Yurodny premiere a new work by Japanese composer Mamoru Fujieda in Dublin on 9 December 2011

The Arts Council-funded commission, Hi-Miwari, is a collaboration between Mamoru Fujieda, one of Japan’s foremost living experimental composers, and the Dublin-based Yurodny Ensemble led by saxophonist, composer and producer Nick Roth.

Described as a “micro-opera for voice, violin, cello, harp, soprano saxophone, accordion”, the work is a re-interpretation of a text from Lafcadio Hearn’s seminal Kwaidan. The piece forms a part of Fujieda’s Patterns of Plants series, which uses data generated by the electrostatic impulses in plant leaves as the source of its musical material.

Mamoru Fujieda studied composition under Joji Yuasa and Morton Feldman. Influenced by Harry Partch and Lou Harrison, he has been working on possibilities of alternative tuning systems based on just intonation, and derives much inspiration from material derived from plant sources. He has recorded several albums for John Zorn’s new music label Tzadik.

The concert takes place at the Severed Head Gallery, Dublin on 9 December at 7pm and will also be performed in Tokyo and Fukuoka in 2012.

Further information: www.yurodny.com

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