Author: Nagata Shachu

Pulse Progressions

Date Composed:1995Composer:Kiyoshi NagataArrangement:Kiyoshi NagataPremiere Performance:November 14, 1997 - Canada Council for the Arts Showcase, Harbourfront CentreRecording Title:Tenkai CD As the title suggests, an underlying pulse can be heard throughout this piece even though the actual rhythms and meter are constantly changing and developing (4/4, 3/4 and...

Shinonome

Date Composed:2010Composer:Aki TakahashiArrangement:Aki TakahashiPremiere Performance:November 5, 2010 - Fleck Dance TheatreRecording Title:Iroha Live Concert DVD SHINONOME is a pale shade often seen in the early morning sky, slowly changing its colour as the day approaches. It is crisp as the morning air, clear and magnificent, yet...

Shikkoku

Date Composed:2009Composer:Aki TakahashiArrangement:Aki TakahashiPremiere Performance:November 27, 2009 - Al Green Theatre, TorontoRecording Title:Iroha Live Concert DVD SHIKKOKU (Black Lacquer), bottomless darkness, is the most beautiful and dignified black. Like layering paint, the sounds of deep and heavy Taiko overlap one another. Sticky and glossy like lacquer, every...

Onpa

Date Composed:2005Composer:Kiyoshi NagataArrangement:Kiyoshi NagataPremiere Performance:September 15, 2005 - George Ignatieff TheatreRecording Title:Tsuzure CD New sounds and rhythms continually emerge, swell and then recede, as groups of shime-daiko and miya-daiko overlap and build upon one another’s patterns. ...

Senba Oiwake

Date Composed:2004Composer:Aki TakahashiArrangement:Aki TakahashiPremiere Performance:October 16, 2004 - Hart House TheatreRecording Title:Kiro CD The wind and waves are powerful, more so than one can imagine. How wonderful it is to take up their chorus, with one’s feet planted on the harbour walls, and letting one’s voice...

Oni Gongen

Date Composed:1995Composer:Kiyoshi NagataArrangement:Aki TakahashiPremiere Performance:October 13, 2006 - Al Green Theatre In Japan, ONI are at once both ogres and gods, sent among us to dispel and purify the evil which is found in the world. At ceremonies and festivals throughout Japan, people will don the...

O-Sawagi

Date Composed: 2011 Composer: Kiyoshi Nagata Arrangement: Kiyoshi Nagata Premiere Performance: November 18, 2011 - Fleck Dance Theatre Seven drummers play boisterously with wild abandon. Having fun without thinking…this is the true meaning of O-Sawagi. ...

Sei Gai Ha

Date Composed:2009Composer:Aki TakahashiArrangement:Aki TakahashiPremiere Performance:November 27, 2009 - Al Green Theatre, TorontoRecording Title:Iroha Live Concert DVD A boundless ocean. Unending waves. Sometimes quiet, sometimes raging. Her rich expression has inspired us for centuries. Our ancestors saw fortune in the waves which opened up like fans, endless...

Sarusuberi

Date Composed:2010Composer:Aki TakahashiArrangement:Aki TakahashiPremiere Performance:November 5, 2010 - Fleck Dance TheatreRecording Title:Iroha Live Concert DVD For 100 days, Crape Myrtle continues to blossom through summer until autumn; thus it is named “100 Days Crimson” – SARUSUBERI. Its crimson colour is strikingly beautiful against the blue summer...

Orbit

Date Composed: 2007 Composer: Aki Takahashi Arrangement: Aki Takahashi Premiere Performance: December 1, 2007 - Ryerson Theatre Recording Title: Tsuzure CD / 10th Anniversary Concert DVD We turn continually, almost imperceptibly, locked in a timeless cosmic dance. Like the hands of a clock which move through the hours of each day, or the calendar which...