The profiles of Eriko Makimura and Yoshiaki Iwao

Japanese Pianist ERIKO MAKIMURA

Presents

Concert Performance

【JAPANESE CHAMBER CBARET】

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(all photos: Yuji Nakayama)

Eriko Makimura Pianist/ Concept Maker

Eriko Makimura is a Japanese pianist born in Kobe, Japan.

From 1996 to 2002 she studied at Kyoto City University of Arts and Music. She was awarded by Kyoto Music Corporation for her musical achievements in 2002. After Eriko earned Master of Arts in Japan, she entered Universität der Künste Berlin in Germany and completed her study with great honours in 2006. She also continued studying at Hochschule Musik und Theater Hannover in Soloklasse (the soloist class).

She is a winner of numerous national and international competitions such as Kobe International Music Competition in 2000, the 1st prize at the Chamber Music Competitions in Rome as well as 2nd prize at the Chamber Music Contest in Atri, Italy, in 2004.

Eriko Makimura won Grand Prix at one of the most significant chamber music competitions, Krzysztof Penderecki International Chamber Music Competition in Krakow, Poland, in 2007. In the same year she won the 1st prize and also earned an audience prize at the 2nd European Chamber Music Competition in Germany.

In 2007 Eriko Makimura became a member of European Chamber Music Academy (ECMA), established by a founder of the Alban Berg Quartet, Prof. Hatto Beyerle.

She has made many recordings for radio broadcasting companies and TV such as ABC in Japan, SWR in Germany and classic radio in Portugal.

In 2008 she founded “Eriko Makimura & Co.”, a solo piano and performance art network. The musical company also offers piano teaching for young talent as well as masterclasses for professionals. In 2009 and 2010, she was a musical director of “Den Collinske Gaard”, a new arts & exhibition salon in Copenhagen. She collaborated with the international promotor Lars Top-Galia and his Art Frequency organization.

She also established a new art form called “Chamber Cabaret” and presents it all over the world.
In 2015, Eriko Makimura gave a masterclass and workshop supported by Bentley Music which is the biggest music retailer in Malaysia. Makimura and a Japanese cellist Yoshiko Ikemura performed a duo recital together in Malaysia.

In the summer in 2016, Eriko Makimura was invited to Art Festival in Athens, Greece. She performed concert performance “FIRE WORSHIP” based on a Greek poet Hesiod’s Theogony. She was also invited to perform solo recitals in Stockholm, Kuala Lumpur, Penang in Malaysia.

In October Eriko was invited by professor of Anthropology at Uppsala university Don Kulick (head of the ENGAGINGVULNERABILITY research program) and performed at the anatomical theatre “Gustavianum Museum” in Sweden.

In November Eriko performed concert performance “FRÅDSERI” supported by Statens Kunstfond, Augustinus Fonden, Knud Højgaards Fond and Københavns Komune in Copenhagen for four nights in a row (The concept was made together with a theater director and performance artist Willie Flindt).

Eriko Makimura is currently working on the concert performance series “Seven Deadly Sins” both in Europe and Japan and “Memento Mori” as well as “FIRE WORSHIP” as a concept maker, director and performer.

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Yoshiaki Iwao (Dancer/Choreographer/Director)

Yoshiaki Iwao was born in 1984. At the age of 18, he started his career as a dancer when he entered Kansai Gakuin University. He won the second prize at the street dance national student championship “BIG BANG TOKYO/OSAKA. He also won the Grand Prix at “O-CAT DANCE CHAMPIONSHIP” which is recognized as the most significant dance competition for young talent in Japan.

Yoshiaki studied contemporary dance and ballet with Terri Best and Rei Aoo in the USA from 2011 to 2013.

In 2013 Yoshiaki launched a creative dance group “Odolabo (Dance Laboratory)” in Japan and became a chief director.

In 2016 he won the first prize at “Passion du Ballet à Kyoto” (category of the modern contemporary group). He also won the center field award at Nakano International Dance Competition Tokyo 2016.

Currently Yoshiaki works at Universal Studio Japan as an event producer and focus on expanding dance network through his company “Odolabo”.

 

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JAPANESE CHAMBER CABARET

【The Dates】17th and 18th of May, 2017 at 20:00

【The Venue】DOME OF VISIONS PIER 2 INGE LEHMANNS GADE 8000 AARHUS C

【Tickets】
https://billetto.dk/da/e/japanese-chamber-cabaret-billetter-191933
【Dome of  Visions page】
17th of May: http://domeofvisions.dk/event/japanese-chamber-cabaret/
18th of May: http://domeofvisions.dk/event/japanese-chamber-cabaret-2

 

 

Concert Performance “Japanese Chamber Cabaret”

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【Eriko Makimura presents Japanese Chamber Cabaret】

In English: (Danish text below)

Eriko Makimura presents Japanese Chamber Cabaret, a concert performance with guest performer, Yoshiaki Iwao.

The award-winning, Japanese classical pianist Eriko Makimura, challenges to expresses the Japanese domestic contradictory phenomenon throughout a dramatic and unique experimental approach to the classic concert format. As a woman who grew up and received super strict education in Japan and has lived in Europe for more than 15 years, she observes with her third eye Japanese current social situation as an insider and outsider.

Guest performer/dancer Yoshiaki Iwao will represent the present-day man, who suffers from the disconnect of being a traditional Japanese male, and the social expectations of the 21st century.

・Japanese Chamber Cabaret・

“Running a family is like a business: a manufacture industry”, a Japanese friend of pianist Eriko Makimura said. Education costs a lot, as Japan is still an academic background-oriented society. Kids go to cram school after cram school and study there till midnight. A lot of after school activities are also required. Parents are super busy driving them all around. Hiring babysitters is not very common yet in Japan, so if women want to work, the only choice is to ask grandparents to take care of the kids.

The birth rate is dropping severely due to these conditions. Speaking of grandparents, families are supposed to take care of them at home, when they get older. Japanese average life span is the longest, but it doesn’t mean, that old people live healthily in their later years.

A statistic says that approximately 33 million females are wives in Japan (15 millions are full-time housewives).  Statistically it says that Japanese women’s social positions are rather low in comparison to other countries and the Japanese government is encouraging women’s participation in society which doesn’t seem to be working so well.

Yet, despite of all the demands and social pressure, are Japanese women unhappy to be housewives? Isn’t it their choice to be a housewife?

Outside of Japan insists that equality between men and women is a necessary and sufficient condition. However, in Japan, all the house-hold responsibilities, including economical part, is under control of women. Men receive little pocket money from their wives, even though most of income is supplied by men.

Very much looking forward to seeing all of you in Dome of Visions!

Eriko Makimura/Pianist

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in Danish:

Eriko Makimura præsenterer Japanese Chamber Cabaret, en koncertperformance med gæsteperformer og danser, Yoshiaki Iwao.

Den prisbelønnede, japanske klassiske pianist, Eriko Makimura, udfordrer og udtrykker det japanske indenlandske selvmodsigende fænomen gennem sin dramatiske og unikt eksperimenterende tilgang til det klassiske koncertformat. Som en kvinde, der voksede op og tog en streng uddannelse i Japan og har boet i Europa i mere end 15 år, observerer hun med sit tredje øje den aktuelle japanske sociale virkelighed som både insider og outsider.

Gæsteperformer og danser, Yoshiaki Iwao, vil repræsentere den aktuelle samtidsmand, der lider under at være frakoblet den traditionelle japanske mand og det 21. århundredes sociale forventninger.

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“Running a family is like a business: a manufacture industry”, sagde en japansk ven af pianisten Eriko Makimura. Uddannelse koster meget, da Japan stadig er et samfund, der er orienteret mod at have en akademisk baggrund. Børn går på skole efter skole og studerer der helt indtil midnat. Der kræves også en masse aktiviteter efter skoletid. Forældre har travlt med at køre børn rundt alle vegne! Brug af babysittere er ikke særlig almindelig i Japan – endnu, så hvis kvinderne ønsker at arbejde, er den eneste mulighed at spørge, om bedsteforældrene vil tage sig af børnene.

Fødselstallet i Japan er alvorligt faldende på grund af disse forhold. Og a propos bedsteforældrene, så er det meningen, at familien skal tage sig af dem derhjemme, når de selv bliver ældre. Den japanske, gennemsnitlige levetid er meget lang, men det betyder ikke, at ældre mennesker lever sundt i deres senere år.

Cirka 33 millioner kvinder i Japan er husmødre (befolkningstallet i Japan er 130 millioner). Statistisk betyder det, at japanske kvinders sociale position er temmelig lav sammenlignet med andre lande. Den japanske regering forsøger at fremme kvinders deltagelse i samfundet, men det lader ikke til at virke efter hensigten.

Alligevel, trods de mange krav og det sociale pres, er japanske kvinder så ulykkelige over at være husmødre? Er det ikke deres valg at være husmor?

Uden for Japans grænser fastholder man, at ligestilling mellem mænd og kvinder er en nødvendighed og en tilstrækkelig betingelse. Men i Japan er alle ansvarsområderne i husstanden, herunder den økonomiske del, kontrolleret af kvinder. Mændene får lidt lommepenge fra deres koner, selvom størstedelen af indkomsten leveres af mændene.

Eriko Makimura vil udfolde dette japanske indenlandske selvmodsigende fænomen gennem en performativt, teknisk og dramatisk koncertperformance.

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Eriko Makimura/Pianist

 

【The Dates】17th and 18th of May, 2017 at 20:00

【The Venue】DOME OF VISIONS PIER 2 INGE LEHMANNS GADE 8000 AARHUS C

【Tickets:】
https://billetto.dk/da/e/japanese-chamber-cabaret-billetter-191933
【Dome of Visions page】
17th of May: http://domeofvisions.dk/event/japanese-chamber-cabaret/
18th of May: http://domeofvisions.dk/event/japanese-chamber-cabaret-2

【More Info about Eriko Makimura and Yoshiaki Iwao】
http://www.erikomakimura.com/2017/04/the-profiles-of-eriko-makimura-and-yoshiaki-iwao/

【Program】

●1st half●

E. Satie: Gnossienne No.4 (Music Box)

S. Prokofiev: Cinderella going to the Ball

F. Chopin: Waltz No.1

E. Makimura: Masochistic Tango

E. Satie: Gnossienne No.1

Fire Worship

F. Rzewski: Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues

-Internission-

●Second Half●

Shamans (Japanese Chamber Cabaret)

H. Cowell: Three Irish Legends

E. Makimura: Sadistic Tango

A. Gosfield: Brooklyn, October 5, 1941

F. Chopin: the 3rd and the 4th movements from Piano Sonata No.3

I. Stravinsky/E. Makimura: Massacre du mon mari
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Millions Thanks to photographer Yuji Nakayama and Taeko Kasama!!!

コンサートパフォーマンスシリーズ「七つの大罪」Vol.6 怠惰編

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(Photo and Graphic: 笠間妙子)

Concert Performance Series “Seven Deadly Sins” Vol.6 SLOTH

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【Concert Performance Series “Seven Deadly Sins「七つの大罪」” Vol.6 SLOTH/怠惰編

SLOTH/LAZINESS/BUREAUCRACY/BOREDOM

Eriko Makimura is too lazy to serve rice in a bowl so that she directly eats it from a rice cooker… Eriko Makimura & Co. has already started preparing for concert performance series “Seven Deadly Sins” Vol.6 SLOTH!

上の写真は、良家に嫁いだ (少々トウのたった) 新妻風のエリコが、ご飯をお茶碗によそうのも面倒で炊飯器から直接食べるという、怠惰極まりない1枚。 怠惰編でも大暴れします。

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コンサートパフォーマンスシリーズ「七つの大罪」Vol.6 怠惰編は、2017年7月12日(水) 19:00より、兵庫県立芸術文化センター、神戸女学院小ホールにて開催されます。

Vol.1 「憤怒編」Vol.2 「欲望編 」Vol.3「嫉妬編」Vol.4「高慢編」Vol.5 「強欲編」を経て、罪もまた1つ重ねて、シリーズ第6回目となる「怠惰編」を迎える運びとなりました。

怠惰を象徴する生き物は「熊」。地位・富・名誉の全てを兼ね備えた夫を手に入れたはずの新妻エリコなのに、「… 何かが違うのよね…」と、早くも結婚生活に倦(う)み始め、怠惰の化身である熊に脳から額を侵されていく様子を1枚のイメージに収めたものがポスターとなっています。

「怠惰」である事とは例えて言うなら、日々の生活への倦怠、お役所的仕事(ルールにひたすら身を低くして従うのみで、クリエイティビティゼロ)、向上心硬直状態、反吐が出そうなほど馬鹿馬鹿しいマニュアルを繰り返す行為、有言不実行、理想の瓦解をそのまま放置… 等々、数え上げればキリがありません。これらの要素を全て凝縮して、パフォーマンスに組み込む所存です。怠惰の間逆である、発狂寸前の「超勤勉」に挑戦すべく、或るプロジェクトも同時進行していますので、今まで以上に異色のprogramとなりそうです。

また、近々ゲストパフォーマーについてのお知らせもご報告させて頂きます。

それでは、七つの大罪チーム一同、皆さまのご来場を心よりお待ちしております。どうぞお楽しみに!

Eriko Makimura & Co.

Photo and Graphic: Taeko Kasama

【Date/日時】
2017年7月12日(水) 19:00 開演 (18:30開場)

【Venue/場所】
兵庫県立芸術文化センター 神戸女学院小ホール

【Tickets/入場料】

一般: 4,000円 (当日4,500円)

学生: 3,000円 (当日3,500円)

【Contact/チケットお問い合わせ】

mail: 77deadlysins77@gmail.com

または

tel: 080-3862-4400 (Eriko Makimura & Co.)

✳︎オンラインでのチケット購入も、近日中に可能となります。

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