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Akihiro Iitomi with Japan Sound Portrait

A lecture and performance of Noh music with digital sound portraits

Akihiro Iitomi (Ohkura School of Noh theatre) will present a lecture and performance of Noh music featuring the kotsuzumi shoulder drum. (In Japanese with English translation by Yongsuk Song.)


Listen in on BBC Radio3: Late Junction, 3 March 2016



Akihiro Iitomi will be joined by Japan Sound Portrait – a new project by Nick Luscombe and Neil Cantwell, the co-director of KanZeOn. Japan Sound Portrait is seeking to create a crowd-sourced portrait of Japan in sound in the run-up to the 2020 Olympics using a variety of different media to create new representations of the country. Nick and Neil will perform an improvisational merging of Iitomi’s performance with new productions by young Japanese artists. They will also play recordings they have made and been sent by the general public of distinctive Japanese sounds, alongside explaining elements of the Japan Sound Portrait project. They will show how the project has an important role to play in preserving Japan’s intangible cultural heritage, and they will outline their plans for an exhibition showcasing the sonic gifts that Japan has given to the world in the form of electronic musical equipment that has influenced music worldwide for the last 30 years.



Venue: Rooms 8&9

Time: 5.00 - 6.30 pm