The challenge to the worldfs first performance of all compositions by a large-scale professional orchestra.
Embracing viewpoints of historical context and future of orchestral music, four composers who are different
in styles and policies of creation have gathered to explore into their works based on the individual points of view,
to present their creations, and to share this opportunity with all the members. This is why gOrchestra Projecth
organized the challenge.
gOrchestra Projecth, the 32nd time this year (2017), has launched from concert halls a number of representative
compositional works of Japan, and have earnestly accumulated to date major archives of orchestral scores and experiences
of public performance in our country.
For the coming stage in 2017, four composers - Masahiro ISHIJIMA (1960-), Harue KUNIEDA (1958-),
Masashi HIRAI (1957-) and Rieko SUZUKI - will present the worldfs first performances of their new orchestral
works on November 17, 2017 at Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall, with Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, led since 2014
by Jonathan NOTT, a world authority on contemporary music, conducted by Youichi SUGIYAMA, a composer/conductor
who is one of the greatest practitioners of contemporary music in our country of our time.
Of these four works, Ishijimafs work and Hiraifs work are triple-woodwind orchestral works without
a soloist, and Kuniedafs work and Suzukifs work are concertos featuring Japanese musical instruments.
Gathered under the slogan of concert -- gKyoseih, the Sound of Life Travels beyond Time and Space -- ,
each and every composer seeks a way to propose a new paradigm in its own creative activity, observing
Japan from inside and outside, based on its introspection and projection.
gKyoseih is a word coined to represent a place or concept where miscellaneous lives,
freed from being confined in specific topos or classification such as Japan, human being
and so on, can resonate with each other. Considering practical problems we encounter
on our planet today, including interracial and religious conflicts, infringement of human rights,
expanding economic disparity, environmental problems such as climate change and energy utilization,
destruction of nature and many endangered species, singularity (the day AI surpasses human intelligence)
and cloning technology, we the composers have been asking ourselves and trying to find words
to explain what we have done as composers, why we compose, and where we to go.
Orchestra is just like a mosaic of sounds. Hoping to deliver symphonic world created
by each one of us to as many people as possible. Hoping to weave sounds and music
that resonate with life across a variety of values. This is the hope we share.