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Friday, Jan. 9, 2004


Ensemble opens rehearsal to public

Up to 200 people will be given a chance to see a rehearsal for a piece of contemporary music performed by three Japanese music students and two members of Ensemble Modern, a leading German ensemble for contemporary music.

The public rehearsal will start at 4 p.m. on Jan. 13 at Doitsu Bunka Kaikan in Akasaka, Tokyo. At 7:15 p.m., a discussion will be held on the theme of today's music and education for such music. Admission is free.

The event is designed to introduce the Japanese public to the activities of the International Ensemble Modern Academy, which was established in Frankfurt by members of Ensemble Modern in summer 2003 to help educate and exchange opinions with young musicians. Ensemble Modern was established in 1980.

Attention will be paid to sharing the accumulated experience of Ensemble Modern with other musicians, composers, conductors and theorists, and to discussing potential forms for future music projects to take.

The tune to be played at the rehearsal is "Trio Fluido for Clarinet, Viola and Percussions" by German composer Helmut Lachenmann, who was born in Stuttgart in 1935.

The musicians from Ensemble Modern are percussionist Rumi Ogawa and clarinetist Roland Diry.

Anyone interested should e-mail a request for permission to attend to: rumi.ogawa@t-online.de

To get to Doitsu Bunka Kaikan (7-5-56, Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo), take the Ginza subway line to Aoyama Itchome Station, walk toward Akasaka, passing the Canadian Embassy by Aoyama Avenue, and enter a narrow street between Takahashi Korekiyo Park and Sogetsu Kaikan Hall. The hall will be on the left side. For further inquiries, call (03) 3584-3201.

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