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Kento Iwasaki is a composer, koto player, and improviser who draws upon the dialogue between traditional foundations and the present day to create a unique language that looks to the future while affirming the past.

 

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Intro


Kento Iwasaki is a composer, koto player, and improviser who draws upon the dialogue between traditional foundations and the present day to create a unique language that looks to the future while affirming the past.

 

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KENTO IWASAKI

There is a distinct flavor to his compositional work that both challenges the listener with its technical virtuosity, yet draws one in with melody and simplicity. A seasoned performer both on stage and off, Kento’s stage presence is like that of a spider spinning its web, haunting yet beautiful in its presentation.

Known for pushing the envelope when it comes to style, yet also firmly grounded in the classics, Kento knows what he wants to say and how to say it to a variety of audiences. His body of work is continually changing and growing, from his early electronica roots, to more avant garde modern pieces, fugues to traditional Japanese works, he keeps his horizons broad to ensure he has the vocabulary necessary to express such deep experiences of emotion.

Having moved often, Kento didn't have a sense of coming from just one culture.  As a result, he felt a longing to interact with many cultures and was inspired to study how music integrated itself into the whole of a culture; the customs, language, and way of being.

His musical upbringing led to seeing music as another way to communicate, as powerful as the spoken word. He began to collaborate, synthesizing different mediums and cultural influences, to become a translator for the medium of music. He continues to write and perform music, committing to the breadth of expression available in the realm of feeling deeply through sound.

 

 

Kento is the composer and music director of Opera-tunity, a children’s opera company that annually creates and performs new children’s operas in the West Haven school district. He was the composer of JYOU EN, a Yukio Mishima-inspired dance drama set in the Edo period, produced by unShout the Noise and performed in the Theatre of the New City. Kento is also the co-founder of the Traveling Opera Company, which staged its first production Beloved Prey, a 6-musician portable opera that combines Japanese and European traditional sensibilities in an immersive yet economic production. The project made an appearance on Fox 5 New York during the project's preview at Flushing Town Hall. 

Photography courtesy of Adam Wamsley

 
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Danielpour


 

"Kento has shown in every way a natural affinity for dramatic music - music for the theater."

- Richard Danielpour, Composer

Danielpour


 

"Kento has shown in every way a natural affinity for dramatic music - music for the theater."

- Richard Danielpour, Composer

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Norman


"Kento is a really special composer as well as a totally outstanding player on his instrument, the koto - which he makes sound almost like a western harp, whilst never losing its Japanese character at all."

- Sir Norman Rosenthal, Art Historian & Author

 

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Norman


"Kento is a really special composer as well as a totally outstanding player on his instrument, the koto - which he makes sound almost like a western harp, whilst never losing its Japanese character at all."

- Sir Norman Rosenthal, Art Historian & Author

 

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