Tomoko Mukaiyama

Tomoko Mukaiyama


Tomoko Mukaiyama, winner of the first prize of the Dutch Gaudeamus competition in 1991, has been engaged by prestigious orchestras and ensembles like the Ensemble Modern in Frankfurt, the London Sinfonietta, the Ensemble Intercontemporain and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra among many others. She has collaborated with film directors, designers, architects, dancers and photographers, such as Marina Abramovic, MERZBOW, and Jirí Kylián.

From the beginning of 2000 Tomoko Mukaiyama also started working as a visual artist. She used her experience as a concert pianist to create her first installation piece. She gave new dimension to the concert space with her project Amsterdam x Tokyo (2000) and for you – Yokohama Triennial (2002). She studied the absence and presence of the composer, audience and pianist in her installation you and bach that she made for the Sydney Biennale in 2006.

In Show me your second face (2007) she transformed herself and the piano into a fashion sculpture. Her music installation Mo-Ichido (2008) also included the experience of scent by integrating organic odours and video.

Her multimedia project wasted has successfully toured to five locations all over the world. In 2011 it also lead to a documentary about the project wasted.
Tomoko’s latest installation includes a performance SHOES’ (2011) combines several fashion elements with human ambitions, the prize winning dance work SHIROKURO (2012), Falling (2013) inspired by Beckett’s.

In 2014 She has creating music for Club Guy & Roni dance performance My Private Odyssey which tours in 2014 and 2015. At this moment Tomoko is preparing a new production on the theme of fashion called La Mode.

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