Akiyoshidai International Arts Village
1995 - 1998
Site Area: 330,000 sqmBuilding Area: 4,526 sqmTotal Floor Area: 7,919 sqm
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"International Contemporary Music Seminar & Festival"--modeled on the Darmstadt music festival which helped bring about revolutionary changes in the world of music in the second half of the twentieth century--started in 1989. The three giants of the musical avant-garde, Stockhausen, Boulez and Nono, made their debuts in the 1950s at Darmstadt. Toshio Hosokawa, a Japanese composer who began to be noticed at Darmstadt as a young man in the 1980s, decided to serve as a music director himself in order to carry on their ideas. He has held the event in Akiyoshidai every year.
Akiyoshidai is the biggest karst region in Japan, with enormous caverns under its desolate plain. The seminars, organized with the help of volunteers, were held at first in simple lodgings intended primarily for visiting tourists, but the local government, noting the growing international interest in the event, decided to create a permanent facility.
The seminar house is programmed as a facility for contemporary music. It includes the main concert hall, which has a capacity of about 400 persons, two seminar rooms, one with a capacity of 150 persons and another with a capacity of 50 persons, and individual practice rooms. The courtyard is a shallow pond from which a stage rises like an island. The concert hall was designed to accommodate the first performance in Japan of "Prometeo 2" by Luigi Nono. The orchestra, divided into four parts, the chorus group, the soloists, the narrator, and the percussion section seem to float in the air and surround the space. In the middle is the console of the electronic modulating equipment. The speakers, suspended in the air, form a ring. All this is very different from a conventional hall. Our intention was to translate into architectural space the archipelagic acoustical space implicit in Nono's score.