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Ryoko Aoki

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Ryoko Aoki
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Noh singer
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Ryoko Aoki is the pioneer of and inspiration for a new artistic form combining utai – traditional Noh recitation – with contemporary music. More than 50 works have been written for her by world-renowned composers including Peter Eötvös and Toshio Hosokawa. Singing with orchestras and performing in operas, she has worked to expand the audience for Noh recitation. She has performed in an opera at the Teatro Real de Madrid as well as with orchestras including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Ensemble InterContemporain and the Munich Chamber Orchestra. She has participated in music festivals including the Bartok Festival, the Festival d’Automne in Paris, and the Tongyeong International Music Festival. She has also performed at major concert halls including the Concertgebouw, the Philharmonie de Paris and the Kölner Philharmonie. Ryoko earned her BA and MA from the Department of Music at Tokyo University of the Arts (majoring in the Kanze School of Noh theatre), before gaining a Ph.D. from SOAS, University of London. She was appointed a “Japan Cultural Envoy” in 2015 by the Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs. She was awarded “The Creative Tradition Prize” (Japan Arts Foundation) in 2019.

Last update : 30 May. 2022


CD "Yoru no Kotoba Works for Noh voice and violoncello"(ALCD-131)
Ryoko Aoki (Noh voice)
Éric-Maria Couturier (Violoncello)
Recorded at Gok Sound (Tokyo) and Studio Music Unit (Paris) in 2021.

Zuriñe F Gerenabarrena:Yoru (2018)
Jamie Man:Shi ( 2017)
Thomas Wally:Cinq regards sur Noh (2019)
Annachiara Gedda:MONONOKE (2018)
Jānis Petraškevičs:Moon (2019)

CD "Noh × Contemporary Music" (ALCD-98)
Ryoko Aoki (Noh voice)
Kazushi Saito (Fl) Takashi Yamane (Cl) Satoshi Takeshima (Perc)
Recorded at Chichibu Muse Park Music Hall in 2014.

Federico Gardella “Voice of Wind” (2012)
Claire-Mélanie Sinnhuber “Etude pour chant nô et clarinette – Sur les pas de Tsunemasa” (2008)
Valerio Sannicandro “trois chants Noh” (2011)
Aurélien Dumont “Yamabushi no inori” (2013)
Peter Eötvös “Harakiri” (1973)

José María Sánchez-Verdú : “Hacia la luz” for female soloist, female choir, male choir, organ and orchestra
Ryoko Aoki, Noh singer
Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Conductor
La Orquesta y Coro Nacionales de España

11-13 February 2022
Auditorio Nacional de Música de Madrid, Spain

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