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International Ensemble Modern & Tokyo Wonder Site Academy Vol.6 - Lecture Series -

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TitleInternational Ensemble Modern & Tokyo Wonder Site Academy Vol.6
- Lecture Series -
Date2013.3.24(Sun) - 2013.3.28(Thu)
Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture, Tokyo Wonder Site
VenueTWS Aoyama:Creator-in-Residence, Tokyo Women's Plaza Hall
Venue: TWS Aoyama:Creator-in-Residence, Tokyo Women's Plaza Hall As a part of International Ensemble Modern & Tokyo Wonder Site Academy (IEMA & TWS Academy) Vol.6, we will organize a series of lectures, open to the public. Following the theme of Vol.6 -- John Cage×Daisetz Suzuki×Toshi Ichiyanagi, guest speakers will offer the lectures about "D.T. Suzuki" and "Zen", as well as talk sessions and round table on various themes such as Ensemble Modern's collaborative projects & educational programs and presentation of world-renowned artists.

*Admission Free / Reservation required / with Japanese-English interpretation
Please send your name, phone number, date/time/name of the lecture and number of people with the title "Lecture Booking" by Email or Fax.
E-mail: / FAX: 03-5766-3742

Lecture 1: Zen & D.T.Suzuki

Lecturer: Shizuteru Ueda
Date: Mar 24 (Sun.) 15:00-16:30
Venue: TWS Aoyama: Creator-in-Residence

Shizuteru Ueda (Philosopher, Member of the Japan Academy, Professor emeritus at Kyoto University)

Shizuteru Ueda is a philosopher specialized in philosophy of religion where thoughts and religions of East and West encounter for existence and speculation. He follows in the footsteps of Kitaro Nishida, D.T. Suzuki, Keiji Nisitani. He is considered a third generation member of Kyoto school.
---"To enter fire without being burned, to enter water without drowning.*" When I asked Daisetz Sensei** what this actually meant, he instantly replied, "It means to be burned; it means to drown." On hearing those simple words, I had the feeling my ambiguous body had suddenly been torn apart.
* Passage from Linji-lu  
** Sensei: Japanese term/title of respect, meaning "master" or "teacher".

Lecture 2: D.T.Suzuki & John Cage

Lecturer: Mihoko Okamura
Date: Mar 24 (Sun.) 17:00-18:30
Venue: TWS Aoyama: Creator-in-Residence

Mihoko Okamura (Honor Director of D.T. Suzuki Museum, Councilor of the Japan Folk Crafts Museum)
Born in LA, Mihoko Okamura met D.T. Suzuki in 1951. She had served as his secretary for 15 years until D.T Suzuki passed away in 1966. She worked as an editor for "The Eastern Buddhist" (1969-1998) and lecturer at Otani University (1992-2006).
---Daisetz Sensei often used the words universe and cosmos, but in order to say "just as it is," he had no choice but to say "there are no boundaries." Cage's music truly transcends the boundaries of sound; and I remember that Prof. Suzuki, too, forgot about things like music and communicated his own condition in life to Cage just as it was.

Round Table Talk Session

Speakers: Shizuteru Ueda / Mihoko Okamura / Toshi Ichiyanagi / Ensemble Modern members / Danny Yung / Joonho Jeon / Kyungwon Moon
Date: Mar 25 (Mon.) 11:00-12:30
Venue: TWS Aoyama: Creator-in-Residence


Lecturer: Toshi Ichiyanagi
Date: Mar 25 (Mon.) 13:30-14:30
Venue: TWS Aoyama: Creator-in-Residence

Toshi Ichiyanagi (Composer/Pianist) After coming back from New York in 1961, Ichiyanagi introduced many new musical concepts, including Cage's idea of indeterminacy, exerting a strong influence on the stream of the Japanese contemporary music. He has composed in most genres of music: operas, orchestral, chamber and instrumental works. He has been commissioned and invited by various music festivals in the world. He also serves as supervisor of Tokyo Wonder Site Music Program. He was honored as one of the Persons in Cultural Merit in 2008.

Lecture 4: New tradition in Asia & Performing Art (tentative)

Lecturer: Danny Yung (Theatre Director/Chairperson of the HKICC and founder of the art group/Zuni Icosahedron)
Date: Mar 25 (Mon.) 19:30-21:00
Venue: TWS Aoyama: Creator-in-Residence

Lecture 5: Notation and Music of John Cage

Lecturer: Ensemble Modern members
Date: Mar 26 (Tue.)19:30-21:00
Venue: TWS Aoyama: Creator-in-Residence

Ensemble Modern Founded in 1980 and based in Frankfurt am Main, the Ensemble Modern (EM) is one of the world's leading ensembles of Contemporary Music. The EM is comprised of 19 soloists from all over the world. Its unique and distinctive program consists of music theater, dance and video projects, chamber music, ensemble and orchestral concerts. The EM gives approximately 100 concerts and 20 world-premieres each year.

Lecture 6: Japanese Zen Buddhist Philosophy

Lecturer: Sokyu Genyu
Date: Mar 27 (Wed.)18:30-20:00
Venue: Tokyo Women's Plaza Hall

Sokyu Genyu (Head Priest, Rinzai Zen Fukujuji Temple; Akutagawa Prize-winning Author)
Born in the town of Miharu in Fukushima prefecture, Genyu worked in various jobs after graduating from college before then entering the seminary at Tenryuji Temple in Kyoto. He currently serves as head priest of the Rinzai Zen Fukujuji Temple in Miharu, Fukushima. In 2001, his novel Chuin no hana [Flowers in Limbo] received the 125th Akutagawa Prize. In addition to novels, Genyu has written a number of books of essays and interviews and often appears as a public speaker and on television. He served as a member of the Reconstruction Design Council in Response to the Great East Japan Earthquake (April 2011-February 2012) and is a guest professor at both Hanazono University and the Niigata University of Pharmacy and Applied Life Sciences.

Lecture 7: "News from Nowhere"

Lecturer: Joonho Jeon (Visual Artist), Kyungwon Moon (Visual/Media Artist)
Date: 28 (Thu.) 19:00-20:30
Venue: TWS Aoyama: Creator-in-Residence   

Joonho Jeon (Visual Artist, South Korea)
Joonho Jeon holds an MA from The Chelsea College of Art and Design, London and a BFA from Dongeui University, South Korea. His body of work presents revisions of Korea's sociopolitical environment through installations comprised of video, painting, and sculpture.

Kyungwon Moon (Visual / Media Art, South Korea)
Kyungwon Moon holds an MFA from the California Institute of Arts and a PhD in Visual Communication from Yonsei University. Her work focuses on concepts of reality and self-reflective consciousness, relationships between individuals, and between artists and society. Together Moon and Jeon received the first annual Korea Artist Prize for their collaborative work in 2012. They also participated in the Gwangju Biennale (2012), Moscow Biennale (2010), and Biennal of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana (2010), as well as with their project "News from Nowhere" in dOCUMENTA (13).

Main Picture: John Cage and Toshi Ichiyanagi (Takanawa Museum in Karuizawa, 1981) Provision: Norihiko Matsumoto