Sachie Kobayashi: Les cieux roulent des yeux

September 7, 2021 / ISCM

(Submitted by ISCM – SWISS SECTION)

Sachie Kobayashi (b. 1990) now takes an interest in more intuitive creation and musical expression related to social phenomena. She started her career as a composer while complementing her research as her second master in education of music theory at Haute école de musique de Genève after completing her master’s degree in 2020, under Michael Jarrell, Luis Naon and Gilbert Nouno at the same conservatory. Born in Kanagawa, Japan, she began studying
piano at the age of seven. And she started studying composition at the age of twenty, receiving her bachelor’s diploma in composition from the Tokyo University of Arts. Currently she is based in Geneva and she received some scholarship and grants, especially the Swiss Confederation Excellence Scholarship, the fellowship by the Program of Overseas Study for Upcoming Artists sponsored by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, and Kakehashi Foundation. Immediately after her arrival in Europe, her works were presented worldwide and she participated in several festivals. She has worked with numerous ensembles and musicians including Ensemble Modern, Ensemble Reconcil, mdi Ensemble, percussion CYTi, Orchestre de la HEM, Ensemble 21, and The Geidai Philharmonia Orchestra. In 2020, her composition I haven’t known you yet for orchestra and electronics was premiered by the HEM Orchestra, conducted by Pierre Bleuse. From 2021 to 2022, she will participate in the Cursus de composition et d’informatique musicale by IRCAM (Paris, France). In 2018, she won the Acanthus Prize and the Taito Mayor Prize, and in 2020 she received Special Mention by Ars Electronica Forum Wallis for her acousmatic works. Her composition Protonwerk no. 11 was shortlisted for the ISCM 2021 World New Music Days 2021.

Jeux.1.11 – Les cieux roulent des yeux is a 2019 electroacoustic composition for which Ekaterina Kostelskaya, a multidisciplinary artist who explores the correlation between the physical space and the physicality of sound, created a video. You can see and hear their collaboration here.




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