Tetsuya Komuro collaborates with Ryukyu performing arts, saying Okinawa has good materials

Tetsuya Komuro collaborates with Ryukyu performing arts, saying Okinawa has good materials

Photograph: A special on-stage collaboration by electronic producer Hideki Matsutake (from left), Ryukyu traditional dance artist Sayuri Chibana, sanshin singer Toru Yonaha, musician and producer Tetsuya Komuro, and Yaeyama and Ryukyu music performer Hiroya Yokome at Music Town Oto Ichiba in Okinawa City on February 19.


March 14, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

A talk and live event was held by musician and producer Tetsuya Komuro, Computer Graphics artist and professor of the University of Tokyo Graduate School, Yoichiro Kawaguchi, electronic music producer Hideki Matsutake and Okinawa traditional performing artists on February 18 at Music Town Oto Ichiba in Okinawa City. The Okinawa Prefectural Government presented this event as part of an arts manager training project.
The performers tried a new fusion of Ryukyu traditional dance, sanshin song, electronic music and CG, in a live stage show.

The CG artist captured the elegant movements of Ryukyu traditional dance artists Sayuri Chibana and Yoshikazu Sanabe using sensors, and generated CG images in real time on the background.

In the talk, they also discussed exploring possibilities and issues in the arts in Okinawa.

Professor Kawaguchi said, “Science helps create a new art. I hope that a laboratory to study the art of the future will be established in Okinawa.”

Komuro said, “In Okinawa, there are lots of good materials and facilities with which people can learn about producing and management. I guess it is a space matter. There is a possibility that these activities will end up taking place in a small community.”

(English translation by T&CT)

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