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On Site Lab

  • Date:
    2011.02.13(Sun) - 2011.02.20(Sun)
    1,000 yen (One day / Auditing fee)
    Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture, Tokyo Wonder Site
    TWS Aoyama:Creator-in-Residence, Tokyo Women's Plaza Hall

This is an educational program conducted by Ensemble Modern, one of the world's leading contemporary music ensembles. The academy's objective is to establish a forum for interaction, including lessons in the latest musical notation, performance interpretations, and contemporary methods, that will help convey knowledge and experience to the younger generation. As a contemporary music academy based in Asia, the Tokyo academy focuses not only on European music but also the traditional and contemporary music of Japan and the Asian region.

In this time, to seek wider range musical expressions, we invited distinguished composers, Mr. Toshi Ichiyanagi. There will be lessons on pieces of John Cage and other composers, lectures, workshops on stage production and others.


● Instrument / Composition Course
● Production Course

● 4 members of the Ensemble Modern from the following fields:
    - Dietmar Wiesner (flute / woodwind instruments) 
    - Jagdish Mistry (violin / string instruments) 
    - Ueli Wigets (piano) 
    - Ogawa rumi (percussion) 
● Guest Composer: Toshi Ichiyanagi

Program contents
Individual or group lessons, Lecture, Symposium, Workshop, Presentations by tutors.
John Cage's <Ryoanji>, Toshi Ichiyanagi's <Sapporo> will be studied at the staging workshops.

* All programs are open to public.
*The program will be conducted in English.
Participation fee
● Instrument / Composition Course - 10,000 yen
● Production Course - 5,000 yen

*Auditing fee - One day: 1,000 yen
*Application will be closed as soon as the number of the applicants reaches the fixed number.

【Schedule】   last update 2011/2/18
*Schedule is subject to change. Please check this webpage before you participate as an auditing student.
*All of the programs are open to public.

Latest schedule
19th Feb. 14:30- Rehearsal for the concert on 20th @Tokyo Women's Plaza Hall


2011/2/13 sun. 18:00-19:30   Lecture vol.1
"Ensemble Modern's Education Project" by all of the tutors

2011/2/13 sun. 19:45-21:15   Lecture vol.2
"On the graphic notation of <Ryoanji>and<Sapporo>"
  by Toshi Ichiyanagi and Dietmar Wiesner

2011/2/14 mon. 19:30-21:30   Lecture vol.3
"Music theatre projects of Heiner Goebbels"
  by Rumi Ogawa and Ueli Wiget

2011/2/15 tue.  19:30-21:30   Lecture vol.4
Part One: "Indian music"
Part Two: "Ensemble Modern's "Rasalila Project" (a project together with Indian musicians and composers)" by Jagdish Mistry

2011/2/16 wed. 19:30-21:30    Lecture vol.5
"Piano preparation and performance practices specific to new music"
   by Toshi Ichiyanagi and Ueli Wiget

Final Concert

Date: 2011/2/20  11:00-
Venue: Tokyo Women's Plaza Hall
Performer: participating students and tutors


John Cage: "Ryoanji"

Toshi Ichiyanagi: "Sapporo"

Cathy Milliken: "Round Robin" for piccolo flute, flute und bass flute (2001)
performer: Dietmar Wiesner (Ensemble Modern / flute)

Anthony Cheung: "Roundabouts" (2009) Commissioned by Ueli Wiget (world premier on 6 March 2010 at Eclatconcerts Fribourg). For Ueli Wiget, and to George Benjamin on his 50th birthday.
performer: Ueli Wiget (Ensemble Modern / piano)

Eun-Hwa Cho: "Über die allmähliche Verfertigung der Gedanken" for violin solo (2006/2007)
performer: Jagdish Mistry (Ensemble Modern / violin)

and others


Inquries: performingart10@tokyo-ws.org

【Tutors' Profile】

● Ensemble Modern 

Founded in 1980 and situated in Frankfurt am Main since 1985, the Ensemble Modern (EM) is one of the world's leading ensembles of New Music. Currently, the EM is comprised of 18 soloists from Argentina, Bulgaria, Germany, India, Israel, Japan, Poland, and Switzerland; all of whom provide the ensemble its rich cultural background. The Ensemble Modern is famous for its special working and organisational form, which is unlike any other in the world. All of the members are responsible for selecting and dealing with projects, co-productions and financial matters. Its unique and distinctive programme consists of music theatre, dance and video projects, chamber music, ensemble and orchestral concerts. The Ensemble Modern gives approximately 100 concerts each year. The ensemble strives to achieve the highest degree of authenticity by working closely with the composers themselves. The musicians rehearse an average of 70 new works every year, 20 of which are world premieres. They have launched a program called "International Ensemble Modern Academy", an educational program for young emerging musicians.

● Toshi Ichiyanagi

Born in 1933 in Kobe, he is a composer and a pianist. At the age of around 10, he received two times the first rank at The Mainichi Music Competition (now, The Music Competition of Japan). In 1954, at the age of 19, he left Japan for the United States, to study at The Juilliard School in New York, after which he began working with John Cage with experimental music. When Ichiyanagi came back to Japan in 1961, he created works using the figures of sheet music and aleatoric innovations, and had an intense activity in both composing and performing. The introduction and performance of a new kind of music through his works in Europe and America produced a deep stimulus in various fields. Since the 1960's, Toshi Ichiyanagi has been always working at the core of Japanese music. Currently, he serves as an Expert Board Member of the New National Theatre of Japan, a Board Member of the Japan Music Competition, the General Artistic Director of the Kanagawa Arts Foundation, and Music Adviser for Tokyo Wonder Site.

Participating Creator

Ensemble Modern
Jagdish Mistry