A virtuoso of the traditional Japanese zither known as koto, Michiyo Yagi has devoted much of her career to making music that sounds simultaneously ancient and futuristic—developing extended techniques and incorporating electronics, but also preserving the uniquely resonant character of the instrument in its most primal form. For her Pierre Boulez Saal debut, she is joined by three extraordinary musicians in a program of compositions and improvisations. The first set will feature Yagi in a duo with Japanese composer Dai Fujikura on synthesizer, performing music based on their 2022 album Bibi. Norwegians Eivind Aarset and Jan Bang, both longtime collaborators of Yagi, will be heard in the program’s second half, which blends Yagi’s koto with Aarset’s electric guitar and Bang’s live sampling and remixing.

  • Set 1: Michiyo Yagi & Dai Fujikura - - Set 2: Michiyo Yagi, Eivind Aarset & Jan Bang Artists/Collaborators: Dai Fujikura, Eivind Aarset, Jan Bang


Jan Bang / Ensemble Modern / Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company and Jacopo Godani

With these hands expresses the overall concept: every evening, a new dialogue will take place between music and dance. The musicians from Ensemble Modern and the dancers from the Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company will give each other impulses, developing sounds and movements that will be recorded, processed, altered and reintroduced into the creative flow by Norwegian jazz musician and live electronics artist Jan Bang. The result will be a slowly changing stream of movement and music in which sound and dance become inextricably intertwined.

Ensemble Modern is one of the leading ensembles for contemporary music. It brings together approximately 20 soloists whose diverse origins provide the cultural background for the group’s creative efforts.

Jan Bang is a Norwegian musician and record producer. He is a musical innovator and bridge-builder who has repeatedly succeeded in uniting progressive thought with appealing elements of popular culture.





Concept and Choreography Jacopo Godani
Music Jan Bang (Live-Electronics), Ensemble Modern (Dietmar Wiesner - Flute, Saar Berger - Horn, Sava Stoianov - Trumpet, Jagdish Mistry - Violin, Eva Böcker - Violoncello,
Norbert Ommer - Sound Control)

Stage/Costumes/Light Jacopo Godani

Perfomance dates:

July 8-11 2021 in Dresden.