The sixth season of CONTACT!, the New York Philharmonic’s new-music series, concludes with ‘Focus on Japan’, Friday 5 June 2015 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The programme will feature modern and contemporary works by Japanese composers including a World Premiere-New York Philharmonic Commission of Trinity Laban Alumnus Dai Fujikura’s (BMus, 2000) Infinite String.
Dai said “I have been spying on the New York Philharmonic’s CONTACT! concerts from afar…I am honoured to take part in this adventure”. Philharmonic musicians also performed the U.S. Premiere of Dai Fujikura's silence seeking solace at The Museum of Modern Art in a CONTACT! programme as part of the inaugural NY PHIL BIENNIAL, May-June 2014.
Alumnus Maria Marchant (BMus, 2007) is pianist-in-residence at the Shipley Arts Festival 2015 in Sussex. Maria will also be playing at the Southbank Centre alongside previous Junior Fellow Christopher Guild (Richard Carne Junior Fellow in Performance, 2013). The concert is in memorial of John McCabe and will be broadcast by BBC Radio 3.
Victoria Oruwari (Postgraduate Diploma, 2007) has collaborated with Installation artist and sculptor Tabatha Andrews to create ROOMARTSPACE. It will be an acoustic installation that disrupts the relationships between senses. ROOMARTSPACE opens on the 20 May, then shows on Fridays and Saturdays until 6 June.
“The convoluted, labyrinthine surface of this work creates a semi-anechoic effect, a ‘sound vacuum’ and a strong tactile and visual presence. The material used is felt shoddy, a low-grade, absorbent material made of recycled textiles that usually remains hidden but is resonant with memory. A blind singer, Victoria Oruwari, will sing at various times during the exhibition to a score by composer John Matthias, made in response to the work.”