“Onokoro – creations/beginnings"
An evening of music and dance exploring the universal concepts of creations and beginnings
Thomas Piercy, Artistic director
John Cage Gilbert Galindo Masatora Goya
Bin Li Miho Sasaki
Miki Orihara, dancer/choreographer modern dance
Maki Yamamae, Bugaku dancer/choreographer Bugaku dance
Ghislaine van den Heuvel, dancer
Thomas Piercy, clarinet/hichiriki/ohichiriki
Marina Iwao, piano
Lish Lindsey, ryuteki; Joseph Jordan, hichiriki
Harrison Hsu, sho; Masayo Ishigure, koto
Sabina Torosjan, violin; Lara Lewison, violin
Laura Thompson, viola; Daniel Hass, cello
Pablo Aslan, double bass
“Ryoanji” for 3 hichiriki and percussion
“Netori, Netori” concerto for clarinet and gagaku ensemble (2017)
with bugaku dancer Maki Yamanae
“黎明 - reimei - Dawn” for ohichiriki, cello, and piano
(2023) (World Premiere)
“Primordial” for clarinet, cello, and piano
(2023) (World Premiere)
“Onokoro” Concerto for hichiriki and strings
(2021) (US Premiere)
with dancers Miki Orihara and Ghislaine van den Heuvel
September 23rd and 24th, 2023
7pm performances, doors open at 6:30pm
Tickets: $30 ($15 students/seniors)
Martha Graham Studio One
55 Bethune St, 11th floor New York, NY 10014
A Random Access Music and "Tokyo to New York" co-production
"ONOKORO – creations/beginnings" is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. "ONOKORO – creations/beginnings" is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
"ONOKORO – creations/beginnings"
An evening of music and dance exploring the universal concepts of creations and beginnings.
Modern dance; traditional Japanese Bugaku dance; Clarinet concerto with Gagaku ensemble; Hichiriki concerto with strings; Trios combining Western classical instruments with traditional Japanese instruments.
“Tokyo to New York” in collaboration with Random Access Music, is thrilled to announce the upcoming production of "ONOKORO – creations/beginnings," a unique fusion of music and dance that explores the universal themes of creation and beginnings. The one-hour non-stop show will feature a captivating blend of contemporary compositions combining traditional Japanese instruments with Western classical instruments, performed by a stellar ensemble of musicians and dancers. The show will include Modern dance; traditional Japanese Bugaku dance; Clarinet concerto with Gagaku ensemble: Hichiriki concerto with strings; trios combining Western classical instruments with traditional Japanese instruments.
"ONOKORO – creations/beginnings" is not only a celebration of artistic collaboration which combines the traditional with the contemporary but is also an exploration of the universal themes of creation and beginnings. Inspired by the Japanese creation myth “Onokoro,” the show delves into the broader concept of creation and beginnings, uniting diverse musical genres and dance forms to create a truly immersive experience. This event seamlessly blends and celebrates a harmonious convergence of cultures. The performance is a testament to the diversity of musical expressions and cultures, underscoring the richness of human creativity when artistic worlds collide; a celebration of our shared human experience through the lens of dance and music.
“ONOKORO – creations/beginnings” is a journey in dance and instrumental virtuosity inspired by universal creation myths. Audiences are immersed in a flow of music, dance, and ritual that evokes timeless traditions through contemporary artistry. From “Ryoanji” (summoning the beginnings of sounds) to “Netori, Netori” (evoking the beginnings of organized sound and music), through to “Onokoro” (combining the Eastern and Western worlds of music and movement) - modern dancer Miki Orihara, clarinetist and hichiriki player Thomas Piercy, Bugaku dancer Maki Yamamae, and their colleagues in “Onokoro” will awaken the magic and majesty of creations and beginnings which connect us all.
Under the artistic direction of Thomas Piercy and the choreography of Miki Orihara, "ONOKORO – creations/beginnings" features an exceptional lineup of composers, instrumentalists, and dancers. The program includes compositions by renowned composers John Cage, Gilbert Galindo, Masatora Goya, Bin Li, and Miho Sasaki. The performances will showcase the dance and choreography of Miki Orihara and Maki Yamamae, as well as multi-instrumentalist Thomas Piercy on clarinet, hichiriki, and ohichiriki. Joining Orihara, Yamamae and Piercy are dancer Ghislaine van den Heuvel, ryuteki player Lish Lindsey, hichiriki player Joseph Jordan, sho player Harrison Hsu, koto player Masayo Ishigure, violinists Sabina Torosjan and Lara Lewison, violist Laura Thompson, cellist Daniel Hass, bassist Pablo Aslan, and pianist Marina Iwao.
The program features an array of compelling compositions, including the meditative "Ryoanji" for 3 hichiriki and percussion by John Cage; Bin Li's "Netori, Netori" Concerto for clarinet and gagaku ensemble with bugaku dancer Maki Yamamae; Miho Sasaki's "黎明 - reimei - Dawn" for ohichiriki, cello, and piano will make its world premiere as will Gilbert Galindo's "Primordial" for clarinet, cello, and piano; and Masatora Goya's "Onokoro" Concerto for hichiriki and strings will feature hichiriki plaer Thomas Piercy and dancers Miki Orihara and Ghislaine van den Heuvel.