Makoto Nomura Work-in-Progress in Malaysia

Toccata Studio x JFKL presents Makoto Nomura – Work-in-Progress in Malaysia

Makoto Nomura Work-in-Progress in Malaysia is an attempt of international collaboration of music through experiences of the composer/musician/improviser Makoto Nomura. The collaboration starts from his recent project Nomura x Hokusai, which created new composition inspired by the world-renown Ukiyo-e painter Katsushika Hokusai in 17th century. The work paved a way of collaboration between contemporary composer and traditional instrumentalist, in a way both music scenes have never witnessed before.

With partnership with Toccata Studio, the project will create a platform of international collaboration between traditional and contemporary, and musicians and non-musicians.

During their stay from 26th August to 1st September, the troup from Japan will visit universities and music related art spaces such as UiTM, SEGi Collage, ASWARA, FINDARS and so on,  bringing back more collaboration to the “Showing” at the end of the stay.

Showing of Work-in-Progress

8.30pm, 30 August 2013 (Friday) 8.30pm, 31 August 2013 (Saturday)

Toccata Studio,
19B, SS2/55, 47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.

Minimum donation of RM20
* All donations goes to sustain Toccata Studio, non-profit alternative venue for music, and running cost of the project.

Toccata Studio and the Japan Foundation, Kuala Lumpur

Toccata Studio 016-3618504, 014-2486248
The Japan Foundation Kuala Lumpur,,  03-2284-6228 (8.30am-4.30pm, Mon-Fri)

Collaborators for the Showing

Makoto Nomura , Direction , Piano, Melodica│Japan
Ng Chor Guan , Direction , Telemin, Piano │ Malaysia
Etsuko Takezawa , Koto │ Japan
Aida Redza , Dance │Malaysia
Siew Wai Kok , Voice │ Malaysia
Yong Yandsen , Saxophone│ Malaysia
Yukihiro Nomura , Videography  │ Japan
Kumiko Yabu ,  Sound Engineer │ Japan

…. and more



Makoto Nomura
Composer / Improviser / Pianist and Melodica Player

makoto nomuraMakoto Nomura is a Japanese composer/improviser. He has been keen to expand boundaries of music composition in many different project such as , “Music with Animals”, “Keyboard Choreography Collection”, “Remix of Elderly People’s Home” etc. He has composed numerous pieces in many styles including works for solo piano, chamber and symphony orchestras, rock and improvising bands, Javanese gamelan, melodica, traditional Japanese instruments and daily found objects. In many of his works he has combined trained and non-trained musicians. As an improviser he plays the piano and the melodica.

Makoto Nomura Official Page



Etsuko Takezawa

ET010Etsuko Takezawa is a highly esteemed master of koto (Japanese zither).  Born in Ishikawa Prefecture, she studied under koto masters Tadao Sawai, Kazue Sawai and Takeshi Nakai.  After graduating from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, she formed several koto groups and has been performing in the National Theater of Japan.  Takezawa is known as a versatile koto performer of classical as well as contemporary works, gaining trust from numerous composers.  She has also attracted attention for her successful collaborations with musicians of other genres such as jazz pianist Fumio Itabashi, vocalist Sizzle Ohtaka, and saxophonist Tetsuro Kawashima. She just completed a 2-city US tour in January 2009 and performed at the Asia Society, New York and The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and playing with Kronos Quartet at Carnegie Hall. Takezawa currently teaches part-time at Fukushima University,  Kinjo Gakuin University.

Etsuko Takezawa Official Page


Yukihiro NOMURA

Yukihiro Nomura -smallBorn in Kyoto. Studies of History of Western Art at the University of Tohoku and at the University of Siena. 2002 “Kirin Art Award”- Prize for the video production  “Music in Place”. Active in many artistic fields; video art, art critic, painting, objet, photograph, graphic design, installation. Professor and Organizer of The Art Forum at the Dept. of Education of Gifu.






Music Composer

chor guan - コピーNG is an invigorating music composer and sound designer for theatre, dance, film, concert music and new media. He started his career as professional music composer during his years in London. In 2008, he was nominated for Cameronian Arts Awards Most Promising Artist. His music for films was awarded the Gand prizes in Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival in France and Artfilm Fest in Slovak Republic. In 2010, he was nominated the Best Music Composition, 1stSelangor Youth Awards and awarded the Goethe Institute Scholarship in 2011. He was the musical director and composer as well as theremin player for the Live Cinema Performance entitled “Super Everything” directed by The Light Surgeons. In 2012, he was invited to be one of the five Asians selected artist who represented Asia in The Playable City Sprint at Bristol, UK and also invited to Korea to perform at the opening ceremony of the 7th Global RCE Conference organized by UNICEF. Ng currently lectures in University Malaya and New Era College. To add to his list of accomplishments, he has also produced 11 CD albums.

Aida Redza
Dancer / Choreographer

aida - コピー

Siew Wai Kok

kok - コピー


Yong Yandsen

yandsen - コピー

… and more artists joining the project!







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