Ushio Torikai

Thursday, October 13, 1988 @ 8:00 pm

Ushio Torikai is known for her highly individual musical voice, developed over many years of research and compositional experience in diverse musical fields including European classical music, traditional Japanese music, ancient Japanese music and computer/electronics.

Here she performs a freely improvised set on shamisen with Evan Parker on sax and George Lewis on trombone.


Ushio Torikai is known for her highly individual musical voice, developed over many years of research and compositional experience in diverse musical fields including European classical music, traditional Japanese music, ancient Japanese music and computer/electronics. She started a concert series of her own music in 1979, and was invited to the Paris Biennale in 1982. Concerts of her music have since been presented in major cities in Europe, North America and Japan, including at Georges Pompidou Center (Paris), the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine (New York), the Museum of Modern Art (San Francisco), and Meiji Shrine (Tokyo). Her compositions vary considerably in instrumentation, ranging from Western orchestral instruments to traditional Japanese ones; computer/electronics to reconstructed ancient Asian instruments; and Western Choir to Japanese Buddhist monks’ chants. –Bio as of 2019

 

Torikai/Lewis/Parker (selected excerpt) 1988

 

Ushio Torikai, Evan Parker, George Lewis at Roulette 1988