Tony Prabowo has become Indonesia’s foremost contemporary composer with his fusion of Indonesian and Western-style music. The music of Prabowo will be performed at a series of concerts, titled “Absolute-MIX Presents Electro-Acoustic Music,” in Tokyo on March 27-28.
Born in Malang, Indonesia in 1956, Prabowo grew up in the aftermath of the 1965 attempted coup in Indonesia. He has composed for both Western and Eastern ensembles, most famously for his New Jakarta Ensemble, and in the 1980s worked with dancers in his home country and in Japan.
Pianist Tomoko Yazawa, vocalist Chizuru Mitsuhashi and viola player Stephanie Griffin will play pieces by Prabowo, William Duckworth, Hirokazu Hiraishi, Philip Glass, John Cage and Kaija Saariaho.
In three of the concerts, members of the audience will be able to participate live in the music-making with those on stage using the music software PitchWeb, developed by American postminimalist composer Duckworth. The PitchWeb is a multiuser musical instrument played by moving shapes that trigger sound samples, designed to be played by people of any musical ability. A PitchWeb workshop, attended by Duckworth, will precede three of the concerts.
Concert organizers are giving 12 pairs of tickets away to readers of The Japan Times. Interested applicants should e-mail Absolute-MIX@hotmail.co.jp with their name, age, occupation and preferred concert and add “JT reader.” The deadline is March 20. Applicants should also indicate whether or not they want to use PitchWeb and bring with them a cellphone with Internet access. Attendees will also be accepted to the workshops without a reservation (maximum of 120 people).
“Absolute-MIX Presents Electro-Acoustic Music” will be held at Suginami Kokaido (Small Hall) near Ogikubo Station on the JR Chuo Line. The schedule for the concerts is as follows: March 27, 1 p.m. PitchWeb workshop, 3 p.m. concert; March 27, 5 p.m. workshop, 7 p.m. concert; March 28, 1 p.m. workshop, 3 p.m. concert; March 28, 5 p.m. Q&A with Prabowo and music critic Kazue Yokoi, 7 p.m. concert.
Tickets are 3,500 yen in advance (4,000 yen on the day). Discount tickets are available for students and adults accompanied by a child. Some of the proceeds will go to tsunami and earthquake relief in Indonesia. For tickets, call (03) 5280-9996 or visit conversation.co.jp/