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Midori Takada - Japan On Film (filmconcert) / Poor Isa

STUK proudly welcomes the legendary Japanese percussionist Midori Takada presenting a new live score for early Japanese films restored by the BFI.

“The sight of Midori Takada whiplashing between drums, cymbals and marimba is something few observers forget. She is a mesmerising performer of great physical intensity.”

The Guardian


➤ Thursday 28.09 - 20:00
➤ STUK Soetezaal
➤ €18 / €14 (STUK card / KU Leuven Culture Card)
➤ Seated concert with closed doors. Be in time, latecomers won’t be allowed to enter. No drinks allowed in the room, but STUKcafé is opened for drinks before and after the shows.


20:00 Poor Isa (30’)


21:00 Midori Takada - Japan On Film (90’)

• Poor Isa

Poor Isa the duo of Ruben Machtelinckx and Frederik Leroux. Following their debut album Let's Drink The Sea And Dance (Aspen Editions, 2019), this year sees the release of their second disc, Dissolution of the other. Banjo and woodblocks are once again the sparse ingredients of their utterly soft and fragile music. 'Preparing' the banjos with props between the strings and tuning them in alternative tunings creates a mystical soundscape that leaves room for silence, shadow and barely perceptible details. Unlike their first album - which consisted of nine short pieces - the duo now created two longer compositions - one more melodically and the other more rhythmically elaborated.

• Midori Takada - Japan On Film
(film concert, Belgian premiere)

Celebrated Japanese percussionist and composer Midori Takada presents a special new performance, scoring a selection of early surviving Japanese films from the BFI National Archive which have recently been restored for BFI’s JAPAN ON FILM collection. Dating back to 1901, the vibrancy of the Meiji era is revealed in these rare films - a fascinating journey through Japan covering a variety of subjects: people, cultural events, customs, everyday life and places including views of Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Yokohama – with Takada conjuring up evocative musical accompaniment using a palette of marimba, ceremonial gong, snare and spoken word.

Midori Takada’s output over the past 40 years weaves through solo, group and theatrical and practice. Verdant utopias, meditative caves and abundant life – her music invokes entire ecosystems, connecting mind and soul to tree and soil. Takada’s 1981 album Through the Looking Glass is considered an essential recording of minimalist music. Now 70 years of age, and with a number of new recordings released recently, Takada is a maestro whose command of musical and theatrical technique enable her performances to go beyond the musical to transcend through rhythm.

Presented in collaboration with the BFI (British Film Institute)

Thu 28 Sep 2023 20:00


STUK Soetezaal


€18 (standard)
€14 (reduction)