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  • Akiko Okawa

    violinist & violist

    playing early to contemporary music

     

    Born in Tokyo, Japan. Akiko is Belgium-based violinist and violist working in early, classical and contemporary music. She specializes in historical informed performance with period instruments, especially from early classical to late romantic repertoire. Since 2015, she has joined the Jeune Orchestre de l'Abbaye aux Dames de Saintes in France, and has played under the direction of numerous conductors and soloists especially Amandine Beyer, William Christie, Laurence Equilbey, Philippe Herreweghe and Hervé Niquet.


    In the contemporary music scene, she is an active musician playing with several ensembles as the Erämaa Trio and the Ensemble 21. In 2018, she joined the ICTUS Ensemble as an extra violinist for the creation of opera “Der verschwundene Hochzeiter” by Klaus Lang. Always passionate about playing the new composition for solo instrument and chamber music ensemble, working and cleating with composers their own pieces. She gave the first performance of « Missy Vaëliz » for viola solo by Jean-Marie Rens at the Festival LOOP (Brussels, Belgium) in 2017.

     

    She is one of the founding members of the Erämaa Trio (specialized in 20th century and contemporary music for violin / viola, clarinets and piano / electronics) who won the first prize in the Léopold Bellan International Competition (Paris, France) in 2017.

     

    She studied violin with Shizuko Ishii at the Senzoku Gakuen College of Music (Japan) and with Véronique Bogaerts at the Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles (Belgium). She also specializes in baroque violin with Alessandro Moccia and modern viola with Paul De Clerck at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Gent and Brussel.

  • Erämaa Trio

    Contemporary music ensemble & performers

    violin / viola, clarinets and piano / electronics

     
     
     

    What is « Erämaa Trio » ? Trio is quite obvious, as the band is composed with three musicians. But what about the other word ?

     

    In Finnish, Erämaa is the desert, a wasteland, a virgin ground, far from Human influence. Therefore, it evokes new grounds to explore and reveal to mankind.

     

    The musicians of the Eramäa Trio lead you to a trip along 20th and 21th centuries music. Let’s (re)discover Stravinsky, Bartok, Gilbert Amy, or even Yann Robin.

     

    Musiciens

    Akiko Okawa - Violin & Viola

    Cédric De Bruycker - Clarinets

    Quentin Meurisse - Piano & Electronics

     

  • Repertoire

    Solo & Ensemble works with Erämaa

     

    [Solo]

     

    Luciano Berio : Sequenza VIII for violin solo (1976)
    Krzysztof Penderecki : Cadenza (version for solo violin, 1933)

    Jean-Marie Rens : Missy Vaëliz for viola solo (2017)

     

    [Duo]

     

    György Kurtág : Kafka-Fragmente Op. 24 (1985-1987) - soprano & violin

    Alessandro Milia : Per Franco Oppo logodia (2015) - violin & piano

    Salvatore Sciarrino : La Malinconia (1980) - violin & viola

    Toru Takemitsu : Hika (1966) - violin & piano

     

    [Trio with Erämaa]

     

    Gilbert Amy : En trio (1985)

    Nicolas Bacri : Trois moments retrouvés (2014/2018)

    Béla Bartók : Contrasts Op. BB116 (1938)

    Alban Berg : Adagio (1924/1925)

    Max Bruch : Eight Pieces for clarinet, viola & piano, Op. 83 (1910)

    Sebastian Currier : Verge (1997)
    Jean-Pierre Deleuze : Ellipsen (1988)

    Luca Francesconi : Impulse II (1985)

    Arturo Fuentes : Zeitlos (2014) - bass clarinet, piano & viola

    György Kurtág : Hommage à R. Schumann Op. 15d (1992) - clarinet (also bass drum), viola & piano

    Michel Lysight : Runes (2014)

    Paul-Baudouin Michel : TOREUTIQUE I, Op. 40 (1969)

    Darius Milhaud : Suite en trio op.157b (1936)

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart : « Kegelstatt-Trio » E-flat major K. 498 (1786) - clarinet, viola & piano

    Yann Robin : Fterà (2014) - bass clarinet, viola & piano

    Rebecca Saunders : The under-side of green (1994)

    Robert Schumann : Märchenerzählungen Op. 132 - clarinet, viola & piano (1853)

    Shahriar Sharifpour : Trio pour clarinette, violon et piano (2017)

    Igor Stravinsky : Histoire du soldat (1919)

    Bram Van Camp : Music for 3 instruments (2010)

     
    [String quartet]
     
    Gavin Bryars : String Quartet No. 1 "Between The National And The Bristol" (1985)

    Olivier Penard : Polyptyque dit «du diamant» (quatuor à cordes n°1) Op. 28 (2011)

    Marcel Quinet : Quatuor à corde Op. 36 (1958)

    Anton Webern : 6 Bagatellen für Streichquartett Op. 9 (1913)

     

    [Other formations]
     

    Malcolm Arnold : Trio for Flute, Viola & Bassoon (1943)

    Pierre Bartholomée : Berceuse pour Harry (2017) - violin, viola, cello, flute, clarinet, bass clarinet & piano (4 hands)
    Jean-Luc Fafchamps : Lettre soufie « D(hâl) » (2002) - clarinet (& bass clarinet), percussion, piano & string trio
    Francesco Filidei : Ballata No.2 for ensemble (2011) - fl, cl, fg, crn, trp, trb, pf, 2 vl, vla, vc, cb
    Luca Francesconi : A fuoco (1995) - guitar and ensemble, fl (also fl.b.), cl (also cl.b.), perc, pf, vl, vc
    Magnus Lindberg : Clarinet Quintet (1992) - clarinet & string quartet
    Bruno Mantovani : Troisième Round (2001) - Saxophone and ensemble
    Olivier Messiaen : Quatuor pour la fin du temps (1940) - violin, clarinet, cello & piano

    Misato Mochizuki : «All that is including me» (1996) - bass flute, clarinet & violin

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart : « Stadler Quintet » A major K. 581 (1789 ) - clarinet, two violins, viola & cello
    Fausto Romitelli : Professor Bad Trip - Lesson I, for eight instruments and electronics (1998), Lesson II, for ten instruments (1999), Lesson III, for ten instruments (2000)
    Jörg Widmann : 7 Abgesänge auf eine tote Linde (1997) - soprano, violin, clarinet & piano
     

    [Works with Live electronics or/and Video]

     

    Jean-Pierre Deleuze : Sonances de l’an levant (2014) - violin & live electronics

    Stéphane Orlando : Simply Human + Black Panthers (2017/2018) - violin, clarinet, cello & piano

     
    ..... And more .....
  • Agenda

    Upcoming concerts

     

    - Sunday 05.05.2019 - 15:00 : Ensemble Kanadé, Den Beulebak / Sint-Nicolaasplaats 10, 2000 Antwerp, Belgium

    - Wednesday 08.05.2019 - 21:00 : Express Quartet, Café Central / Borgval 14, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
    - Thursday 30.05.2019 - 19:00 :
    Erämaa Trio, Joseph Jongen auditorium / Royal Conservatory of Brussels, Belgium

    - Saturday 29.06.2019 : Erämaa Trio, Furies / 15 Rue de Fagnières, 51000 Châlons-en-Champagne, France

    - Thursday 01.08.2019 - 19:00 : Erämaa Trio, Workshop concert with Noriko Yakushiji, Koen-dori Classics / 19-5 Udagawa-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0042, Japan

    - Friday 02.08.2019 - 18:30 : Erämaa Trio & Noriko Yakushiji, Gallery Concert collaborating with the exposition of Haruna Ichihashi, Art space & Handicraft Gallery Tsomoriri Bunko / 1-25-4 Sengawachô, Chofu-shi, Tokyo, 182-0002, Japan

    - Saturday 03.08.2019 - 19:30 : Erämaa Trio, Joint concert with Noriko Yakushiji, Suginami Public Hall / 1-23-15 Kamiogi, Suginami-ku, Tokyo, 167-0043, Japan

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    Past concerts

     

    - 22.07.2016 : Erämaa Trio, Télécom Sud Paris, Évry, France

    - 27.12.2016 : «Zenith & Nadir» Erämaa Trio & Noriko Yakushiji, Piano B-Art, Brussels, Belgium

    - 19.01.2017 : Erämaa Trio, Art Base, Brussels, Belgium
    - 24.03.2017 : Erämaa Trio, Piano B-Art, Brussels, Belgium
    - 10.05.2017 : Erämaa Trio, Recital at the Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium

    - 27.07.2017 : Erämaa Trio, Télécom Sud Paris, Évry, France

    - 02.11.2017 : Erämaa Trio & Noriko Yakushiji, Art Base, Brussels, Belgium

    - 01.12.2017 : Erämaa Trio, Festival LOOP 10, Brussels, Belgium

    - 30.01.2018 : Erämaa Trio, Maison des musique, Brussels, Belgium
    - 06.02.2018 : Erämaa Trio, "Classique Ici !" Maison des Cultures et de la Cohésion Sociale de Molenbeek, Brussels, Belgium
    - 02.03.2018 : Erämaa Trio, Belgian Music Days, Leuven, Belgium
    - 04.03.2018 : Erämaa Trio, Château du Karreveld, Brussels, Belgium
    - 17.04.2018 : «Lettres soufies et composition contemporaine» La Vénerie, Centre culturel de Watermael-Boitsfort, Brussels, Belgium
    - 03.05.2018 : Erämaa Trio, Recital at the Académie Royale de Belgique, Brussels, Belgium

    - 21.09.2018 : Ensemble 21, SMOG, Brussels, Belgium

    - 11.10.2018 : Ensemble 21, Cinéconcert, Arsonic - Mars, Mons, Belgium

    - 18.10.2018 : Ensemble 21, CONCERT² / COMPOSITION, Auditorium d’ARTS² - Conservatoire royal de Mons, Belgium

    - 20.10.2018 : Ensemble 21, CONCERT² / COMPOSITION, Auditorium du CRR de Lille, France

    - 27.11.2018 : Erämaa Trio, "Classique Ici !" Maison des Cultures et de la Cohésion Sociale de Molenbeek, Brussels, Belgium

    - 09.03.2019 : Jeune Orchestre de l’Abbaye, l’Abbaye de Fontevraud, France
    - 10.03.2019 : Jeune Orchestre de l’Abbaye, Théâtre de Chatellerault, France
    - 11.03.2019 : Jeune Orchestre de l’Abbaye, l’Abbaye aux Dames de Saintes, Saintes, France

    - 07.04.2019 : Express Quartet, Art Base, Brussels, Belgium

     

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