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Friday, 31 October 2014

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Japanese story is festival highlight

ONE of the highlights of the annual Lake District Summer Music festival falls on Wednesday night, when the highly-regarded Okeanos ensemble perform in Troutbeck Bridge.

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The fortnight long programme sees acts from around the world visiting venues across the Lake District.

Tomorrow’s show is a new multimedia chamber opera following the young artist Hiroshige as he sets out on Japan’s great Eastern sea-coast road, Tokaido Road, in 1832 – an adventure he later brought to life in his famous woodblock prints.

As the characters in the prints come to life, the young artist becomes enmeshed in an unfolding drama. Reflecting in old age, he recalls not only the beautiful landscapes that he painted, but the people he met.

The evening begins with a 30-minute instrumental introduction by the Okeanos ensemble, demonstrating its fascinating and unusual mix of Western and Japanese instruments.

Okeanos have premiered over 100 works and commissioned composers including Robin Holloway and Howard Skempton, as well as performing in renowned London venues including the Barbican, Kings Place and The Warehouse. They feature on the recently released NMC Debut Disc series with music by Dai Fujikura, including his Okeanos cycle composed especially for them, which has been acclaimed worldwide.

The ensemble has been at the forefront of many young composers’ careers, including Lynne Plowman, Dai Fujikura, Chikako Morishita, and Basil Athanasiadis, and have also commissioned work from established composers Robin Holloway, Howard Skempton, Judith Weir, Nigel Osborne, John Joubert, Sadie Harrison, Nicola LeFanu and Judith Bingham.

Wednesday’s concert at Lakes Hall starts at 6pm and tickets are available from the LDSM festival website.

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