Thursday, September 15, 2005

Mirror Of Tree, Mirror Of Field: A Celebration Of The Life And Music Of Toru Takemitsu (1930-1996)

Toru Takemitsu will be celebrated at the Library of Congress, in Washington, D.C., with a round-table discussion and concert on October 8 -- and with screenings of the ten films for which he wrote music beginning September 26. The discussion will feature Mark Swed, Music Critic, Los Angeles Times, Peter Grilli, film producer and president, Japan Society of Boston; Masatoshi Mitsumoto, conductor; Jon Newsom, former Chief, Music Division, Library of Congress; Roger Reynolds, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, Paula Robison, flutist and noted interpreter of Takemitsu's music, and Toshiro Saruya, composer. Special guests at the celebration will be Mrs. Asaka Takemitsu, and daughter Maki Takemitsu.

The program includes Takemitsu's string quartet A way a Lone, Stanza II for harp and tape, Air for flute, and other pieces, featuring flutist Paula Robison, violinist Shoko Aki, violist Maria Lambros, harpist Naoko Yoshino, the Potomac String Quartet, cellist Evelyn Elsing, pianist Audrey Andrist, and others.

The ten films for which Takemitsu provided music are Harakiri (1962) directed by Masaki Kobayashi, Woman of the Dunes (1964)directed by Hiroshi Teshigahara, Kwaidan (1964) directed by Masaki Kobayashi, Empire of Passion (1978) directed by Nagisa Oshima, Toru Takemitsu: Music for the Movies (1994) directed by Charlotte Zwerin, Antonio Gaudi (1984) directed by Hiroshi Teshigahara, Fire Festival (1984) directed by Mitsuo Yanagimachi, Ran (1985) directed by Akira Kurosawa, Onimaru (1988) directed by Yoshishige Yoshida, Black Rain (1989) directed by Shohei Imamura,and The Assassin (1964) directed by Masahiro Shinoda. 06preview.html

Toru Takemitsu at Columbia University. Courtesy Columbia University.


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