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The new work by Austin Yip – Koto – based on Nobel Prize winner Yasunari Kawabata’s novel of the same title, will receive its premiere on 10 August, 2019 in Kyoto, Japan by the Rosetta Contemporary Ensemble…
The project “Koto” is initiated by a commission from Rosetta, a Kyoto based contemporary music ensemble, in 2019. The idea behind the concert is to investigate on the possibility of “without framing”, which challenges on the traditional concept of music being a “framed”, or “bounded” art form. “Koto” is a collection of 26 small works, with most of them has no fixed duration, some are written in the traditional format. All the movements are inspired by dialogues from Yasunari Kawabata’s novel of the same title, published in 1962.
The novel was cited by the Nobel Committee as a part of decision to award Kawabata the 1968 Prize for Literature. The story is about Chieko Sada’s life in Kyoto, where she lived with her adopted parents, and later on met her long lost twin sister Naeko.