July 17, 2018
New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival
Composition Title: 6 stories l fixed media composition for improvisers l NYCEMF Abrons Art Center, Playhouse
fixed media of texts, voice, cello, sanshin
Madeleine Shapiro cello
Aine Nakamura voice, sanshin, body movements
The work is written through the eyes of Japanese American who was raised in Japan and came back to "America", the eyes of an outsider and insider. The stories of Japan, the island of hills (Manhattan), and places around the world are weaved both in and sometimes disturbing the rhythm of Japanese speech, and improvisations and English words interact with the sound. The composition also brings about a book of Ainu (northern Japanese traditional culture) written by Yukie Chiri. It crosses with Ainu melodic storytelling through the speaking and onomatopoeic words, when the story talks about Mashu Lake in Hokkaido, and, from then, questions the patriarchal power structures in the U.S. and in Japan, while the eyes of the outsider and insider continue to tell everyday stories.
This art work that features media, improvisations, and textures of sounds is the construction and deconstruction of the past, the present, and different time lines and places, finally leading into the future.
This composition was first performed with sound-painting and conducting in December 2017 at Arnhold Hall, The New School. (Words and Music directed by Diane Moser.)
The work was recorded on February 5, 2020 at the New York University.
Review by Jean Ballard Terepka on Theater Scene
New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival 2018: Excellence
In a packed, busy Festival, several particularly marvelous new works emerged.
The transparency of imagination at work produced particularly successful music.
Aine E. Nakamura’s six stories, performed by Nakamura herself, singing and playing the sanshin, and cellist Madeleine Shapiro is a headily complex and interesting work. Accompanied by fixed media, Nakamura and Shapiro both sing and speak while playing their instruments both ‘traditionally’ and ‘non-traditionally,’ comparing experiences of Manhattan and Japan. Music and voices, in dialogue and chant, summon up images of both American and Asian worlds; the two artists, side by side, are priestesses and creators, women comparing stories and memories, two beings simultaneously separate and interconnected.
May 09, 2018
Ernst C. Stiefel Concert Hall
Piece Title: War, mother and a child l cross-disciplinary
theater, voice, piano
actor Jeff Kosharek
piano Artyom Pak
voice, composition (Night Before War) Aine Nakamura