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NOTES: composing resonance

A Collaboration among Seven Artists, Exploring Unknown Forms of Music

NOTES: composing resonance brings together young musicians and artists from Southeast Asia and Japan into a collaboration project, encouraging them to expand their overseas activities and sharing the rich musical expressions of the region.
A selection of emerging and currently active musicians and artists join to discover new articulations of music as they learn from each other, widening their worldviews, and building intercultural relations.
NOTES: composing resonance will share their unique musical discoveries with a wider audience and explore the many notes that exist and are born from within the collaboration.


FY2017 Residency in Japan

January 15 (Mon.): Arrival in Tokyo

January 20 (Sat.): From Tokyo to Kyoto. Residency in Kyoto.

January 28 (Sun.): Departure from Japan

FY2018 (tentative)

April: Pre-production

June to September: Travel to and Production in Southeast Asia.

October: Project Report


Mizuki Aita (Percussionist)

 Mizuki Aita Percussionist

Born in Sendai, Miyagi in 1988.Mizuki Aita is a percussionist and vibraphonist who, through various collaborations with musicians and composers, has developed a soloist repertoire of over one hundred. Aita has released three albums to date, and has recently expanded her interests to essay-writing and poetry that are based on her performances to explore the relationship between words and music.

Nobuhiro Kaneko (Koto player)

Nobuhiro Kaneko Koto player)

Nobuhiro Kaneko began learning the Ikuta School koto at the age of nine. He passed the NHK Japanese Traditional Music Audition in 2011 and, later in 2015, won the Fukuoka Governor Award (Silver Award) at the 22nd Kenjun National Koto Competition. Kaneko graduated from Toho Gakuen College of Drama and Music specializing in Japanese music. Devoting himself to the study of the classics, he also participates in performances that include Western instruments and explores other genres of music to broaden the possibilities of koto's artistic expression.

Sei Kigawa (Stage Director, Choreographer, Dancer, Video Artist)

Sei Kigawa Stage-Dector Choreographer Dancer Video-Artist

Born in 1990, Sei Kigawa is the head of DE PAY'S MAN, a dance production team, and active in a variety of fields. He works with the street dance group DAP TOKYO and is also a part-time lecturer at Tama Art University's Department of Scenography Design, Drama, and Dance. He has choreographed commercials for the Tarami Cooperation's fruit jelly and Sony Assurance Inc., and also performances for Tokyo Health Club, Afro Parker, and Nogizaka46.

Yasuno Miyauchi (Composer)

 Yasuno Miyauchi Composer

A graduate of Tokyo Gakugei University (musical composition) and the Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Sciences [IAMAS] (media representation), Yasuno Miyauchi leads the musical performance group Tsumugine. She also seeks new forms of expression based on traditional music, using traditional instruments and Shōmyō (Japanese Buddhist chant). She has been awarded multiple prizes, including the 6th JFC Composition Award in 2011. She spent six months in New York City as the 2015 Asian Cultural Council's grantee.

Gardika Gigih Pradipta (Composer, Pianist, Improviser)

 Gardika Gigih Pradipta Composer, Pianist, Improviser

Gardika Gigih Pradipta, known as Gigih, is a composer and pianist living in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. His "Impresi 6 Peristiwa" was the piece he composed for his graduation from Institut Seni Indonesia (Indonesian Institute of the Arts Yogyakarta) in 2011. After graduation, he joined collaboration projects with Makoto Nomura from Japan such as the melodica concert "Pak Dharma Bertemu Kawan Lama" and the rooftile music collaboration in Awajishima, Japan in 2015. In 2012, Gigih received the Yayasan Kelola (Kelola Foundation) Art Grant (Innovative Art Category) for his composition of "Train Music." Gigih not only writes music for concerts but also for film music in collaboration with Indonesian directors Wregas Bhanuteja, Bobby Prasetyo, and Yosep Anggi Noen. His first album, Nyala, was released on November 6, 2017, which consists of thirteen pieces composedfor live vocal chorus, the guitar, viola, violin, cello, drum, piano, keyboard, and melodica.

Agustinus Welly Hendratmoko (Composer, Arranger, Gamelan Player)

 Agustinus Welly Hendratmoko Composer, Arranger, Gamelan Player

Agustinus Welly Hendratmoko's journey with music began in 2004 with a fascination in traditional karawitan. Since, Hendratmoko's interest has grown to encompass Javanese karawitan and musical composition, and is currently pursuing an MA (Music Composition) at the Institut Seni Indonesia Yogayakarta (Indonesian Institute of the Arts Yogyakarta). He has participated as one of the musicians for the Yogyakarta Dance Group in 2013 at the International Mask Festival Panji/Iano Traditions in Southeast Asia held in Bangkok and "Music of Kawara" and "Kawara no ongaku" for a Indonesia-Japan collaboration project held in 2015 in Hyogo, Japan. He was one of the grantees for the 2008 Art Scholarship (Portugal) and winner of the Folksong Competition in Yogyakarta in 2014.

Arief Winanda (Composer, Percussionist, Dramaturg)

 Arief Winanda Composer, Percussionist, Dramaturg

Arief Winanda is an emerging young artist from Indonesia with training and experience in a wide range of music from the traditional to contemporary. Being raised in a family of dancers allowed Winanda to absorb a unique sense of dance, artistic movement, and also its philosophy as a source of his production-process. Winanda is currently developing his artistic skills as a resident at Institut Kesenian Jakarta (Jakarta Institute of Arts).


  • Makoto Nomura (Composer)
  • Hiroyasu Morinaga (Sound Designer)


  • Kazuma Ochiai (Interpreter, Production Support)
  • Mayusa Oda (Editor, Hogaku Journal)

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