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Dating back to 1901, the vibrancy of the Meiji era is revealed in these rare films – a fascinating journey through Japan covering a variety of subjects: people, cultural events, customs, everyday life and places including views of Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Yokohama – with Takada conjuring up evocative musical accompaniment using a palette of marimba, ceremonial gong, snare and spoken word.
Midori Takada’s output over the past 40 years weaves through solo, group and theatrical and practice. Verdant utopias, meditative caves and abundant life – her music invokes entire ecosystems, connecting mind and soul to tree and soil. Takada’s 1981 album Through the Looking Glass is considered an essential recording of minimalist music. Now 70 years of age, and with a number of new recordings released recently, Takada is a maestro whose command of musical and theatrical technique enable her performances to go beyond the musical to transcend through rhythm.
“The sight of Midori Takada whiplashing between drums, cymbals and marimba is something few observers forget. She is a mesmerising performer of great physical intensity.” The Guardian
The event will last approximately 1 hour 30 minutes.
Presented in collaboration with the BFI.