Japanese composer and musician Makoto Nomura leads a workshop for anyone who enjoys moving their body, as well as for musicians and dancers. Participants explore entertaining and enjoyable physical exercises as ways of playing musical instruments. The class then has an opportunity to put their new learning into practice by playing Southbank Centre's Javanese gamelan - a traditional Indonesian musical ensemble composed of various tuned percussion 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.'