About the piece:
"mega-phone-m" is written for the trumpet player Kiyonori Sokabe with his special instrument called "Zephyros". Sounds of his solo play are picked up and transmitted to a laptop computer and then play back through megaphone. The distance between these two sound sources in a room and the time-distance of delay are always varied and slowly builds toporogical map in the room.
Masahiro Miwa (Composer)
Miwa was born in Tokyo in1958, and formed a rock band in highschool in 1974. In 1978 he moved to Germany toattend the National Academy of Art in Berlin, where he studied composition under Isang Yun. Since 1985 he has studied under GźntherBecker at the Robert Schumann National Academy in Dźsseldorf. He has been teaching computer- and electronic music at the Academysince 1988. In 1986 Miwa began to teach himself computer programming, and has since focused on creating computer music.
Miwa has been the recipient of many awards for his work, including: the Hambacher Prize (Germany,1985); the Irino Prize (Japan,1989); second prize in the Music Today Composition Contest (Japan,1991); first prize in the Concorso Internationale Luigi Russoro (Italy,1992);and the Muramatsu Award (Japan,1995).His works have been performed in Europe, Japan, the United States andCanada. He has been involved in other projects, including collaborations with Akke Wagenaar for interactive computer installations, and a house music album, "Lucky Choi" released by Meldac in1991, "RotkŠppchen-Begleiter" by Rhizome Sketch in 1995, "GesŠnge des Ostens" by Fontec in 1998 and 4 CDs of "Ascending Music forthe End of Century".In 1995 he was lecturer at Academy of Media Arts Cologne and since 1996 he is professor at International Academy of Media Arts and Sciences Gifu, Japan.
Kiyonori Sokabe (trumpet)
Born in Ehime Pref. in 1952, Kiyonori Sokabe is a graduate of the Instrumental Music Department of the Tokyo National University of Fine Art and Music. He studied trumpet under Fujio Nakayama and Genzo Kitamura. After graduation, Sokabe joined in the founding of the "Ueno no Mori Brass" ensemble and has continued to serve as its concert master for more than twenty years. During this time they have made two overseas tours, released four CDs and has continued concert performances within Japan at a rate of more than 50 a year.
Highly acclaimed in Japan as a specialist in the performance ofcontemporary music, Sokabe was also a central member of the world-renowned composer Jo Kondo's Musica Practica Ensemble and, during the ten years before its dissolution, gave many premiere performances of new compositions both domestically and overseas.
In the recent years Sokabe has also performed actively as a soloist,winning acclaim for his performances not only of the Haydn and Hummel concertos with orchestras in the Tokyo area but also of works by composers like J.D. Leopold Mozart and Andre Jolivet. In 1994, he was soloist for the performance of Ken Ito's "Festina Lente" with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra at one of its regular concerts. Also, he gave the world's first performance of a new work by Michael Nyman at the Tokyo Summer Festival. Sokabe has also performed at the Hokutopia International Music Festivals of 1995 and '98.
Sokabe became the first Japanese trumpet player to give a series ofconcerts consisting solely of contemporary pieces, including as its venues Osaka in December of 1994 and Tokyo in January of 1996 and May of 1997, which were very well received and covered in such music publications as Ongaku no Tomo, Ongaku Geijutsu, Ongaku Gendai, Band Journal and Pipers.
Wishing to generate music from his native Ehime Prefecture, Sokabe has held recitals there every summer since 1996, from which numerous new pieces have emerged.
Sokabe has also been active in the creation of new instruments and mutes (which he calls Sound Transformers (STF)), with the slide-fitted Zephyros trumpet he originally proposed now stimulating a large number of composers to write many pieces specifically for this new type of trumpet. Furthermore, Sokabe is ambitiously pursuing the creation of new music utilizing computers.
In June of 1999, Sokabe released a CD from Kojima Recordings titled"Till Now and From Now On" (ALCD-50) made up completely of pieces byJapanese composers. Sokabe can surely be said to be the most active trumpet soloist in Japantoday (contemporary music), creating music aimed at the entire music world.
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