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Woman of Tokyo (10​-​11)

from 52 Weeks Of Downloads by Wayne Horvitz

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Many of you already know of the iconic and brilliant work of filmmaker Yasujiro Ozu. For those who don't, his output was both prolific and profound. Many people know him best for his silent films, and Martin Scorsese cited Ozu as his favorite filmmaker. In the 2012 Sight and Sound poll, Ozu's Tokyo Story was voted the greatest film of all time by world directors.

The track today is from the score I wrote for Woman of Tokyo. Originally commissioned and presented by the NW Film Forum in Seattle, the piece has been performed a number of times since including performances at the Syracuse Film Society, the Winter Garden at the WTC in NYC, and at the Pt. Townsend Film Festival. This Sunday it will be performed at the Royal Room in Seattle and two weeks later in Bellingham presented by The Pickford. The performance will be on the campus of WSU.

This is an absolutely beautiful film, and I must say that having lived with this score for almost a decade I am still happy with it. One of the songs from the score, now titled "Waltz From Woman of Tokyo," has subsequently been recorded by Sweeter Than the Day, The Gravitas Quartet and The Westerlies. The plot is so charming, despite its tragic ending, and speaks deeply to the culture of Japan in the era it was made, but also to the pervasiveness of Western influences, and the influence of Hollywood on Ozu in this same time period.

The track here comes from a recording made with the "New York" Band after our performance at the Winter Garden. With Marty Ehrlich, Bobby Previte, Matt Moran and Rob Jost. The piece is divided into 13 sections, and this is section "10-11" It begins with a solo bass clarinet piece, followed by a waltz, with a great solo by Marty, and ends with a moment of solo piano.

I hope you enjoy the music.


from 52 Weeks Of Downloads, track released January 26, 2016


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Wayne Horvitz

Wayne Horvitz is a composer, pianist and electronic musician. In addition to his own work, he is known for his work with Butch Morris, Robin Holcomb, John Zorn, Bobby Previte, Skerik, Bill Frisell, Sara Schoenbeck, Ron Miles, Peggy Lee, and William Parker just to name a few. ... more

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