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date: 20 August 2019

Kubo, Mayakolocked

  • Christian Scheib

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(b Kobe, Dec 5, 1947). German composer of Japanese birth. She studied composition in Vienna with Haubenstock-Ramati and in Germany with Lachenmann. In 1985 she settled in Berlin. Her compositional style shows the influence of her piano training (in Tokyo and Vienna) and her study of electro-acoustic music. A renunciation of stylistic unity, characterized by changes from one medium or genre to another, is central to her musical aesthetic. Her works often contain references to literature, current events and biographical material, and quote from German and Japanese folksong, Viennese waltzes and other musical sources. Some of her compositions are emphatically experimental, employing unconventional performance techniques to produce ‘noise’.

An analysis of structurally and socially conditioned violence is a common thread running through Kubo's works. In radio plays such as Ich bin 99 Jahre alt (1988), she uses speech to comment on social development; in the Klavierstück für zwei Hände...

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