Comatonse Recordings

Pika-Don / Lovebomb

Pika-Don (James Tenney, 1991)

Yoshiko Kanda, Hiroe Sasaki, Tamao Inano, Megumi Hattori (percussion), Sumihisa Arima (electronics)

Deus ex Machina (James Tenney, 1982)

Yoshiko Kanda (tam-tam), Sumihisa Arima (electronics)

Lovebomb (Terre Thaemlitz, 2003)

Terre Thaemlitz (screening and performance)

*Post-performance Q&A follows

Sun Sep. 11

18:30 open / 19:00 start / 2,500 yen (one drink included)


James Tenney (1934–2006), who involved himself in the early electronic music studies at Bell Laboratories, absorbed Cagean philosophy and established his own scientific musical theory and composition methodology, was born near an atomic bomb testing site in Alamogordo, New Mexico. He was 11 years old in 1945, and later lost his partner and dog to cancer. He died of cancer too in 2006.


Pika-Don (flash-boom), a piece for four-channel pre-recorded "testimonies" and four percussionists that surround audience, is truly a musical piece of our times that he wrote wishing for reconciliation with science. Deus ex Machina, which Tenney called a "post-script" for his earlier electronic works, accumulates the resonances of the performance space and brings them to the extreme. Both Japanese premieres and can only be fully experienced in live performance. Pika-Don will be subtitled in Japanese.


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The club scene’s deafening plea to “love one another” cannot be separated from the muffled ambiance of happenings behind closed doors. [...] Rather than songs of love and unity, I long for audio of love’s irreconcilable differences. Not the lovelorn elegy or torch song, but crossed strategies and layered content.


Lovebomb is a screening-performance by Terre Thaemlitz that critically reflects on various aspects of “love” as an ideological device. Since its inception in 2003, the work has been presented across the world. Its acute “non-essentialist transgender” approach to the messages of “love” that fill the mainstream music and even to a “perverse sense of eternal love” for survivors of holocausts has proven more and more contemporary. A bilingual work in English and Japanese. A post-performance Q&A follows inviting Lauren Pratt, a producer at California Institute of the Arts and REDCAT, James Tenney’s partner, and one of the voices for Pika-Don.

Yoshiko Kanda


Graduated from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music and its Graduate School. Received a scholarship award twice at the International Summer Course for New Music Darmstadt. She has released a CD from Victor Entertainment, performed as a soloist with Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra and New Japan Philharmonic, took part in national and international music festivals, premiered works of a number of composers, and collaborated with young composers. Her diverse approaches to percussion music beyond trends and genres include performance on restored instruments of the Shosoin Repository, ensemble with early instruments, and a duo with jazz piano “TANAKANDA.” Her compositions have been played in New York and various cities in the world and across Japan. In 2014, she released Kaeru No Uta, a CD featuring her own pieces for percussion ensembles, and four pieces from the CD were published. A member of PERCUSSION TRIO [The Birds], Ensemble Contemporary α, and Tokyo Gen’On Project.

Hiroe Sasaki


Graduated from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. Studied percussion with Makoto Aruga and Yasunobu Mikami and marimba with Michiko Takahashi. A freelance player, she has been active across genres. Performed on NHK FM recitals in 1996 and 1997. Took part in performance and recording of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra in 1999. Played timpani in the Ensemble Of Tokyo and the 12th, 13th and 15th Affinis Music Festival. In the concert series “Le Sacre du printemps + Bartók by Yumiko Meguri & Kenichi Nakagawa” organized by Tsuda Hall, she performed Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion and other pieces. She has also performed in a number of theatre performances including A Dream within a Dream and The Lion King by Shiki Theatre Company, My Fair Lady and Mozart! produced by Toho, Titus Andronicus directed by Yukio Ninagawa and L’Histoire du soldat directed by Kazuya Yamada featuring actor Eisuke Sasai and ventriloquist Ikkokudo. In 2010, she took part in singer / songwriter Kei Ogura’s concert tour, also singing in the chorus. A member of PERCUSSION TRIO [The Birds].

Tamao Inano


A graduate of the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, Inano won the second prize in the Japanese Wind and Percussion Music Competition and the Mayor’s Award at the Kyoto Arts Festival. As a percussionist and wind instrument player in Tan Dun’s opera, she has played with the Munich Philharmonic, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and NHK Symphony Orchestra at Dutch National Opera, Opera National de Lyon, New Zealand International Arts Festival and Suntory Hall. She has been active as a multi-percussion player working on orchestral works, chamber music and musical, and has played at the concert commemorating the 400th anniversary of Japan–Netherlands exchange in International Gaudeamus Music Week, ISCM’s World Music Days (the 3rd Keizo Saji Prize) and Suntory Foundation for Arts’ Summer Festival “MUSIC TODAY 21.” An instructor at Professional Percussion Music School, member of Ensemble Kochi, and the organizer of percussion ensemble Mallet Garden.

Megumi Hattori


Graduated from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. Received the 2nd prize without the 1st prize in the duo section and the special prize at the International Competition for Percussion Instruments – PENDIM in Bulgaria in 2007 and the vibraphone 1st prize at the Italy Percussion Competition in 2012. Took part in Joe Hisaishi’s Piano Stories concert tour and appeared on a TV feature of Hisaishi by a NHK program, The Star. Musical advisor and appearance on Announcer Concerto, the 55th anniversary of Nippon TV. Invited as the Japanese delegate to the Festival Internacional de Marimbistas in Chiapas, Mexico, in 2010. She has performed on domestic and international cruises of luxury liners such as Nippon Maru and Pacific Venus, and took part in recordings for Momoiro Clover Z, Siena Wind Orchestra and many other artists as well as TV programs, commercials and film soundtracks. As a freelance percussionist, she has been active in various fields including classical music, jazz, pop and Latin.

Sumihisa Arima

Photo by Saya Nishida

Arima has been working across contemporary music, improvisation and other genres focusing on sonic expression employing electronics and computers. As a soloist and a member of chamber ensembles, he has participated in a number of national and international contemporary music festivals, including Suntory Foundation for Arts’ Summer Festival and Composium, where his technical contribution for sound and acoustics as well as performances in more than 300 pieces have been highly acclaimed. He received the 10th Keizo Saji Prize as a member of Tokyo Sinfonietta and the 63rd Minister of Education Encouragement Prize for New Artists. In 2012, he launched a contemporary music ensemble Tokyo Gen’On Project with musicians who are active in national and international contemporary music scenes, and its first concert was awarded the 13th Keizo Saji Prize. Currently an associate professor at the Faculty of Human Sciences, Tezukayama Gakuin University, and a part-time lecturer at Kyoto City University of Arts.

Terre Thaemlitz

Comatonse Recordings

An award winning multi-media producer, writer, public speaker, educator, audio remixer, DJ and owner of the Comatonse Recordings record label. Her work combines a critical look at identity politics — including gender, sexuality, class, linguistics, ethnicity and race — with an ongoing analysis of the socio-economics of commercial media production. He has released over 15 solo albums, as well as numerous 12-inch singles and video works. Her writings on music and culture have been published internationally in a number of books, academic journals and magazines. As a speaker and educator on issues of non-essentialist Transgenderism and Queerness, Thaemlitz has lectured and participated in panel discussions throughout Europe and Japan. He has resided in Japan since January 2001.