- Masakata Kanazawa
(b Tokyo, April 11, 1930). Japanese composer and musicologist. Self-taught in composition, in 1953 he joined the Jikken Kōbō (Experimental Workshop), a group organized by Takemitsu, Yuasa and others. He was recognized as a composer of ability when his Ekagura, composed for the flautist Ririko Hayashi, won a prize at a contemporary music festival at Karuizawa in 1958. The title, meaning ‘concentration’ in Sanskrit, describes the music’s character precisely: expressionistic, rhapsodic and extremely intense, it is a virtuoso display of avant-garde idioms. Stravinsky recommended it for performance at the Los Angeles Monday Evening Concerts in 1959. In 1961 Fukushima was invited to Darmstadt to lecture on nō plays and modern music in Japan, and in 1963 he received a travelling fellowship from the Japan Society of New York. Returning to Japan, he took an appointment to teach music at Ueno Gakuen College, Tokyo. In 1973 he founded and became the director of the Nihon Ongaku Shiyō-shitsu (Research Archives for Japanese Music) within the College. His books and articles on Japanese music, particularly gagaku (court music) and ...