Yukiko Watanabe:
“Inner Cloud“

Yukiko Watanabe © Yukiko Watanabe Yukiko Watanabe was born in 1983 in Nagano, Japan. She studied composition and piano with Keiko Harada and Michio Mamiya at the Toho Gakuen School of Music and with Beat Furrer at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, Austria. She has also attended numerous international academies and received guidance from Rebecca Saunders, Georg Friedrich Haas, Georges Aperghis, Steven Kazuo Takasugi and Chaya Czernowin. Her studies have been supported by the Nomura Cultural Foundation (2008), Rohm Music Foundation (2009-2012) and Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs (2013-2014) and DAAD (2014-).
Her piece ver_flies_sen was published by Universal Edition as part of her having received the 2011 Ö1 Talent Exchange Composition Prize. In May 2014, her second opera, Die weiche Mondin (i.e. The Soft Moon), was premiered by Beat Furrer and musicians from the Graz University of Music and Performing Arts at the Graz Opera. Currently she is studying for her concert degree at the Cologne University of Music under Johannes Schöllhorn.

"Inner Cloud" for daegeum, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, double bass and piano

Inspiration Yukiko Watanabe © Yukiko Watanabe
-Old city covered in golden clouds-
"The piece Inner Cloud is inspired by the old Japanese screen painting Rakuchu-rakugai-zu, which shows Kyoto, the early capital of Japan. The picture gave me several contradictory impressions: fantastic/realistic, miniature/large-scale, static/dynamic, logical/non-logical. In my piece, I tried to cross the border of my imagination by thinking such keywords between their extremes.
In this piece, I use western instruments and one Korean instrument, the daegeum. There is no hierarchy amongst the instruments; I regard them as just a collection of various timbres. Like the buildings and temples in the picture, each instrument, though sometimes very characteristic, is not assertive but rather part of the general arrangement."