Ryoji Ikeda & Eklekto
music for percussion
A landmark evolution from electronic music to fully acoustic percussion
Internationally acclaimed sound artist Ryoji Ikeda has appeared at Kyoto Experiment on three previous occasions, each time stunning and overwhelming audiences. Last autumn, he presented a performance of approximately 15 years’ worth of concert pieces as well as a massive outdoor audio-visual installation that combined to form a truly comprehensive overview of his work.
Though he is best known for his use of digital media to create electronic sounds that transcend the human audible range as well as large installations that surpass our sense of scale, the sound artist has here written a new concert with pure acoustic sounds especially for the four musicians of the Swiss percussion ensemble Eklekto.
This concert was given its world premiere by Eklekto at La Bâtie Festival in Geneva. Using such instruments as handclaps, cymbals and triangles, the work comprises four pieces that interweave changes in style and structure. While isolating the purity of sound, music for percussion nonetheless offers an aural experience of the same minimal soundscape from all of Ikeda’s work. The remarkable result is a groundbreaking new landmark in his tireless exploration of acoustic music and perception.
- South Hall, ROHM Theatre Kyoto
- Geneva, Switzerland
Born in 1966 in Gifu, Japan, Ryoji Ikeda lives and works in Paris and Kyoto. As Japan’s leading electronic composer and visual artist, he focuses on the essential characteristics of sound itself and on its visualization by means of both mathematical precision and mathematical aesthetics. Ikeda has gained a worldwide reputation as one of the few international artists working convincingly across both visual and sonic media. Alongside his music, Ikeda also creates immersive live performances and installations with elements of sound, visuals, materials, physical phenomena and mathematical concepts. His output includes datamatics (2006–), test pattern (2008–), spectra (2001-), cyclo. (in collaboration with Carsten Nicolai, 2000–), superposition (2012–), supersymmetry (2014–), and micro | macro (2015–). His work is frequently presented at international art museums, theaters and festivals. In 2016, he premiered a new acoustic stage piece, music for percussion, in collaboration with the Swiss ensemble Eklekto, which is planned for CD release in 2017. His many prizes include the Golden Nica in the Digital Music division at Prix Ars Electronica 2001 as well as the Prix Ars Electronica Collide@CERN Award 2014.
Eklekto is a contemporary percussion collective founded in 1974 in Geneva. Created Under the visionary impulse of Swiss percussionist Pierre Metral, the group was first called CIP (International Percussion Centre), and became an important contemporary percussion centre, building up collaborations with other percussion organizations such as Kroumata, Amadinda and Les Percussions de Strasbourg. Over the years, the collective has worked with prestigious artistic directors : Steven Schick, William Blank, Jacques Ménétrey, Jean Geoffroy. Since 2011 the collective has taken the name Eklekto and has a flexible lineup of up to 20 percussionists. Over the years, Eklekto has gathered a collection of percussion instruments of nearly 1000 pieces. The group focuses on collaborating with living composers and artists in order to create and organize concerts, multimedia projects and artistic events that question the listener’s expectations towards new musical forms. Eklekto has premiered, among others, works of composers Yoshihisa Taira and Pierre Jodlowski as well as performed with many guest musicians including Fritz Hauser and Stefan Asbury. Since 2013, Swiss percussionist Alexandre Babel is Eklekto’s artistic director.
|Concept and composition||Ryoji Ikeda|
|Percussionists (Eklekto)||Alexandre Babel, Stéphane Garin, Lucas Genas, Dorian Fretto|
|Stage manager (Eklekto)||Nadan Rojnic|
|Co-produced||Eklekto Geneva Percussion Center, Ryoji Ikeda Studio, La Bâtie Festival de Genève|
|Tour produced||Richard Castelli (Epidemic), Kyoto Experiment staff|
|Production coordinator||Moemi Nagi (ROHM Theatre Kyoto)|
|Technical coordinators||Kyoka Arisawa, So Ozaki|
|Supported||Agency for Cultural Affairs Arts and Culture Creativity Platform Project 2017|