Concert by Composer Reiko Yamada: Pieces of the Mask


Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 8:00pm


Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Presented by: Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
Tickets: Admission free and open to the public.
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Please join us for an evening of new music from composer Reiko Yamada, a 2015–2016 Radcliffe Institute fellow and sound artist. During her fellowship year, Yamada has been devoting her time to an artistic exploration of expanded and reinterpreted performance environments, using a variety of media and interactive features, in order to create a deeper engagement with the audience.

Pieces of the Mask will feature excerpts from Reiko Yamada’s upcoming experimental opera Mask Your Sonic Story, to be performed by the members of the Lorelei Ensemble and the Boston Percussion Group.

Rather than the explicit storyline of traditional operas, Pieces of the Mask offers its audience a collection of hints in the shape of words, onomatopoeia, movements and costumes, which are left open to interpretation. Audience members can move freely around the set to follow certain characters during the performance—allowing them to hear their “secret songs” and preventing them from hearing the others’—and forcing them to interpret what they see and hear through their individual subjectivity. As a result, Pieces of the Mask creates as many narratives as there are audience members. This special presentation will incorporate visual material from the filmmaker Valérie Massadian, a 2015–2016 Radcliffe-Harvard Film Study Center Fellow.

This concert, which is free and open to the public, is an excellent opportunity to hear an innovative new piece.