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Piano Concerto (1988)

In Program Notes on May 30, 2013 at 4:08 pm

A novel inspired me to compose this concerto, Shūsaku Endō’s “Shiroi Hito” [White Men].
The hero of the novel, although a French man, joins the Gestapo. He tortures a former seminarian whom he had confronted in the past, driving him to suicide.
This work is a complete rewrite of a piece I wrote in 1986, originally to complete my degree at the Superior School of the University of the Arts of Tokyo. It won 1st prize in The 57th Music Competition of Japan.
This concerto was performed by pianist Sumiko Hioki with the New Japan Philharmonic, and conducted by Hikotaro Yazaki at the Tokyo Metropolitan Hibiya Public Hall on October 12, 1988.

The excerpt from the performance [14:46] mp3

Sequential melodic fragments for synthesizer (1982-1986)

In Program Notes on May 20, 2013 at 3:22 pm

I produced these pieces for a change of pace during the five years between my senior year in Shizuoka University in 1982 and the end of my stay at the Graduate School of the Tokyo University of the Arts in 1986.
The pieces are named “Sources of Avant-Garde.” They’re simple samples of sequential music that I recorded with several instruments playing simultaneously. The goal was not to compose completed pieces but, rather, to feature the raw sound of the synthesizer.
For most of the pieces, first, I created the rhythm section with the use of a rhythmbox.
Then, I played from the heart while listening to the rhythm.
I recently took the opportunity to convert the recordings into MP3 format, and reorganized the 25 audio files—including previously unpublished pieces—into seven medleys.


1) Crows Flew to Me [7:15] mp3
2) Shamisen-Marimba-Koto [6:28] mp3
3) Dropping [5:43] mp3
4) Haste-ism [3:39] mp3
5) Miaou [4:05] mp3
6) Animé-Shakuhachi [4:25] mp3
7) Möbius Strip [7:06] mp3