100 Cymbals, by Ryoji Ikeda

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100 Cymbals, by Ryoji Ikeda, invests the grand auditorium with a stage performance that is also an audiovisual installation, interpreted by the renowned ensemble Les Percussions de Strasbourg, together with percussionists Tomás Moital, Madalena Rato, Joana Duarte, Paulo Amendoeira and Francisco Cipriano, highlighting the potential of cymbals by crossing the fine line between noise and harmonic resonance.

Directed by Ryoji Ikeda and based on a free interpretation, John Cage’s piece, But what about the noise of crumpling paper underlines the essential relationship between the American composer and the new music in post-war Japan.

Image © Henri Vogt

Ryoji Ikeda, Japanese artist living and working between Paris and Kyoto, creates immersive live performances and installations through the orchestration of sound, image, materials, physical phenomena and mathematical notions. The refined technique and aesthetics of his albums +/- (1996), 0°C (1998), matrix (2000), dataplex (2005), test pattern (2008) and supercodex (2013) pioneered minimalist electronic music.

Founded in 1962, the ensemble Les Percussions de Strasbourg performs 20th-century masterpieces and composes new pieces that bring their contemporary heritage to life. Since its formation, the ensemble has been at the centre of artistic production thanks to its links with contemporary composers and the diversity of its capabilities in terms of musical formats: from duo to octet, acoustic to electronic, recital to musical and dance.

Engawa – A season of contemporary art from Japan

‘Engawa’ is a programming that brings to Lisbon a set of creators from Japan and the Japanese diaspora, many of them for the first time in Portugal. More info



Les Percussions de Strasbourg
Tomás Moital
Madalena Rato
Joana Duarte
Paulo Amendoeira
Francisco Cipriano



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