Guide to Public Performance by Niibori Guitar Ensemble <NE>
Kiyomi Niibori (a member of NE & Ladies' Quartet, Master of Arts in Music)
NE was talked much about in the world's guitar society on the success at public
performances as the guest performers at guitar festivals in overseas such as in
America, Oct., 2007, in Singapore last year! In this year, 50th anniversary of
Niibori Group, we are invited to Guitar Festival in Seoul, Korea, in Oct. Recital
of NE is scheduled on July, 4 (Wed.) for this year at "Minato-mirai Hall"
in Yokohama. This public performance is introduced here for this time.
3 conductors from member of NE = Mr. Kazuyuki Terada, Mr. Naoto Shibayama and
Ms. Kyoko Momose will conduct actively again for this year.
Mr. Kazuyuki Terada attained excellent results in conducting at public performances
in America, Germany, Singapore and Taiwan, and he was appointed as "chief
conductor" of N-Orch. = Niibori Guitar Philharmonic Orchestra (including
NE) by Dr. Hiroki Niibori, musical supervisor, in this spring. Mr. Naoto Shibayama
took up "regular conductor". At first, we announce above.
Features for the public performance of NE for this time are containing concerts
with guitars of each sound range by N-method, many original and newly arranged
pieces of music. Every pieces of music will be familiar and enjoyable for NE fans
of course, lovers of music and guitars, and beginners. Many can be performed by
orthodox organization of N-method guitar ensemble, and it can not be missed for
ones performing guitar ensemble! Piece by piece of music are introduced here.
<Program of NE Public Performance>
1. "Recollections of England" in baroque style (English folk songs
adapted by Masaaki Hayakawa, arranged by NE) conductor : Kazuyuki Terada
(1) Home Sweet Home (2) Londonderry Air (3) London Bridge
Please enjoy pure sound of guitar ensemble, first of all. These pieces of music
were arranged to movements' style from works of Mr. Hayakawa for NE based on Mr.
Hayakawa's recommendation. Each piece of music is based on English song you would
have heard of. 1st and 3rd movements present solo technique of Alto and Bass Guitars
and it will be worth hearing. You can enjoy arpeggio of Cembalo Guitars and beautiful
sound of guitars of each sound range in 2nd movement.
2. Concert for 2 Bass Guitars (Vivaldi, arr. Hiroki Niibori)
(Original: Concert for 2 Oboes and thoroughbass)
cond. Kazuyuki Terada, Bass Guitar Solo: Ryou Osada (solo.1) Hisako Yamamoto (solo.2)
As this piece of music has been originally a repertoire of NE and performed in
30th anniversary concert of N-Orch., this piece is one of repertoire showing full
utilization of N-method guitar orchestra. 2 Bass Guitars act beautifully. Technique
of course, sounds only with Bass Guitar and beautiful contrast with the sound
of Cembalo Guitars as thoroughbass are also worth hearing. Soloists are Ryou Osada,
newly added to NE, had been performing as chief bass guitarist in students' guitar
orchestra of International Niibori Music Academy, and Hisako Yamamoto, an expert.
3. Overture from BWV 1068 Suite No.3 (J.S.Bach arr.Yasuko Kuroda)
performance: Cembalo Guitar Ensemble
This is the first piece of 5 pieces of music of Suite for orchestra. The second
one is well known in Japan as "Air on G-string" and the 3rd Gavotte
had been used as BGM of TV-CM. All of them are musical masterpieces. This piece
of music consists of grandeur beginning and ending and rhythmical middle part,
beautiful baroque music only by Bach to fit Cembalo Guitar Ensemble.
This is the first performance with newly arranged by Yasuko Kuroda.
4. "Tango en Skai" for guitar solo and ensemble (Dyens arr.Taruishi
cond. Naoto Shibayama, Prime Guitar Solo: Hiromu Taguchi
Soloist is Hiromu Taguchi, now becoming more popular as soloist and concert master
He performed solo in NE public performance in last year and he will perform "Tango
en Skai" arranged as concert for this year. "Tango en Skai" is
popular piece of music for guitar solo and arrangement for this time increases
joyfulness and dynamism. Performed also in 2000 N-Orch. public performance resulting
favorable reputation and solo by Hiromu Taguchi will be a pleasure for this time.
5. Concert for Guitarron "Csikos Post" (Necke arr. NE)
cond.Naoto Shibayama, Guitarron Solo: Shigetsugu Tanaka
This concert will give full utilization of Guitarron, as bass instrument, with
Soloist is Shigetsugu Tanaka, the most joyful performer in NE. Please enjoy. Conductor
is Naoto Shibayama, showing good conducting and body performance.
6. Hana no En (Feast of flowers) (Kengo Momose)
cond. Kyoko Momose
Kyoko Momose, top conductress of N-Orch. and NE, will conduct the work of her
husband, Kengo Momose, for this time also. This piece of music was named from
8th story of famous novel "Genji Monogatari" written by Murasaki-Shikibu.
This story tells elegant love of a lady named Oborozukiyo, flowery, lovely, wise,
sensual and fascinating, said to be devilish woman, with Hikaru-Genji. Thus, this
piece of music describes gorgeous Japanese world different from austere refinement
and quiet simplicity. Special version with newly added middle part expressing
"Gagaku" (court music of Japan) will be presented for this time.
7. Andante and Rondo for 2 flutes (Doppler arr. Kazuyuki Terada)
cond.Kazuyuki Terada, Flute Solo: Yuko Koshibe, Miki Yamamoto
Doppler brothers, Franz and Carl, French composers and flutists in 19th century,
wrote many pieces of music for their concert and they are enjoyed by many peoples
now. This piece was written for 2 flutes and piano, and Kazuyuki Terada, conductor,
arranged for 2 flutes and guitar ensemble. It has elegant and splendor motif.
N-Orch. has many excellent flutists and Miki Yamamoto and Yuko Koshibe will costar
for the first time for this time. And also it will be the first time for NE to
perform Doppler's piece of music.
8. Where The Rain Grows (M. Weikath arr.Naoyuki Sawada)
perf.DANROKU (Niibori Guitar Men's Sextet)
DANROKU, giving enjoyable rhythm with outstanding sharpness, has been announcing
solo pieces arranged for sextet of N-method guitars of each sound range and original
pieces composed by members, and it is the first time for them to challenge heavy-metal
piece of music.
This piece of music is the one of German heavy-metal band named "HELLOWEEN"
and arranged by Sawada, member of NE. Sawada played as a soloist in electric guitar
concert last year and he was originally a member of death-metal band. Please look
forward to the sound for this time.
9. Un Blanc Jour D'un Chaton & Tempest (R.Stolz & Beethoven arr.Hideaki
perf. Niibori Guitar Ladies' Quartet
It will be 11 years absence to perform in big public performance for regular members
of Ladies' Quartet, having excellent reputation for beautiful sound! Last time
was public performance in Australia in 1996. This piece of music has interesting
structure having "Tempest" composed by Beethoven in the middle of Theme
of Fantasy of a Kitten. Animation movie "Fantasy of a Kitten" is a story
of little kitten having human consciousness to live among human world with spreading
wings of imagination. Theme music was composed by Robert Stolz and expressed fantastic
world of dream, kitten liked to see. The other side, "Tempest" came
from Tempest written by Shakespeare and it was fantastic, rural, pastoral fairy
Composer is German, story is fantastic, rhythm is triple time, these are common
but it is the feature of this arrangement to combine now and past, popular and
classic, two completely different pieces of music in original feeling. It will
be said as the piece of music expressing gracefulness and violence (!?) of women.
10. Sabre Dans (Khachaturian arr.Hiroki Niibori & NE)
Talking about Khachaturian, this piece of music will come first! This is a violent
and strong piece of music of Kurds go into battle. Middle part expresses sadness
of peoples seeing off the warriors! This piece of music will be said as violent
and charming piece.
It was performed by N-Orch. in past time but revised for NE for this time. Percussions
play active part and Hiromitsu Hagiwara, selected as a member of NE for this time,
a star player in his age of student of academy (faculty of drums), will play actively.
Conductor will be Sabre---Kazuyuki Terada, outstanding sharp conductor.
11. Dark Eyes (Russian folk song arr.Hiromu Taguchi)
Sad and painful passion for a lady having fascinating dark eyes! This is a Russian
folk song with feeling of chest being compressed and full of passion. Wandering
people came to Russia from India = Roma (Gypsy) with dark eyes and hair would
be so mystic and charming to be fascinated for Slavic Russians. The arrangement
for this time by Hiromu Taguchi, famous Russian folk song "2 Guitars"
will appear on the way in the piece of music. Having solo of each guitar, the
arrangement will be fully enjoyable with charm of guitar. This will be the first
Encore for NE public performance will be-----------pleasure of the day.
<NE Public Performance>
July, 4 (Wed.)
Curtain rise: 19:00 at Minato-mirai (small) Hall, Yokohama
All seats reserved S-seat 4,500yen. A-seat (adult) 3,500yen. A-seat(student)2,500yen.
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