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In 2014 Japan Century Symphony Orchestra (JCSO) appointed Nomura the director of its creative participation. Since then he has done lots of community music projects with JCSO. For example he composed “Young Person’s Guide to Bali Bali Orchestra” (2019) for Shonai World Music Workshop Orchestra, based on his creative music workshops in collaboration with JCSO and Osaka College of Music.

The following video is Nomura’s presentation “Joy of Creation and Innovation” for the international conference in Leicester in 2018, which describes his unique community music projects with JCSO.

In 2007, Nomura and his colleagues from Thailand, Indonesia and Japan were invited to Austria to have 5days workshops followed by a concert. Here is its documentary video.

Workshop: October 1-5
Final concert: Sunday, October 7, 11 a.m., Klangraum Krems Minorite Church

Shin Nakagawa (JAP): gamelan
Makoto Nomura (JAP): composer, gamelan
Shin Sakuma (JAP): Javanese dance
Yukihiro Nomura (JAP): film, art historian
Anant Narkkong (Thai): composer, piphat
Johanes Subowo (Indon): dance, gamelan

Musicians, dancers, artists and scientists from Japan, Indonesia and Thailand founded I-Picnic as an ensemble for improvisation in 2004. The ensemble relies on the East Asian music culture’s affluence of improvisation, represented by the multinational members of the group, yet it also opens up to Western experimental music. In Krems from October 1 to 7, I-Picnic directs a workshop in four different groups: music high school students, students in special needs, primary school students, and adult members of the socio-culturally orientated club “Fund und Küste” in Krems/Stein. The work of I-Picnic is both based on the Zen-Buddhist philosophy and on the ideals and aesthetics of John Cage. I-Picnic works with people of different social background and origin, educated or uneducated, young or old, amateurish or professional, in any spatial or social situation. I-Picnic does not intend to teach; it is rather about the discovery and exposition of individual talents and skills, the central concept being “respect”. The collective sound research project with its four groups in Krems uses the most diverse collection of instruments: the classical gamelan, every-day sound tool findings, as well as European and self-made instruments. For one whole week, it is all about researching, composing, improvising, and also documenting the process on film—the results are collected and presented to an audience in a concert on October 7.