Photo: Amy Pinnock


Composition Commission issued to Naomi Pinnock for Sound Space Ark 2016

Ensemble Adapter, Berlin, Germany

Sound Space Ark is the name of a Japanese ensemble for New Music that worked intensively in the 70s and 80s on a new repertoire for the unusual but flexible quintet line-up of flute, clarinet, harp, piano and percussion. The group’s Artistic Director – Toru Takemistu – is today probably its best-known member.
Since its founding Ensemble Adapter has also worked regularly in this line-up. The existing compositions of Toru Takemitsu and Bunita Marcus were a decisive factor here. Fascinated and inspired by Sound Space Ark, Ensemble Adapter and the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival aim to draw attention to the rather forgotten Japanese ensemble – with the support of the EvS Music Foundation.
The concert program kicks off with two key works from Sound Space Ark’s repertoire. The historic part of the program will be supplemented by a work by Jo Kondo that arose at the end of Sound Space Ark’s period of creativity. Furthermore, works will be performed by Ensemble Adapter. Providing a glimpse into the future is a composition commission by Berlin-based Briton Naomi Pinnock. With Ensemble Adapter she is elaborating a new 20-minute format.
The aim of the project is to provide a thorough overview of Sound Space Ark’s work and take it further into the reality of New Music today. In addition to their compositional and rehearsal work, the idea here is also to foster close contact with the Japanese musicians and all participating composers.


November 2016
Huddersfield, Great Britain


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