Japan Philharmonic Orchestra and LIMITS’ collaborative performance

The Japan Philharmonic Orchestra is a leading orchestra in Japan. Since its founding in 1956, they have continued to grow and develop, spinning its traditions and history in the world of classical music where even a single note out of place isn’t tolerated. Kazuki Beppu, Deputy Secretary General and Director of Educational & Community Program of Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, says that the collaboration with LIMITS at Connected Ink is unchartered territory and a new challenge for the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra.

Please tell us about the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra.

Beppu: The Japan Philharmonic Orchestra will soon be celebrating its 65th anniversary. We’re engaged in various activities across Japan. The project that we’re focusing on most at the moment is providing support for the areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake, a project which we have been involved in since 2011. Our activities are not only artistic, but also social as we always seek to do what we can for the world through music.

How will the collaboration with LIMITS be?

Beppu: It's completely unknown. I think that sound art and visual art go well together, but from the beginning it was a challenge to find a way to combine the art battle – which is drawn from scratch in a limited time – with classical music, which is the art of reproducing something pre-determined. We’re still struggling with this challenge, but as we discuss the ideas, I feel that we can create something completely new. I think the novelty lies in the fact that we’re trying to create something really interesting, respecting each other, and letting our imaginations run wild with the ideas that emerge on the spot.

What are the challenges of the collaboration?

Beppu: We can feel the pride and passion for what the artists do at LIMITS. At the same time, we feel they have 120% trust and respect for us. We have to make the collaboration better in response to their passion.

Building everything from scratch is both the fun and the hard part of this collaboration. We’re trying to create something that no one has ever seen before, so we have to be creative in the true sense of the word by using our imaginations. Both the artists who draw and our musicians have high aspirations, so there are no limits to what we can do. That's the challenging and stimulating part and there are a lot of things to learn. Creating something is the same as facing anxiety: It’s hard for everyone to be anxious, but I think it's important to be anxious for our creation.

What are the highlights of the collaborative performance?

Beppu: The process of making the work itself is art and this is one of the important points of this collaboration. Art tends to focus on the power and value of the work, but what is really important is the sensibility, logic and thoughts of the person who created it, and the techniques and background of the process behind making the work. When you pay attention to the process, art becomes more positive and practical for your life. I think art should not be art for art’s sake, but it should enrich someone’s life, make someone happy, and it could be the foundation for someone to be creative. I believe that this collaboration would be the best example of that.

What message do you have for those who are looking forward to the performance?

Beppu: This performance is a challenge for us who specialize in classical music. We will be using the music you all know very well, but the appearance and the sound you will hear on the day of the performance is something new than what anyone has ever experienced before. We’re looking forward to seeing what kind of atmosphere will be created and what kind of reactions will reverberate in your hearts through the collaboration with LIMITS. We’d be happy if you experienced this moment in real time with us.

Interviewee

Beppu Kazuki

Kazuki Beppu

Deputy Secretary General and Director of Educational & Community Program at Japan Philharmonic Orchestra

Musicians

Violin Solo: Masaaki Tanokura

Japan Philharmonic Orchestra Concertmaster

Masaaki-Tanokura
Kotaro Nagano

Harpsichord: Kotaro Nagano

First Violin: Syunichiro Sato

Syunichiro Sato
Karin-Taketoshi_copyright

Second Violin: Karin Taketoshi

Viola: Yumiko Nakagawa

Yumiko Nakagawa
Tetsuya Osawa

Cello: Tetsuya Osawa

Contrabass: Noriyuki Miyasaka

Noriyuki Miyasaka
Wataru Okawara

Percussion instrument: Wataru Okawara