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Label: Hat [now] ART
Catalog ID: Hat [now] ART163
Squidco Product Code: 5906
Packaging: Cardstock Gatefold Sleeve
Recorded at KUK Aarau Saal 2 on December 18th, 2004, and Radio Studio Zürich on October 23rd and 24th, 2004
Ensemble Für Neue Musik Zürich
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"I'm Japanese and write music the same way other people do!" Noriko Hisada disarmingly remarks as we talk about any possible connections to the Japanese music tradition ... Norikio Hisada does not let herself be pinned down as to whether or not Japanese tradition clashes with the Western domincance of the music establishment. Only the first impression of her music sounds like Western European New Music, that does not reject tonality and follows strict methods of muscial organisation. In addition, there is Hisada's predilection for extended as well as microtonal melodic patterns and her antenna for the dramaturgy of extremes. Toru Takemitsu, the most renowned Japanese composer of the 20th century, once took a critcial view of the "Japanisation" of the avant-garde and made a statemnt that could apply to Noriko Hisada too: in the painful tension between East and West all one can do is to find oneself and deal with the irreconcilable by way of one's compositions."-Corinne Holtz