(b.1968, Nagoya, Japan)
Makoto Nomura is a composer and pianist who has pioneered new forms of collaborative composing, directly involving others - including 'non-musicians' - in the creation of his works. Using musical games and wordless discussions as starting points for compositions, he has involved community groups, including residents of old people's homes, children, people with disabilities and dancers, in making improvisatory works. Western orchestral instruments, traditional Japanese instruments, the Javanese gamelan, and found objects such as stones, plastic bottles and balloons have all been brought into play. He has held recitals in public baths using hot water and buckets, played melodicas with animals (his collaborators in Music with Pets included ducks, pigs, horses, monkeys, orang-utans, lions and an ant-eater) and, with the Hokusai Manga Quartet, has used Hokusai's drawings as a score. One of Nomura's innovatory compositional strategies is Shogi, which he describes as 'a kind of recipe for collaborative composition among various people with different musical backgrounds and various musical abilities. It is just like playing cards around a table.'
Wide Open Score
In this workshop, Makoto Nomura explores strange, enjoyable and entertaining music without using conventional musical notation.
Creaky noises, energetic free rhythm on percussion, tone-deaf singing, and other such peculiar forms are explored. How can we make a score for such wide open music? Nomura explains his own method of collaborative composition, 'Shogi Composition', and encourages participants to explore their own way of notating music.
No musical knowledge is required for this workshop. Participants can bring their own instruments and also have access to Javanese gamelan instruments. This workshop concludes with a mini-concert.
Shogi Composition by Makoto NOMURA, Yusuke KATAOKA, Kumiko YABU and Naoto KAWATE
For anybody over 14
Concessions: 50% off (limited availability)
Venue: Hayward Gallery Lecture Theatre
Approximate duration: 3 hours