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Born in Nagoya, Japan
Started to learn the harmonium at the Wakaba Kindergarten
At the age of 8 he did spontaneously his first composition in 16-bars while he was sick at home. Soon after staying in a hospital in a month, he started piano lesson from Setsuko Endo. As she gave unique lessons, he chanced to listen to Bartok and became interested in contemporary music. He composed “Amadare potan”, “Fue no ne”, “Densha gokko”.
Composed “Waltz of stars”
Composed “Tanuki to Kitsune”
“Tanuki to Kitsune” became very popular at his elementary school. Composed “Wandering Tramp” for trumpet and piano.
Entered Shiroyama Junior High School. composed “Moonlight”
composed “the Decline of the ONI” in 5 movements. Entered Asahigaoka Senior High School.
Composed “Fantasy of the Heaven and the Hell”. He visited a composer, Mikio Tojima. Tojima said to Nomura, “If you make correction where composition teacher told to correct, you will be a second-rate composer”. Nomura decided not to study music at the university.
composed “Untitled” for piano
Entered Fuculty of Science at Kyoto University. Started improvisation with his friends.
Formed composer group “LAS” with Kaoru Kobayashi.
Organised a 3-day-concert “Cage-van” with Hiroaki Ooi and Kaoru Kobayashi. The concert focused on John Cage and American experimental music.
Organised improvisers group “Gisou-nanmin” and several concerts. Performed his composition “Kumikyoku” at the Kyoto City University of Art and Music. Composed “Talea” for 2 flutes and violin. He formed “pou-fou” with Tamiki Sawa(violin), Akira Toyonaga(electric guitar), and Bob Barazza(percussion/voice). Composed “Ragamuffin Dance” for prepared piano.
Kaoru Kobayashi(French horn) joined pou-fou as its 5th member. Pou-fou won the New Artists Audition 91 by Sony Music Entertainment from 2,700 groups. Experimental performance in a nursery school with Shinta Inoue(artist/Japanese drum) and Shoshokaku Sugioka(artist).
Pou-fou played on a TV programme “We are new musicians” of NHK. Street performance with Zan Yamashita(dance) and Tamiki Sawa(violin). Graduated from Kyoto University. The CD of pou-fou was released from Epic/Sony Records.
Concert of pou-fou in the Nagoya City Museum of Art. Launched a project “Ballet” with Shoshokaku Sugioka(artist) and Zan Yamashita(dancer). Launched another project “Street Band” with Shimabuku(artist) Lecture at Kyoto University of Art and Design. Composed “ReReReNoRe”.
Composed “Gigantic Greenhouse” for theatre with 30 amateur musicians. Organised an event of poetry reading “Shibireru”. Collaborated with a poet Gozo Yoshimasu. Started to live in York, England by the British Council Fellowship.
Composed “Desi Desi Desi” for wind orchestra, rock band and 2 pianos. It was performed both in Japan and in England. Formed “Bishop of Fish Drinks Sake” with Hugh Nankivell and did gigs in Leeds and Huddersfield. Organised a concert for Kobe in York.
His article Follow Children’s Music is published in The British Journal of Music Education（Cambridge University Press）. Composed “Southern Hemisphere” for auto-piano for the installation of Shimabuku at Yokohama City Art Gallery.
Played with Charles Hayward in his Japan Tour, which was released as Escape From Europe by locus solus. Composed “Jogetlah! Beethoven” for Javanese gamelan and children. Formed melodica quintet “P-blot” for the Music Merge Festival. Won the 1st prize (contemporary music) of Japan Creators’ Club Art Awards. Composed “Hocket for Kobe” for melodica quintet.
Composed “Namamughi Namaghome” for 2 pianos. Co-produced CD of Taske(singer/songwriter) with Shimabuku.
Taught music at a community home for children who had committed a crime. Worked as a pianist/composer for National Choreographic Centre in Grenoble, France for the work of Jean-Claude Gallotta. Did lecture and workshop for the seminar by Gifu Music Therapy Institution. Composed “Etude for Oshigame” for koto.
“Namamughi Namaghome” was performed in Netherland and Belgium by Hiroaki Ooi and Tomoko Mukaiyama. It was also performed in Tokyo by Yuji Takahashi and Aki Takahashi. Did lecture on street music at Toyama Univerisity. Composed “Mr. No Name” for shakuhachi, 2 kotos, melodica, piano, etc., commissioned by Asahi Brewery company. Composed several etude for koto. Participated in an exhibition “Donaiyanen -la creation contemporaine au Japon” in the museum of Ensba, Paris. Various performance in the museum, outdoor, living rooms, etc. for 6 weeks in Paris. Composed “Tsun Koitsume” for koto, syamisen, syo, futozao, and percussion.
Arts Forum Japan organised “Nomura Makoto Art Workshop -Collaborative Composition with Old People”. More than 40 workshops were held in 2 elderly people’s home. These workshops were introduced by newspaper, TV, magazenes etc. “Ito”, quintet of Japanese traditional instruments, released a CD “Ito” which included Nomura’s “Tsun Koitsume”. His book “Rojo Nikki (Diary on the road) was published by Atelier Peyotl. “F and I” for electric organ was performed in Paris.
Composed “Away From Home With Eggs” for piano, commissioned by Tomoko Mukaiyama. It was in the CD “Amsterdam X Tokyo” (BVHAAST). Composed “Semi” for Javanese gamelan, “Dog eating its legs” for the dance performance by Zan Yamashita, “Lovely Letters from Squirels” for koto, “How Many Spinatch Amen!” for accordion, violin and violoncello. The first workshop of “Shogi Composition” at the Keio University. Directed 40 minutes shogi composition by 29 musicians in “Makoto Nomura and Shogi Composition Festival”.
Formed “Shimabuku Nomura Art Foundation” as a part of the exhibition “Encounter” at the Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery in collaboration with Shimabuku. Started teaching at Kyoto Women’s Univerisity as a full-time lecturer. Composed 1st act of “Momotaro” gamelan music theatre for Marga Sari. Composed “Intermezzo for the days without domestic violence” for piano. Joined “Facts of Life” at the Hayward Gallery. Composed “Mr. Darma is now composing” for piano and orchestra. Joined Kyoto Creators’ Meeting and collaborated with Tadasu Takamine, Emanuelle Huyenne, Osamu Jareo, Kosei Sakamoto, Pak Hobin etc.
Composed “52 X 51″ for koto septet, which was performed by Soemon. CD “Intermezzo” was released by airplanelabel. Workshops and concert organised by Toyoshina Modern Museum, and they were documented as DVD “Music of School” by Yukihiro Nomura. Taught as a part-time lecturer at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. Composed “Improvised Music by Autistic people” for clarinet, koto, percussion, marimba and woodbass, commissioned by Asahi Brewery co. Produced DVD “Music of Castle Ruin” in collaboration with Yukihiro Nomura, commissioned by Sakura City Art Museum. Composed “Semi-bongo” for koto ensemble, which was performed in the concert hall of Art Tower Mito. Collboration with Shinta Inoue(visual), Yuko Mori(dance), Tamami Yamada(dance), and Shinjiro Maeda(video) at Kyoto Art Centre. CD “Semi” by Makoto NOMURA was released by Steinhand label.
“Intermezzo” was arranged for clarinet ensemble by Shin Takahashi and performed in Sapporo. The score of this version was also published. Composed “Small Peace Activity” for marimba and Syamisen. Composed “Tsumiki” for 2 17-string koto. Won the 1st Asahi Beer Art Award. Composed “Pepelo-pelog” for Javanese gamelan. A concert focusing on Nomura’s composition “The Future of Music -the world of NOMURA Makoto” was held at Hekisui Hall. Also another concert focusing on his composition was held in Groningen, Netherland. The 1st CD of P-blot was released. Did workshops in a high school, college of art, music college, and museum in Avignon invited by Collection Lambert, Avignon. Composed “Greenhorns in Panic” for 2 pianos.
Shogi Symphony no.1 “Chin-don life”, Shogi Symphony no.2 “Where are you going?”, and Shogi Symphony no.3 “Overture” were performed at Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media. Co-directed “Whaletone Opera Act 1″ with Hugh Nankivell at Ezuko Hall. Composed “Which shall we take” for recorder, sho, and organ, commissioned by Aichi Art Cultural Center. It was performed by Toshiya Suzuki(recorder), Mayumi Miyata(sho), and Eri Niiyama(organ). Presented project as a part of a group exhibition “Sound Mine” in Nagoya. Composed “Russian Tampopo” for solo accordion. Firts performance by Mie Miki. Arranged “Improvised Music by Autistic People” for MU-gakudan. Various workshops in Avignon, invited by Collection Lambert. Resigned from Kyoto Women’s Univeristy. Joined in an exhibition “Akimahen” in Lille, France. Joined accordion festival in Lille, together with P-blot, Tomomi Ota, Naoki Homma, and Thiery Montagne. Workshops of Shogi Composition at the Ikon Gallery, Birmingham. “Music with Pets” concert in which audience was able to take their pets. Shogi Composition with Helena Gough. “Music in a zoo” organised by the Grundy Art Gallery. “Whaletone Opera act 2″ in Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield in collaboration with Hugh Nankivell. Workshops in various places in Huddersfield including Lindley Junior School. Lecture and workshop at the Japan Foundation, London. Appointed as the borad member of “Able Art On Stage”. “Future of Music- the world of NOMURA Makoto” at Hekisui Hall. “Dying Dying” for Javanese gamelan was composed with workshop participants. His book “How do we improvise music?” in Japanese co-written with Yusuke Kataoka was published from Aozora Music Publisher. 6 weeks after the publication, it became sold out and it was reprinted. Composed “My Brain is Hawking” for melodica quintet. Organised “Concert of Fire” to enjoy the sounds of fireworks, bonfire, burning the piano etc. on the Mt. Rokko. Composed “Whom are you with?” for solo accordion. Launched research tour in Asia on improvisation and video documentation with Yukihiro Nomura. First tour in Thailand and collaborated Anant Narkkong and various Thai musicians.
Composed “Overturners’ Dance” for marimba and piano, which was first performed by Yusuke Kataoka and Kana Okazaki. Collectively created Act 3 of “Whaletone Opera” with Hugh Nankivell, Kazutoki Umezu, Fuyuki Yamakawa, Ayako Nakura, Tomoka Nagasu, and workshop participants at Ezuko Hall. “Whom are you with?” was first performed by Mie Miki(accordion). Lead workshops at Minatomirai Hall, Yokohama with Junko Kurashina(actor), Tai Ishikawa(composer/counsellor), and Eri Niiyama(organist) to compose suite for organ. “Sound, Rhythm, and Body”, written in Japanese, was published by Minshusya Publisher, which was written with Jun Suzuki and Kana Hayashi.
2 hour improvisation concert with Maki Ishimura(pianist, music therapist). i-picnic in Indonesia with Anant Narkong(Thailand),Yohanes Subowo(Indonesia), Yukihiro Nomura, Shin Nakagawa and Shin Sakuma. Composed “Organ Soup” for organ, which was performed by Eri Niyama at MInato Mirai Hall, Yokohama. Did a workshop in which participants interpreted art works as musical scores at Tokushima Museum of Modern Art. Became the Artistic Director of Collabo Theatre Festival. Organised “Music of Future – the world of Makoto Nomura vol.3″ and first performance “Saruu”, collaborative composition through workshops for Javanese gamelan. Created a video work “Music of Zoorasia” for Yokohama Triennale in collaboration with Yukihiro Nomura. The first performance of “Whaletone Opera” act 4 at Huddersfield University, inviting Charles Hayward (drums) and Pete Moser (trumpet/accordion), Carol Grimes(vocal) and Kana Hayashi(toy) . Composed “Music with Horses” for accordion and piano.
Composed “Japasta Cooking” for Shakuhachi, koto and 17-string bass koto. First performance in Romania, Bulgaria and Serbia by Akihisa Kominato, Naoko Kikuchi and Shin Ichikawa. Composed “Art Circus” and “Zoorasia” for string quartet, which were performed by Katsuya MATSUBARA, Rieko SUZUKI, Daisuke INOBE and Kenichiro YASUDA. “Music with Horses” was first performed in Germany by Tomomi OTA and Nobuko SATO. Composed “No Notes 1″ and “No Notes 2″, first performance by Yusuke KATAOKA and Makoto NOMURA. Became a superviser of TV programme “Ainote” of NHK for a year and made 21 programes. Whole acts of Whaletone Opera were performed at Ezuko Hall, Sennan. Was appointed as the artistic director of music theatre for the 10 years anniversary of Ezuko Hall. Did workshops for children with Ryoji Arai(painter). Composed “Ao Dharma Don” collectively for Javanese gamelan. The world premier of whole act of Music Theatre “Momotaro” for Javanese gamelan. Composed “Blog Music” for solo accordion with Sachiyo Tsurumi, which was performed by Mie Miki. Launched “ACD” for Toride Art Project 2006 and selected 26 young artists to stay and collaborate in Toride. More than 50 projects were done in ACD. UK tour by melodica quintet “P-blot”.
Composed music for “Animal Theatre” directed and choreographed by Zan Yamashita.
“Animal Theatre Suite” for accordion and piano. Directed nearly 4-hour-long Theatre Symphony no.1 “Tennen Onsen” involving more than 300 performers including guitar orchestra, children’s choir, 3 wind orchestras, etc. Co-directed with Junko Kurashina and Mikuni Yanaihara. Art director was Hiroshi Fuji. Nodate by Kimora Toshiro Jinjin.
Composed “Music with Pigs” for accordion solo, whose first performance was played by Grzegorz Stopa. Did workshops at Folkwank Hochscule, Germany. Did workshops of Shogi Composition and concert of melodica solo in Berlin. Played a piano live-painted by Ryoji Arai at Niitsu Museum of Art. Improvised with Akira Sotoyama, Carl Stone and Bunsho Nishikawa at the Festival Beyond Innocence in Osaka. Created and performed “Physical Pianist” , “Physical Melodica” and “Silent Conductor” with Tsuyoshi Shirai(choreographer/dancer). Did workshop with Shin Sakuma in Huddersfield and Edingburgh. Did improvised performance in Glasgow. Performed in Kontraste Festival in Krems, Austria. Yukihiro Nomura video-documented Makoto’s improvisation session with Anant Narkkong (Thai instruments), Kumiko Yabu (percussion) in Thailand and Cambodia.
A book “Ongaku tte do yaruno? (=How do you do music)?”, which was co-written with Yusuke Kataoka, was published by Aozora Ongaku Publisher. Improvising with Kensaku Tanikawa and Kunitaro Ikeda at Nakano Zero. Lecture and workshop in Copenhagen. Joined in Melodica Summit at Exploratorium Berlin and performed with Izumi Ose, Kumiko Yabu, Tomomi Ota and Tetsuya Hori. Did workshops for melodica at Aomori Contemporary Art Centre and composed “Ship(Broom)”, “Ladies”, “Abel to Hear the difference” and “Atrium”. Music Theatre “Momotaro” was performed in 3 cities in Indonesia, ie. Bentara Budaya Jakarta, Taman Budaya Yogyakarta and Cak Durasim Surabaya. Composed “Concerto for accordion and strings” commissioned by Tomomi Ota. Organised a concert entirely focusing on melodica at the Concert Hall of Art Tower Mito. “Whaletone Opera ACT 3″ was performed by 30 1st year students at Dartington College, England. “Whaletone Opera ACT 2″ was performed by more than 100 children of 5 primary schools in Devon, England. Played in the Marsden Jazz Festival. Composed “Frunmanized Music” and “Bookology” in a workshop at a primary school in Hebden Bridge. Organised “Melodica Summit in Tokyo”. Talk and workshop with Natsuko Teduka (dancer). Composed “Pasqua Belhamasca” for melodica trio.
Formed “Mongens” with Makoto Enda (dancer), Junko Kurashina (actor) and Satsuki Yoshino (workshop coordinator).
The first performance of Mongens, inviting Hugh Nankivell as a special guest, was held at Monnaka Tenjo Hall in Tokyo. Launched a project “Keyboard Choreography Collection” with Hugh Nankivell at Ezuko Hall, inviting Shin Sakuma as a special guest. “Whaletone Opera ACT 1″ was performed at Hiramori Elementary School. “Concerto for Accordion and Strings” was first-performed in Essen, Germany by Tomomi Ota (accordion), Chiristophe Schefer (conduction) and Bochmen Symphoniker (string orchestra). “Art Tower Mito” for accordion was performed in Groningen, Netherland by Janne Rättyä. Improvising at Monnaka Tenjo Hall with Soon Kim (saxophone). Performance with Ikuyo Tsukiyama. Hiroaki Ooi performed “Pasqua Belhamasca”. Composed, directed and choreographed “Wind Septet”, “Goshampom” and “Nanalympic” for children, which were performed at Tokyo Art Theatre. CD “Live in Toyama” was released by Dusic label. Notations of Shogi Composition was published “Notations 21″ by Mark Batty Publisher and also exhibited in USA. Composed “Mae Machi ArT Centre”. Performed in Spitalfields Summer Festival, London. Workshop in Exeter, England. Concert in Amersham Music Centre, England. Workshops with Peter Spafford (poet) and Hugh Nankivell (musician) at a primary school in Huddersfield. Concert in Leeds. Did a lecture on melodica at London Office of Japan Foundation. Gig at Cafe Oto, London. Joined in Exeter Respect Festival. Formed “Chawammushi Respect” with Hugh Nankivell and Yusuke Kataoka. Performed in Barbican Theatre Plyumouth. Joined in Kite festival in Morecambe. Workshops for (and concerts with) early year children at the Baltic and for senior people at the Sage Gateshead. Concert at York University with Enrico Bertelli, Kumiko Yabu and Yusuke Kataoka. Composed 21 pieces for piano “Fukuoka Art Museum”. Composed “Fukuoka Triennale” for wind orchestra, commissioned by Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale 2009. Improvisation session as I-picnic in Hungary and Austria, as a part of Kontraste Festival in Krems. Concert and outdoor filming session in Treviso, Italy. Organised “Concert of Hot Water” at Daiharuyu in Fukuoka.
Workshop with Atsushi Miyata at Ezuko Hall. Intensive lectures at Ehime University. Composed and directed “Old People’s Home Remix #1″ and performed at BankART, Yokohama, in collaboration with Satsuki Yoshino and Kentaro Ueda. Composed “Hokusai Manga Quartet” for shakuhachi, koto, xylophone and kokyu. First performance by Hiromu Motonaga, Etsuko Takezawa, Yusuke Kataoka and Hiroshi Obiki. Directed “Nomura Mokoto’s Left Hand’s Rules” at Fukuoka Museum and composed “Fukuoka Museum Remix”. 21 pieces for dance “Fukuoka Art Museum Remix” was performed by 2 dancers, Makoto Enda and Chieko Takasuka based on Nomura’s piano pieces “Fukuoka Art Museum”. Played and explained the melodica on TV programme “Himitsuno Chika Land” by NHK. Lecture at Kunitachi College of Music. Composed “Melodica Stopwatch Quintet”. Directed and composed “Concert in a Swimming Pool” commissioned by Aichi Triennale 2010. A book on music education “Ongaku Dukuri no Hint” was published by Ongakunotomo publisher. Composed “6 new bagatelle” for piano and first performed by Hiroaki Ooi. Whole act of “Whaletone Opera” was performed at the Dartington, England. It was also performed at the Sage Gateshead in the Juice Festival.
Lecture at the postgraduate school of Indonesian National University of Arts and Music, Yogyakarta. Launched collaboration with young composer Gardika Gigih Pradipta. Co-organised “Message from Yogyakarta for Japan” in Taman Budaya Yogyakarta. Nomura gave speech on the situation in Miyagi after the earthquake. Composed “My Brain is Hawking” for accordion trio. Workshops at SMA BOSA High School. Joined “Collaboration between Yogyakarta and Japan” in Taman Budaya Yogyakarta with Ayako Yamashita, Michiko Chida, Kumiko Yabu, Suwarta, Yohanes Subowo, Jumek and Haryanto Taliwangsa. This concert was reported on 6 newspapers. Joined “Hari Bumi” by Haryanto Taliwangsa. Joined the festival “Hari Tari Dunia” in Surakarta. Joined in Tembi Music Festival. Played “Kampung Halaman” by Gardika Gigih Pradipta. Joined in Yogyakarta Gamelan Festival. Joined “Creative Music Festival for Children” in Yogyakarta. Concert and workshop at Selasar Sunaryo Art Space with Makoto Yoshimori, Kumiko Yabu, Gardika Gigih Pradipta and Dodong Kodir. The article about Nomura was reported on the top page of Kompas, which is newspaper with national circulation in Indonesia. Collaboration with 5 Gunung and Sutanto. Lecture Universiti Teknologi Mara in Malaysia. Concert with Masato Tomobe in Yokohama. Became a jury for JFC Composition Award by Japanese Federation of Composers. Organised Ainote-san World Music Festival in Koganei. Released CD Ainote-san “Live in Jogja”. Workshops at Nagasaki University. Concert at cafe ZANPANO. Concert with Kumiko Yabu at morpho cafe, Kyoto. Composed “PORCON – portable concerto for violin and percussions”. Filming tour in Taiwan with Yukihiro Nomura and Kumiko Yabu. Composed “Changing Costumes – double concerto for viola, melodica and percussions ”
Organised a concert “Portable Concerto” at Xebec Hall with Kohei Kondo. Composed Documentary Opera “Dango for the Revival” as Old People’s Home Remix #2 and performed it with Osamu Jareo (dance), Aya Sugimoto (photo), Kentaro Ueda (Video) at ST Spot, Yokohama. Lecture for Japanese Association for Music Therapy. Performed with Makoto Enda in Maizuru. Lecture at Kyoto University of Arts and Design. “Concert in a Public Bath” commissioned by Art Access Adachi. Became an API Fellow. Became the Visiting Professor at Kyoto University of Arts and Design. Lecture on Melodica and Contemporary Music organised by JSCM (Japanese Society of Contemporary Music). Composed 11 pieces for piano “Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art”. Workshops for 5th International Geopark Conference in Unzen, together with Hugh Nankivell and Sarah Goldingay. Performed Yohanes Subowo’s piece at Indonesian National University of Arts and Music, Yogyakarta. Gig at cafe yogue with Naoto Kawate, Yusuke Kataoka and Kumiko Yabu. Became the artist in residence at Aomori Contemporay Art Centre. Workshops at the Hayward Gallery, London.