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Ensemble Intercontemporain Premieres Toshio Hosokawa's The Flood in Paris

Sep. 17, 2020

Ensemble Intercontemporain Premieres Toshio Hosokawa's <em>The Flood</em> in Paris

On September 16, Matthias Pintscher  led the Ensemble Intercontemporain in the world premiere performance of Toshio Hosokawa's The Flood. The work is part of Ensemble Intercontemporain's ‘Genesis’ cycle, which examines new perspectives on the Christian creation story. The Flood is full of sonic reimaginings of waves and whirlpools which repeat and intertwine with crescendos and diminuendos. Throughout there is a clear sense of desperation in the face of the force of nature. Toshio Hosokawa says,

"The Japanese are only too familiar with flooding: not only the Tsunami in 2011, but also typhoons and heavy rain, as Japan is frequently hit by floods. Furious floods demonstrate the forces of nature and fill us with fear, awe and respect at the same time. In this piece, the wave of sound with crescendo and decrescendo is repeated, then a whirlpool of sound is created which triggers simultaneous feelings of fear and desperation."

Toshio Hosokawa was also the composer-in-residence at the Musikfestival Bern from September 2-6. The festival opened with his monodrama, The Raven, and included a number of masterclasses, as well as performances of music from Hosokawa's Stilles Meer

Finally, various works by Toshio Hosokawa were featured at the 31st International Takefu Music Festival from September 11-13. These included Melodia IIperformed by Tomoki Kitamura, Small chant performed by Yuya Okamoto, andEtude Iperformed by Kei Itoh.

Listen to Toshio Hosokawa's Futari Shizuka (2017):

(Futari Shizuka/Toshio Hosokawa/Oriza Hirata, text and direction/Ryoko Aoki, Noh actress/
Kerstin Avemo, soprano/Ensemble intercontemporain/Matthias Pintscher, conductor)

To learn more about Toshio Hosokawa, visit:

Toshio Hosokawa
The Flood (2020)
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