feat. Anthony De Ritis / Benoit Granier / Marc Battier

Mari Kimura will be in Beijing for the first time. Miss Kimura, japanese born living in America, is recognized as one (if not the) most versatile and exciting composer/ performer of her generation. She has dedicated her life to experimental music and is the first performer to use electric violin (which was build for her in the 80’s).

Miss Kimura has been described as “Chilling… gripping… charming… a virtuoso playing at the edge.” (the New York Times)

She will share the night with Anthony De Ritis who’s music has been described as absorbing play of texture, exciting use of color” (San Francisco Chronicle); “…intriguingly beautiful… cutting-edge” (Tech TV); “… brash, rhythmic, propulsive and completely engaging” (Contra Costa Times) and sounding “like a rich tapestry in the spirit of Charles Ives” (The Boston Globe).

Benoit Granier and Professor Marc Battier from Sorbonne University will also join for an eclectic night of experimental music.

Mari Kimura Bio:

Hailed by the New York Times as “a virtuoso playing at the edge,” violinist Mari Kimura is widely admired as a performer, composer, and researcher. Through her creation of the Subharmonics technique, in conjunction with her pioneering work in computer music, Ms. Kimura has opened up new sonic and expressive worlds for the violin.

She has performed her own music and the works of others in more than twenty countries throughout Europe, Asia, and the Americas.

She has premiered major scores by John Adams, Luciano Berio, Tania Léon, and Salvatore Sciarrino; in 2007, with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, she introduced “Schemes,” Jean-Claude Risset’s violin concerto written for her, and featuring her own cadenza for the first movement.

In 2010, Ms Kimura received a Guggenheim Fellowship in Music Composition; that same year she was selected as Composer in Residence at IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique) in Paris. Her commissions include works for baritone Thomas Buckner and organizations such as the American Composers Forum, the International Computer Music Association (ICMA), Harvestworks, Music from Japan, and others. As part of her Guggenheim Fellowship project, she wrote a duo for violin and piano, “Hue for Two,” for herself and pianist Stephen Gosling, which they plan to premiere at their inaugural duo concert on June 25, 2011, at the Tenri Cultural Institute in New York City.

And with a 2010 Fromm Commission Award, Ms. Kimura is currently writing “I-Quadrifoglio” for the Cassatt String Quartet, which will have its world premiere on October 13, 2011, at the Symphony Space in New York City.

Ms. Kimura, described in All Music Guide as a “plugged-in Paganini for the digital age,” also has received grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), the Jerome Foundation, Arts International, the Japan Foundation, Meet the Composer, and the New York Council on the Arts (NYSCA).

Her new album, “The World Below G and Beyond,” featuring original compositions using Subharmonics and interactive computer, was released last fall on the Mutable Music label. Ms. Kimura holds a doctorate degree in violin performance from the Juilliard School of Music, and since 1998, she has been on the faculty at The Juilliard School teaching interactive computer music performance.

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