'Imagine Meeting You Here': Fujii/Spence performance, education, recording projects

1 September 2016

Spence and Satoko Fujii Orchestra Nagoya, Tokuzo, Nagoya. Credit: Usui Yasuhiro

Sector: Society and Culture

Country location: Australia, Japan

Grantee: Mr Alister Spence

Project Description

A collaboration between Satoko Fujii and Alister Spence.

Stimulating artistic and cultural engagement, this project brings together two highly acclaimed international artists - pianist/composer/improviser, Satoko Fujii (Japan) and pianist/composer, Alister Spence (Australia).

They will tour Australia and Japan performing two large-scale musical works: Imagine Meeting You Here (IMYH, Spence) and Fukushima Suite (Fujii). In Australia, Satoko Fujii will give lecture demonstrations and masterclasses.

This cultural exchange will commence in Australia in May 2017 with a two-week intensive composer-in-residence by Fujii at University of New South Wales, culminating in a concert of Fujii's work at Io Myers Studio, UNSW. In June 2017 Fujii's, Fukushima Suite will be performed by Sirens Big Band at Capital Jazz Project Festival, Canberra. Additional performances in Australia in May/June 2017 will see Spence and Fujii perform Duo concerts in Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane, Melbourne.

In Japan, performances by Fujii and Spence are confirmed for September 2017 with Satoko Fujii Orchestras (SFO) in Tokyo, Nagoya and Kobe at Jazz Art Sengawa Festival, Tokyo; Tokuzo in Nagoya; Big Apple, Kobe. Spence/Fujii will also play duo piano performances at Koendori Classics Tokyo, and other venues in Japan.  

Spence's IIMYH will be recorded by SFO Kobe for release in late 2017.

Key dates:

  • Fujii/Spence Duo concert, Glebe Justice Centre, Sydney, 19 May 2017
  • Satoko/UNSW Residency, UNSW, Sydney, 22 May 2017 to 02 June 2017
  • Satoko/Fukushima Suite, UNSW, Sydney, 02 June 2017
  • Satoko and Sirens Big Band/Fukushima Suite, Capital Jazz Project (festival), Canberra, 03 June 2017
  • Fujii/Spence Duo, Capital Jazz Project (festival), Canberra, 04 July 2017
  • Fujii/Spence Duo concert, Brisbane, 07 June 2017
  • Fujii/Spence Duo concert, Melbourne, 08 June 2017
  • Spence and SFO Tokyo/ Imagine Meeting You Here, Jazz Art Sengawa, Tokyo, 16 September 2017
  • Spence and SFO Nagoya/Imagine Meeting You Here, Tokuzo, Nagoya, 20 September 2017
  • Spence and SFO Kobe/Imagine Meeting You Here, Big Apple, Kobe, 21 September 2017

Social media: www.alisterspence.com, www.satokofujii.com.

Australia-Japan Foundation grant offer: $9,700.00

Total project value: $9,700.00

Last Updated: 16 August 2016