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An Ode to Toru Takemitsu

Words at Kings Place
Music, Spoken Word / Sunday, 22 January 2017 - 2:30pm / Hall Two
£3 | Free for students*

Toru Takemitsu is among the most important composers in the history of Japanese music. Almost entirely self-taught, Takemitsu went on to compose several hundred independent works and score over ninety films. The first composer to be fully recognised in the West, Takemitsu achieved international renown for his distinctive style. Combining elements of the Occident and the Orient, Takemitsu created music that was sensuous yet accessible.

In honour of this talented composer The Japan Foundation are proud to present a special talk as a prelude to NHK Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Takemitsu’s Requiem for Strings in March. Japanese born composer Dai Fujikura, whose studies of Takemitsu’s music at Trinity College of Music provoked a gestalt shift in his own works, and Maki Takemitsu, Takemitsu’s daughter and music producer, will examine the significance of Takemitsu’s work and share their unique experiences reflecting on his life and legacy.

This event will focus not only on the music of Toru Takemitsu but also on the life that influenced such vast and intricate musicscapes. Gillian Moore MBE, Director of Music at the Southbank Centre, chairs.

*To book a student ticket, please call the Box Office on 020 7520 1490. You may be asked to present Student ID when you attend the event.

We are sorry to announce that Oliver Knussen has been taken ill and is unfortunately no longer able to participate in this event. We are pleased to confirm that composer Dai Fujikura has kindly agreed to take part at short notice.

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Photos from top: Toru Takemitsu © Guy Vivien; Maki Takemitsu, Dai Fujikura © Milena Mihaylova


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