Mari Kimura & Kyoko Kitamura “Poly-Monologue”

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 @ 8:00 pm

Mari Kimura & Kyoko Kitamura – Poly-Monologue (2013)
World Premiere of “Shin-rin Yoku” (Forest Bathing) by Michael Gatonska (2013)

Poly-Monologue is a part of a large-scale multimedia project “ONE” which will tour in Fall, 2013, written for a versatile experimental singer Kyoko Kitamura using trilingual (English, French, Japanese) text. Kitamura interacts with Kimura’s Augmented Violin, created by the Realtime Musical Interaction Team at IRCAM, as well as interactive graphics created by Japanese visual artist in new media, Tomoyuki Kato. Choreography by Mark Lamb.

Mari Kimura will also give the world premiere of “Shin-rin Yoku” (Forest Bathing) written for her by composer/painter Michael Gatonska.  “Shin Rin Yoku” is an interactive audio/visual work, also using Kimura’s “Augmented Violin” system.  Both Kimura’s “ONE” and Gatonska’s “Shin Rin Yoku” are supported by the generous grant from the Composer Assistance Program from New Music USA.

Mari Kimura will also give the world premiere of “Shin-rin Yoku” (Forest Bathing) written for her by composer/painter Michael Gatonska. “Shin Rin Yoku” is an interactive audio/visual work, also using Kimura’s “Augmented Violin” system. Both Kimura’s “ONE” and Gatonska’s “Shin Rin Yoku” are supported by the generous grant from the Composer Assistance Program from New Music USA.

Mari Kimura is at the forefront of creative violinists, widely admired as the inventor of “Subharmonics” and works for interactive computer music, winning the Guggenheim Fellowship, Fromm Commission, and Residency at IRCAM in Paris in 2010.  She received numerous grants including NYFA, Arts International, Meet The Composer, Japan Foundation, and NYSCA. Mari’s CD, The World Below G and Beyond, features her “Subharmonics” and interactive compositions using IRCAM’s “Augmented Violin”.
www.marikimura.com

Kyoko Kitamura is a vocal improviser and composer who has performed and/or recorded with many distinguished musicians including Anthony Braxton, Reggie Workman, Jay Clayton, Steve Coleman, Jim Staley, and Taylor Ho Bynum. Mostly recently, she appears on two Anthony Braxton albums, the opera “Trillium E” (New Braxton House 2011) and the “Syntactical GTM Choir (NYC) 2011” (New Braxton House 2012). She also released her first solo album “Armadillo In Sunset Park” (KK 2011), a collection of songs written for Mark Lamb Dance. Her voice can be heard on Taylor Ho Bynum & SpiderMonkey Strings release “Madeleine Dreams” (Firehouse 12 Records 2009), Jamie Baum’s “Solace” (Sunnyside Records 2008) and Steve Coleman’s “Lucidarium” (Label Bleu 2004), among others. She currently works with Anthony Braxton as a vocalist in his Tri-Centric Orchestra and as a board member of his Tri-Centric Foundation. AllMusicGuide calls her “a major asset… Kitamura is an expressive vocalist who knows how to be quirky and eccentric but is also quite musical.”
www.kyokokitamura.com

 

Michael Gatonska has received numerous awards for his compositions, including the 2012 American Prize for his orchestral composition The Whispering Wind, and fellowship and grant awards from the Civitella Ranieri Center, the Kosciuszko Foundation, the Puffin Foundation, the Chicago Symphony First Hearing Award, three ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, the American Music Center, Meet the Composer, the American Composers Forum, the Roberts Foundation, the Underwood/ACO Commission, a MATA Festival Commission, the Connecticut Commission on Art, the Field, the Mary Cary Flagler Charitable Trust, and he is a MacDowell Colony Fellow.  In 2009, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in the Field of Arts by the Connecticut Education Foundation.  His music has been performed around the world including at the Krakow International Composers Festival, the Teagu Festival of Contemporary Music (South Korea), the Festival Internacional de Musica Contemporanea (Bogota, Colombia), the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, the Tribeca New Music Festival, the MATA Festival, Piano Spheres—Exploring Music of Our Time, the CSN New Music Festival, the Kosciuszko Foundation Chamber Music Series, REAL Art Ways, and at the New Britain Museum of American Art.  Recently, his work has evolved to include capturing soundscapes in an effort to present audiences with a deep listening experience and to advance the development of a personal artistic vision which combines the two things in life that he is very passionate about – music composition and nature’s acoustics. In August of 2012, his soundscapes were broadcast on the “Gardens in the Air” Festival on Datscha Radio, Berlin, Germany.
www.michaelgatonska.com