“My music is like a garden, and I am the gardener. Listening to my music can be compared with walking through a garden and experiencing the changes in light, pattern and texture.”
-Toru Takemitsu, from The Guardian’s A guide to Toru Takemitsu’s music
Con Vivo Music is pleased to present a portrait concert of the Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu. Largely self-taught, Takemitsu is know for incorporating philosophy and musical representations of nature is his compositions. Our performance will be framed as a musical garden, with unique staging, lighting, and arrangements of both performer and audience.
An acclaimed composer and theorist, Takemitsu was influenced by a broad range of music from jazz to Debussy and Schoenberg. Takemitsu was a founding member of the Japanese group “Experimental Workshop”, a varied group of avant-garde artists. He was a professor of composition at Yale University and received a range of awards for his music including the Prix Italia, Glenn Gould Prize, membership of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and membership of the Royal Academy of Music in London. Takemitsu is also known for his music for films such as Woman in the Dunes and Ran.
Toru Takemitsu: And Then I Knew t’was Wind
Toru Takemitsu: Distance
Toru Takemitsu: All in Twilight
Toru Takemitsu: Towards the Sea
Toru Takemitsu: Itinerant
This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of The National Endowment for the Arts, administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Thomas A. Degise, County Executive, and the Board of Chosen Freeholders.