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UNLIMITED: Reaching for a new Horizon in Science, #1: Voice and Listening to languages

2013-11-23 (Sat) 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Talks by MAKIGAMI Koichi, singer, and KINSUI Satoshi, linguist and professor

MAKIGAMI Koichi, an artist who has been involved in unique activities as a leader and vocalist of the renowned Japanese music ensemble Hikashu and as an instructor of throat-singing Khöömii and the Jew's Harp. Our other guest, KINSUI Satoshi, a linguist who studies the history of Japanese language and advocates the 'Role Languages' will talk about the possibilities of human voice and the relationship between the language and art. How much can we release human voice from linguistic restrictions? What is an alien language? What is projected by the human voice?
They are incidentally the same age, but have led totally different lives. These two people will talk about voice, language, art, and communication in a not-to-be-missed talk.

The talk will be followed by Mr. Makigami's voice performance workshop.

Date & Time: Saturday, November 23, 2013. 14:00 ~ 16:00
Registration starts at 13:30.
Venue: Multi-purpose studio, Kaitokudo for the 21st Century, 1st floor, Osaka University Hall, Toyonaka Campus, Osaka University, 1-13 Machikaneyama-cho, Toyonaka City
There is no fee for attending for this event.
Seating space in the venue: 80
Registration is necessary. Applications will be accepted until all openings are filled. Please note that this event is not intended for children preschool age and younger.
Making Application:
To make application, please send an email or fax entitled "UNLIMITED #1 [or #2]." Send the name of the talk (you can participate in both UNLIMITED talks 1 and 2), your name (with furigana), your age, your address with postal code, and your phone number or email address. Successful applicants will be informed by postcard. Please show the postcard at the door.

Application period: Thursday, October 3, 2013 ~ Tuesday, November 19, 17:00
Fax: 06-6850-6449
For more information, contact: Kaitokudo for the 21st Century, Osaka University

Tel: 06-6850-6443
Brief bios of speakers

MAKIGAMI Koichi, singer

makigami_5Mr.Makigami, a singer, improvisator, producer, lyricist, and composer, was born in Atami, Shizuoka in 1956. He has gained international recognition not as an ordinary singer, but as a voice performer. He is also a researcher and singer of Khöömii, a traditional way of singing in Tyva Republic and Mongolia. He is a leader of Hikashu, a music band which still engages in unique music activities since they released their first record, "Nijusseiki no owarini [At the end of the 20th Century]." He is a representative for the Japan Tyva Khöömii Association, a member of the Nihon Koukin Kyoukai [Japan Jew's Harp Association], and an instructor of Sotaiho health management method. Since the release of his album "Kuchinoha" from Tzadik Records in NY in 1995, he has been invited to some contemporary music festivals in Europe and the U.S. In order to disseminate the super singing method and expand the possibilities of singing by expressing what is difficult to express in a variety of voices and body sounds, he has been involved in events to instruct Khöömii, voice performance workshops, and production of Jazz Art Sengawa.

KINSUI Satoshi, linguist, Professor, Graduate School of Letters, Osaka University

kinsui_2Also aged 56, after completing a master's course at the Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology, The University of Tokyo, Prof. Kinsui obtained a doctor degree in Letters. He has served as an assistant professor at Osaka Women's University and as an assistant professor at the School of Letters, Kobe University. Following those positions, he has served in his current job since April 2000. His specialties are the history of the Japanese language and 'Role Languages.' His publication includes Virtual Japanese, the Mystery of Role Languages, IWANAMI Shoten, in 2003 and The History of Japanese Expressions of Existence, Hituzi Shobo, in 2006, for which he was awarded the Shinmura Izuru Prize.
Role Languages is a concept of language and refers to a speaking style which nobody uses in reality but are used by characters in fictions, a concept that is well-known thanks to his book Virtual Japanese, the Mystery of Role Languages. Not only researchers but also authors, anime producers, and manga artists are paying close attention to his research. As a university student, he served as a conductor in an orchestra and played the flute and was deep into Noh, Kabuki, Bunraku as well as techno, progressive rock, and world music.

Following the UNLIMITED Vol. 1,  a live performance of MAKIGAMI Koichi (vocal, theremin) and "FOOD" with Christian Fennesz on guitar, Iain Ballamy on saxophones, and Thomas Strønen on drums and electronics will begin from 5:00 p.m.

Venue: Assembly Hall, Osaka University Hall
Supported by: Musicology Lab., Graduate School of Letters, Osaka University
Details will be posted on Thursday, October 10 on the Musicology Lab. Graduate School of Letters' webpage.

For information about UNLIMITED vol.2, go here.

What is "UNLIMITED Talk for Reaching for a new Horizon in Science?

Now the limits of science are being asked. An "unlimited" dialogue between performers with unique imagination and scientists with inquiring mind may give birth to new wisdom that may bring a breatkthrough in scientific limitations. UNLIMITED talks aim to open a new gate for science while sharing innovative knowledge brought by performers and scientists who are active in different areas with the public.

Date: 2013-11-23 (Sat) 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Registration: Registration by email is required.
Contact: Kaitokudo for the 21st Century, Osaka University

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