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Michiko Akao@/ yokobue (transverse bamboo flutes)

Michiko Akao is regarded as one of Japan's leading contemporary musicians. With extraordinary mastery and skill, she has introduced to contemporary music the sound and beauty of Japan's most traditional and treasured transverse flutes.
For her U.S. debut in 1972, Ms. Akao performed the premiere of "SOGU II (Encounters II)" composed by Maki Ishii with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra conducted by Seiji Ozawa.

Ms. Akao studied and trained with preeminent master artists of the three primary types of yokobue - the ryuteki (of Gagaku music), nohkan (of Noh theater), and the shinobue (of Kabuki and folk music). She has developed personal techniques that extend those of the traditional schools while retaining an individuality that brings a freshness to these flutes. From this foundation in the classical and traditional musics, she has explored a broad range of modern music by commissioning over 40 new compositions by established composers such as Toshi Ichiyanagi, Joji Yuasa, Hikaru Hayashi, and Akira Nishimura.

Ms. Akao's credits include regular concert tours abroad to Europe, North America and Asia. She has also appeared in engagements as principal soloist with major symphony orchestras in music festivals in Japan and abroad. In Japan, her regular concert tours take her throughout the country with occasional appearances on television and radio programs. As a recording artist, she has released several recordings on Toshiba/EMI, ALM Records, Denon and World Windows.

In 1990, Ms. Akao produced and performed in a collaborative project of music, dance and theater joined by notable artists such as Maki Ishii, composer; Makoto Ooka, poet; Kayoko Shiraishi, actress; Min Tanaka, dance; and Yasunori Yamaguchi, percussion. This production, "LEGEND OF THE WATER FLAME" was also presented in the same yearf as part of the Los Angeles Arts Festival and at the Japan Society, New York.

Other recent presentations:

2001
Conceived, produced and performed "SANZEON" at the National Noh Theater with Stomu Ymash'ta, Hideo Kanze and Yusho Kojima

2002
Recital concert at Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music, excerpts from "LEGEND OF THE WATER FLAME."
Recital concert "RITUAL OF THE WIND" at Metropolitan Art Theater, Tokyo

2003
Recital concert-gSukhfs White Horseh at Kioi Hall, Tokyo
World premiere-gKisaragi-Nih composed by Isao Matsushita with the Tallin Chamber Orchestra conducted by Andreas Mustonen in Tallin, Estonia

2004
Performance-gSerpent in the Skyhcomposed by Akira Nishimura with the Wurtenburg Philharmony Orchestra conducted by Norichika Iimori in Germany
Performance-gKisaragi-NihU.K.tour with the Hibiki Ensemble conducted by Kazuki Sawa
Concert- gOn ZenhZen music event at Myoushinji Temple, Kyoto. Artistic direction by Stomu Yamashfta

2005
Recital Concert- gUsuzumi-Yoshitsunefs Flutehat the Tokyo Metropolitan Hall
Performance of the Usuzumi flute at the Yoshitsune exhibition at the Chiba City Museum and the Iwate Prefectural Museum
Memorial Service for Yoshitsune and his retainers at Chusonji Temple in Iwate Prefecture
Performance- Usuzumi Flute Concert at Tesshuji Temple, Shizuoka
*[The Usuzumi Flute is said to have been owned by the Minamoto no Yoshitsune (1159-89) at Kunouji@Temple inow Tesshujijbefore he left Kyoto and escaped to Hiraizumi in the north.]
Concert- gGiohhcomposed by Maki Ishii with Osaka Century Orchestra conducted by Kazuhiro Koizumi at Symphony Hall, Osaka

2006
Concert- gGiohhwith the Central Aichi Symphony Orchestra conducted by Yoko Matsuo at Shirakawa Hall, Nagoya
CD Release-gLegend of the Water Flameh
Concert- gGloriosahwith the Kosei Wind Orchestra conducted by Douglas Bostock at Metropolitan Art Theater, Tokyo
Performance- Usuzumi Flute Concert at Tesshuji Temple, Shizuoka

2007
Recital Concert-gBOOK OF THE DEADhat Gokokuji Temple,Tokyo
Concert- gHIROSHIMAhcomposed by Ikuma Dan with the Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra
by Kazuyoshi Akiyama at Phenix Hall,Hiroshima
Performance-Usuzumi Flute Concert at Tesshuji Temple,Shizuoka

2008
Concert-gGiohhwith the all Japan Symphony Orchestra conducted by Michiyoshi Inoue
@at Kyoto Concert Hall
Performance-Usuzumi Flute Concert at Tesshuji Temple,Shizuoka
Solo Performance at the hall of Meiji Shrine

Today, Ms. Akao has achieved critical recognition as a pioneering artist who has broadened the appreciation of the traditional yokobue flutes as contemporary musical instruments.


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