Reiko Yamada: Sound Installation on Silent Movies

October 21, 2020
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New Commission: Online Silent Film with Live Music

Premiere: Wednesday, October 21, 8 PM EDT — Followed by an artist Q&A
Available to Stream until November 4

Composer and high-tech sound artist Reiko Yamada (2015-16 Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and the 2016-17 artist-in-residence at IEM in Austria) uses the latest technologies in electronic and acoustic music "installation" to bridge the gap between time and space. For this commission, Yamada will perform on old, broken accordions, transforming their sounds with her novel ways of audio processing to accompany Japanese silent films from the early 20th century. She will redefine the concept of “pastimes” in her avant-garde scores set to antiquated images of sumo matches, train travel and animations.

The program is followed by a live Q&A with Reiko Yamada.

Tickets: $15 / $12 members / $0 Sustaining ($250) members & above

This program will be available to purchase and stream any time from the October 21 premiere until November 4.
Duration: 50 minutes

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Reiko Yamada: Sound Installation on Silent Movies is supported by Doug and Teresa Peterson. Special thanks to ICFO for funding Reiko Yamada’s postdoctoral research. She is also a 2019-21 Composer-in-Residency at Fundación Phonos.

2020-2021 Performing Arts Season

Lead Sponsor:

Corporate Partner:

ORIX Stewardship Foundation

Major Support: Doug and Teresa Peterson, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Inc.


Additional Support: Dr. and Mrs. Carl F. Taeusch II, Dean Jeanette C. Takamura, Mr. Alan M. Suhonen, The Royal Little Family Foundation, Sarah Billinghurst Solomon and Howard Solomon, Hiroko Onoyama, Mr. Norton Belknap‡, Dr. John K. Gillespie, Paula S. Lawrence, Dr. Stephen and Mrs. Michiko Levine, Susan M. McCormac, Pamela Perlman, Karen and Samuel Richardson, and Lyndley and Samuel Schwab.

Endowment: Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Endowment Fund and the Endowment for the Performing Arts, established with a leadership gift from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

In-kind Support: Transportation assistance is provided by All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd.

‡ In memoriam.

  • October 21, 2020 – November 4, 2020