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  • Hanoi Collective Orchestra
    by Ensembles Asia Orchestra
    The Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam proudly presents “Hanoi Collective Orchestra”
    which is audience participatory, improvisational orchestra performance on 27th of September in Hanoi. Before
    the performance, we will also hold a workshop to create “Music Instruments”.
    Ensembles Asia Orchestra is a project launched in 2014, with the mission of creating a free-form orchestra that
    engages with people who are not professional musicians by the Japan Foundation, with musician, Mr. Otomo
    After arriving at Hanoi, Mr. Otomo Yoshihide (musician), Mr. Fuji Hiroshi (artist), Mr. Ishikawa Naoki
    (photographer) and 6 university students who has relation with Tohoku area will search materials which are 
    used for everyday life in Hanoi. Then, they wil create “Music Instruments” using these materials.
    On 27th, we will hold a 
    workshop for “Music
    Instruments creation” by   
    using items for daily use.
    After the workshop, play
    together with participants
    by using “Music Instruments”.
    We are welcome people
    who have never learned
    to play an instrument.
    At the performance, we
    don’t use musical score.
    The sound we play depends on feelings, relationship, and conversation among participants.
    Free admission and registration is not necessary. But we might restrict entrance in case of the number of  
    participants exceed venue’s capacity.

    Hanoi Collective Orchestra

    Date & Time: Sunday, 27 September 2015   
    [Workshop] 14:00
    Create “Music Instruments” using materials we use in our everyday life. With
    your creativity, produce something new “Music Instrument” different from the
    one we are accustomed to, such as guitar or trumpet!
    Create “Music Instrument” at workshop and join orchestra performance.
    Parents, children, students… all are welcome!
     [Performance] 17:00
    Play the “Music Instrument” we create like Orchestra. All participants will play.
    you are not audience! If you have (normal) music instruments, you can join
    with it. If you don’t have, please join the workshop, and create your “Music
    Instruments”. We don’t use the musical score. Sound is all up to participants
    feelings. Let’s play our sound and enjoy together.
    Venue: The Japan Foundation, Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam
    27 Quang Trung, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
    Entrance Free.
    Though music instruments are not required, if you have and come to bring it, we are welcome.
    Organizer: The Japan Foundation Asia Center URL : http://jfac.jp/
    Planning: Ensembles Asia Orchestra (Arima Keiko) URL : http://orchestra.ensembles.asia
    With the artists :
    Otomo Yoshihide (Musician, Artistic director of Ensembles Asia)
    Fuji Hiroshi (Artist, Guest artist of Hanoi Collective Orchestra)
    Ishikawa Naoki (Photographer)
    In cooperation with:
    Nha San Collective
    Press Meeting 
    Date & Time: Friday, 25 September 2015   15:00   
    Venue: The Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam
    27 Quang Trung, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi

    Performer’s Profiles

    大友良英|OTOMO Yoshihide

    Musician/ Guitarist / turntablist / composer / film score composer / record producer

    Born in 1959 in Yokohama, Japan.

    As a teenager, he spent time in Fukushima.

    Staying independent, he has consistently composed a wide range of music from improvisation to noise music and pop, and his music talent has spread all over the world. He has a successful career as a film score composer and has produced more than 70 movie soundtracks.

    In recent years, he has produced special type of concerts and musical works in collaboration with other various artists under the name of ”ensembles”.

    In addition, one of his priorities is,producing musical workshop projects involving handicapped children.

    In 2011, after the Great East Japan Earthquake, he started “PROJECT FUKUSHIMA!” along with people in various sectors. He has been active beyond the music scene and this is the reason that he has attracted a great deal of attention.

    In 2012, he received the Minister of Education Award for Fine Arts in the category of Promotion for ”PROJECT FUKUSHIMA!”.

    In 2013, he received various prizes including the Japan Record Award for his accomplishments, such as composing the theme music for the TV drama “Amachan”.

    I use my real name “Otomo Yoshihide” as my stage name.

    When you write your Japanese name in English alphabet, many people often write their given names first, then their family names, following in the Western traditional culture. But originally, some Asian countries, including Japan, write their family names first, and then their given names follow after that.

    In my opinion, there is not only one standard for people’s names and we should respect the values each person attaches to their name. Calling someone by his first name is a wonderful custom in Western culture to express familiarity with each other but that custom is not necessary in Japan because nobody has ever called me by my first name. It does not mean that people are unlikely to become close friends with me. It is just that calling me “Otomo” seems easier.

    There are some places with such customs in the world; where people friendlily call you by your family name.

    I am definitely not a nationalist but I have a feeling that something is wrong with those people who do not only disregard the tradition I am familiar with, but would rather follow Western standards.

    藤 浩志|FUJI Hiroshi

    Artsit / representative of Fuji Hiroshi Plannning Studio

    Born in 1960 in Kagoshima, Japan. He studied at Kyoto City University of Arts. After finishing master course in arts, he became a lecturer at Papua New Guinea National Arts School for 2 years. Then back to Japan, he worked for a consultant office of architecture plan and city planning, found his own office, “Fuji Hiroshi Planning Studio”.

    His creative works head for the work with “local resources, appropriate technology, and collaborative relationships for community-based art project.

    His major works are “Walking of the Skinny Dogs”(1988-89), “Fujishima Hachijuro”(2010). “Vinyl Plastic Connection”(1999-), “Kaekko”(2000-) and “Kaeru System” are the works which involve community by using general house hold waste materials for art works.

    Currently he is the professor of Arts & Roots course, Akita University of Art, Director of Towada Art Center, Vice-director of NPO Plus Arts.

    石川直樹|ISHIKAWA Naoki

    1977 Born in Tokyo, Japan
    2008 Tokyo University of the Arts, Ph.D.
    Photographic Publications;
       NEW DIMENSION (2007), POLAR (2007),
    CORONA (2010), Lhotse (2013),
       Qomolangma (2014), Manaslu (2014),
    Makalu (2014),
       Kunisaki Peninsula (2014), HAIR (2014)
       The Newcomer’s Award from the
       Photographic Society of Japan (2008)
       The Kodansha Publication Culture Award
    for Photography (2008)
       The Kaiko Takeshi [Non-Fiction] Award
       The Domon Ken Award (2011)

    ■ Press Release 




    ■ For inquiries on the concert and the interview with the musicians, please contact at: 

    Ms. Huong (ext: 106) / Mr. Kawai (ext: 109) The Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam 27 Quang Trung, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Vietnam       TEL 04 3944 7419    www.jpf.org.vn