Saturday Nights at the Getty presents Midori Takada
Midori Takada is a composer, multi-percussionist, and theater artist renowned in Japanese vanguard circles. In 1983, she released her influential debut solo album Through the Looking Glass. This timeless, minimalist classic–which Takada recorded in two days using bells, marimbas, reed organs, gongs, ocarinas, and Coca-Cola bottles–is inspiring a new generation of listeners after it was reissued to critical acclaim in 2017. The album explores contemplative ambient sounds that are alternatively ethereal and vibrant, yet always precise and mesmerizing, affirming Midori's rightful place in the canon of minimalist composers alongside Brian Eno, Phillip Glass, Pauline Oliveros, Terry Riley, and Steve Reich.
Takada's hypnotic music is based in the concept of coherence between sound and the human body. Her melodies are initially simple, but as they begin to loop and splinter their rhythm breaks and thickens, slowly drawing the listener into another reality. With an encyclopedic knowledge of Asian and African percussive traditions, her fascination has resulted in joint projects with Kakraba Lobi from Ghana, Lamine Konte from Senegal, Farafina Band from Burkina Faso, and Korean musicians such as zither player Chi Seong-Ja, flutist Won-Il, and saxophonist Kang Tae-Hwan. She also led Mkwaju Ensemble's innovative percussion project and still performs with free-jazz band Ton-Klami, alongside Kang Tae-Hwan and jazz pianist Masahiko Satoh.
In addition to an international solo career, she often collaborates with renowned pianist Masahiko Satoh and released the album Lunar Cruise with him in 1990, which was also reissued last year. In the past 20 years, Takada has spent more time in theaters than in concert halls, composing and performing live music for theatrical productions such as Tadashi Suzuki's visonary adaptations of Electra and King Lear.
Harold M. Williams Auditorium at the Getty Center
Free; with reservation.
Parking is $10 after 3 p.m.
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