Sat. July 1, 7:30 PM
 Sun. July 2, 11:00 AM
 Sun. July 2, 7:30 PM
 Mon. July 3, 7:30 PM
 Dietrich Henschel
 Mari Kodama
 Momo Kodama
 Melody Moore
 Ichiro Nodaïra
 Karsten Windt
 Unsuk Chin
 Claude Debussy
 Gustav Mahler
 W. A. Mozart
 Ichiro Nodaïra
 Arnold Schönberg
 Franz Schubert
 Robert Schumann
 Hugo Wolf
Ichiro Nodaïra
b. 1953, Tokyo -

INTERLUDE No. 1: An Original Landscape – for solo piano (1992)

In most of this piece chords and rhythms are replaced by an urge to express. Some rhythmic patterns are occasionally inserted like “islands.” The pianist voyages amidst these “islands” in an unstructured and unstable “sea.”

Only at the very end of the piece does a melody emerge, accompanied by various types of chords, which serves as a resolution. The subtlety is derived from the floating rhythms and clusters of sonorities.

I intended once again to reaffirm my view about musical creation that is expressed throughout my work.

INTERLUDE No. 2: In Memoriam T – for solo piano (1998)

Interlude No. 2 was commissioned by the Editions Henry Lemoine of Paris. The “T” in the title stands for Totu Takemitsu, to whom this piece is an homage. A certain Takemitsu-like sonority is gradually transformed into a different Takemitsu-like sonority. During the transformation process, sometimes simple and sometimes complex, the sonority constantly changes its quality (which is not directly related to Takemitsu) and brightness.

ECHO DANS LE BOIS (June, 2000)

I composed this piece and entitled it “Kodama” (Rag in the Forest) as an encore piece for two wonderful sister pianists, Mari and Momo Kodama. I later added a few bars for the piece’s world premier with the Berkeley Symphony, conducted by Kent Nagano in 2001. What will first be noted is the friendly and intimate tone. The tonality is meant to reflect not my own personal style, but rather that of the pianists. The piece begins with a short introduction in which the first piano and second piano can be heard in echo. As indicated by the original title, an introduction is followed by two choruses of ragtime, and the piece ends with a bright coda. (The title, “Kodama,” is for the pianists, but it also means “Echo” in Japanese.)

ARABESQUE II (1979-1991)

"Arabesque" is a series of five short musical compositions written between 1978 and 1983. It was composed for a variety of musical instruments and voices, including, beside the piano, soprano, saxophone, guitar and tuba. The second piece for the piano, composed between 1978 and1979, was first played by Nana Hamaguchi at the Salle Corteau in Paris as part of the series “ Japan, its Music and Musicians.”

The original score was then repeatedly revised until 1991 when the composer himself recorded the final version on CD. As the title "Arabesque" (meaning "intricate pattern of sounds or tapestry of sounds") suggests, the piano’s colorful timbre interweaves a twilling with much use of all three pedals, especially the central sostenuto pedal.

LA MADRUGADA (2005 - 06)
Yumi’s two arias

Barry Gifford wrote the libretto for the opera “ La Madrugada ( Before Dawn)” which Toru Takemitsu (1930 - 1996) was not able to compose during his lifetime. It was composed later by Ichiro Nodaira from 2005 to 2006, and played for the first time at the Opernhaus Kiel in Germany by the Schleswig-Holstein Orchestra directed by Kent Nagano. The piano accompaniment version of two arias sung by the protagonist Yumi will be performed today.

The plot takes place in a country where mention of the past, and even the possession of photographs happens to be prohibited by law. Some incident from the past, which is not clearly detailed in the story but probably concerns an atomic bombing or genocide of the Auschwitz type, is being kept secret by the state authority and the elders. The seventeen year old heroine, Yumi, and her boyfriend have dreams about that past incident and work together to gradually understand what truly happened.

The first aria, entitled "The Table Manners of Cannibals - All that is said is a lie " (Act IV), is a rock tune in which the young couple accuses the authorities. A police officer enters the hall to arrest them, and the scene ends up in a great confusion.

         Text for "The Table Manners of Cannibals":

         YUMI is on stage in a concert hall, the lead singer for a rock band.
         TEVA is playing guitar among the other musicians behind her. The hall
         is filled with young people who gradually respond to the band's music.

         YUMI           Every thing they tell you is lies.
                           Can't even look in your eyes
                           But it's not you they despise
                           Just try this on for size

         CHORUS      What do you know about the time before
                           Don't you think it's time
                           That we explore
                           What's in the past?
                           And do it fast!
                           I know your life ain't nice
                           No time to tell you this twice
                           The language can't be precise
                           With your head caught in a vise

         CHORUS      What do you know about the time before
                           Don't you think it's time
                           That we explore
                           What's in the past?
                           And do it fast!

         As YUMI and the band perform, thrashing around the stage, police enter
         the concert hall an attempt to contain the excitement of the audience.
         Their repressive tactics have an opposite effect, however, and soon,
         with the band increasing their intensity, the scene turns savage, with
         police and spectators fighting.

         YUMI           They say what's in the past is past
                           But you know that can't last
                           One generation was gassed
                           Another wiped out by a blast

          CHORUS      What do you know about the time before
                           Don't you think it's time
                           That we explore
                           What's in the past?
                           And do it fast!

         The riot continues. More police arrive and destroy the band's
         instruments, dragging the musicians off of the stage. YUMI and TAVA
         break away and run together out of the concert hall as chaos reigns.

In the second aria "The Dreams – where the rain never stops" (Act XIII), Yumi finally gets arrested by the authorities and sings a lyrical aria right before being exiled to the sea. Later Yumi, who was intended to die at sea, is rescued by a large school of whales.

          Text for "The Dreams":

          After the parade has passed, the window shrinks to its normal size, and
          YUMI rises.

          YUMI           Here where the rain never stops
                            life is simple
                            One can only summon death not stop it
                            Relieve yourself of the effort
                            before it becomes absolutely necessary
                            What the sky says
                            I remenber
                            The noise beyond my ears is outrageous-
                            Do you see the bird
                            the pattern in the mud
                            People disappear before they pass
                            the body is forgotten
                            a horse in the fog
                            darkness is certain
                            laughter is incomplete
                            the clown amuses himself
                            waves freeze
                            of the unreal
                            false messages
                            cheap apples
                            a boy behind the curtain
                            big hands
                            horns for the dead
                            everyone wears a hat
                            love is a response
                            religion is the river
                            all men are lonely
                            one look says it all
                            faces pass the rest comes later
                            it's certainly peaceful
                            in the country
                            don't take my picture
                            the man still can't answer
                            it's over for the cowboy
                            the brain is responsible
                            careful of a smile
                            portrait of the dog
                            wrinkles in the air
                            a dreadful idea and more
                            writing with lipstick is sic
                            don't harm the reflection
                            point wings on everyone