor of Waseda University)

The report of the concert at Urayasu Concert Hall appeared on Highflyers!! Highflyers report 2017/5/20

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After the performance! Thank you for your coming!!!
Just Composed 2017 in Yokohama 
Noh X String Quartet
17:00- 12 March 2017
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■program 
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) 

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Photo : Fumiaki Fujii

 
After the performance!!