Communication is an important part of all human activity. Makoto Nomura notices how in everyday life communication often entails wonderful creative misinterpretations and errors. This workshop concentrates on how we can deviate from musical convention by making such mistakes and misunderstandings intentionally and unintentionally. Mischief and nonsense ideas are invited! Participants use Javanese gamelan instruments but are also welcome to bring their own instruments.
Approximate duration: three hours
Makoto Nomura (b.1968, Nagoya, Japan)
Makoto Nomura is a composer and pianist who has pioneered new forms of collaborative composing, directly involving others - including 'non-musicians' - in the creation of his works. Using musical games and wordless discussions as starting points for compositions, he has involved community groups, including residents of old people's homes, children, people with disabilities and dancers, in making improvisatory works. Western orchestral instruments, traditional Japanese instruments, the Javanese gamelan, and found objects such as stones, plastic bottles and balloons have all been brought into play. He has held recitals in public baths using hot water and buckets, played melodicas with animals (his collaborators in Music with Pets included ducks, pigs, horses, monkeys, orang-utans, lions and an ant-eater) and, with the Hokusai Manga Quartet, has used Hokusai's drawings as a score. One of Nomura's innovatory compositional strategies is Shogi, which he describes as 'a kind of recipe for collaborative composition among various people with different musical backgrounds and various musical abilities. It is just like playing cards around a table.'