Posted on 15 March 2018
by MMNY Staff
Though the weather hasn’t quite warmed up yet, days are getting longer and spring is just around the corner. What […]
Winter is Fuyu in Japanese. Originally derived from the verb Furu, to shake, it refers to an ancient ritual performed to shake up the frigid spirit that was frozen cold around the winter solstice. The shaking of the bells in front of the shintoist shrine is a common sight in Japan today, calming the ancestral spirits — a vestige of the winter solstice ceremony, praying for the resurrection of the spirit.
“Lightmotif” is a modern day ritual of renewal: a musical soul-shaking for the new solar cycle. Following the path of Heidi Neilson’s Long Island City Sundial, and using the Citibank building as the gnomon, brass musicians will march while playing a call-and-answer pattern. A group of musicians would march in a line tracing the shadow of the gnomon in different times of the day, while attentively tuning into the brightness of their surroundings and street sound.
All brass musicians welcome to join! No prior rehearsal necessary, but please do download the music in advance.
Join us for coffee after the parade at Triple Shot World Atlas Café.
Hiroya Miura, a native of Sendai, Japan, has been active as a composer and performer in North America. Miura has composed works and installations for Speculum Musicae, New York New Music Ensemble, American Composers Orchestra, le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Juilliard Percussion Ensemble, Momenta Quartet, and members of Reigakusha (Japanese court music ensemble based in Tokyo), which were presented in venues and festivals such as Verbier Festival, Carnegie Hall's JapanNYC Festival, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Smithsonian Institution’s Freer Gallery, Annenberg Center, Sendai Médiathèque, Vacances Percutantes (Marmande, France), Centro de Arte Pepe Espaliú (Córdoba, Spain), Centro Cultural Moca (Buenos Aires, Argentina), and Sogakudo Hall (Tokyo). He holds masters and doctoral degrees in composition from Columbia University, and currently is Associate Professor at Bates College.