The annual theme for 2018 was “To Transcend”, and through 3 concerts, we proposed to deal with “Barriers of Appreciation”, “Barriers between People” and “Barriers between Religions”. In the 63rd Concert, we intentionally selected challenging compositions in order to bring to our attention the barrier between the abstrusity resulting from paradigm shifting and populism, such as the one between creativity and acceptance, and attempted to propose ways to overcome it. In the 64th Concert, love and friendship, jealousy and betrayal, and salvation as personified by the soloists were entrusted into the form of an opera, and suggested overcoming barriers between nationalities, race, gender and social status. Why did J.S.Bach, himself a Protestant, composed a Catholic Mass as his last work? The motive may well have been his passion to transcend religious boundaries. Following in his footstep, in the 65th Concert, we presented a program of music derived from various religions in order to transcend religious, racial differences.
Formed in 1997, Ensemble NOMAD has been highly acclaimed both nationally and internationally as one of the leading ensembles in the world specializing in the 20th-century and contemporary music, with its unique, infinitely flexible and spontaneous programming in the concerts and high-quality performance. Winner of “KEIZO SAJI Prize 2003” and “The Vienna Philharmonic & Suntory Music Aid Award 2014”, the ensemble has appeared in most major contemporary music festivals around the world. 19 CDs are available worldwide.
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