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Contact: Jane Imai
Telephone: (626) 584-8841
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gConfronting Silence: the Music of Toru Takemitsuh
A festival honoring the life and music of Toru Takemitsu
Saturday, April 25, 2009 through Sunday, April 26, 2009
at Shumei Hall, Pasadena
2430 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107

The Shumei Arts Council of America, in celebration of its 10th Anniversary Season and in collaboration with Southwest Chamber Music and Pacific Asia Museum, will host a festival to celebrate the life and work of world renowned composer Toru Takemitsu, entitled gConfronting Silence: the Music of Toru Takemitsu.h

The festival begins on Friday, April 24, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. with a lecture on the art of calligraphy, entitled gThe Literati of Japan,h presented by writer, artist, and public speaker Alex Kerr and hosted by Pacific Asia Museum, located at 46 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101, Tel: 626-449-2742. Website: www.pacificasiamuseum.org

The festival continues on Saturday, April 25, from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m., with a symposium titled, gTakemitsu: Nature and the Concept of eMa,fh concerned with the aesthetic idea of ema,f a particularly Japanese concept that the composer Toru Takemitsu incorporated into his mature works as he rediscovered the music of his native land. As do all festival events for Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26, this symposium takes place at Shumei Hall, 2430 East Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena, CA 91107. For more information contact Jane Imai at janeimai@shumeiarts.org, Tel: 626-584-8841, or see www.shumeiarts.org/takemitsu.htm.

Following the Symposium, between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m., experience a fusion of sights and sounds that capture the spirit of emaf in music and silence, form and space, and movement and rest. The program blends photography, dance, the art of tea, calligraphy, and music, both scored and improvisational, into a discourse on one of the guiding principals of Japanese aesthetics. The concert includes works by Takemitsu, Haruno Kira, and the world premier of a work by taiko master Koji Nakamura and koto artist, Yukiko Matsuyama. Among the artists participating are Jeff Von der Schmidt directing Southwest Chamber Music, Koji Nakamura on drums and flute, Yukiko Matsuyama on koto, composer Haruno Kira, dancer Hidesomi Bando, calligrapher and author Alex Kerr, and photographer Sumio Koike. Tea ceremony performed by Masanori Tamaki. Production by Kouji Shftara. Directed by Don Riedel.

The festival continues on Sunday, April 26, 2009, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. with a viewing of the documentary film, gMusic for Movies: Toru Takemitsu,h with an introduction by one of the filmfs producers, Peter Grilli, and anecdotes by Takemitsufs nephew, Kouji Sh'tara. Following the film will be a concert from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. by two-time GrammyR Award-winning Southwest Chamber Music, presenting mesmerizing works from Takemitsufs expansive and vividly hued gBryce,h inspired by Utahfs Bryce Canyon, and gWaterways.h

The late Toru Takemitsu was a major composer of the late 20th Century and the first Japanese composer to find wide international acclaim. His talents and interests were broad as he drew inspiration from a wide range of sources, including jazz, popular song, the European avant-garde, and traditional Japanese music. He wrote concert music and music for films, and among the latter are a number of cinematic classics.

The Shumei Arts Council of America was created in 1998 to enrich the cultural life of the Pasadena and Los Angeles communities, and foster a deeper appreciation of the arts, especially among young people. This mission is based on the belief that art can enlighten the hearts and minds of people, and that through this transformation our community will flourish.

Founded in 1987, Southwest Chamber Music is one of the most active chamber music ensembles in the United States, presenting concert series in Los Angeles County. The ensemble provides weekly music education programs in the Los Angeles and Pasadena Unified School Districts through Project Muse in-school concerts, a Mentorship Program, and other community events.

Pacific Asia Museum is one of only four institutions in the United States dedicated exclusively to the arts and culture of Asia and the Pacific Islands. The museumfs mission is to further cultural awareness and understanding through the arts.

RELATED EVENT:

gMusic Unwrappedh
Southwest Chamber Music performs works by Takemitsu as part of their family program.
May 2, 2009 at 4:00 p.m.
Pacific Asia Museum
46 N. Los Robles Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101
Tel: 626 449 2742
Website: www.pacificasiamuseum.org

Calligraphy Exhibition by Alex Kerr
March 13, 2009 to May 10, 2009
Shumei Hall Gallery
2430 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107
Tel: 626 584 8841
Website: www.shumeiarts.org/events.html