La Mode

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La Mode 

La Mode is a concert installation work conceived and performed by Tomoko Mukaiyama with music composed by Yannis Kyriakides. It was first performed in 2016 at the opening of the National Theatre in Taichung, Taiwan, and involved a close collaboration with the architect of that iconic building Toyo Ito. The CD of La Mode recorded four years later, in June 2020, in the midst of the first Covid-19 lockdown, marks the first time the music was re-interpreted since the premiere. It was sparked off by a new version of the music, that was made into a live-stream concert in the Muziekgebouw, Amsterdam with the collaboration of cinematographer Reinier van Brummelen.
The concept of the music of La Mode is built on the juxtaposing of an intimate, almost hermetic musical world against the rhythmic drive and structures of the dance-driven music heard in the fashion industry. The two sides of fashion: the exterior one of glamour, consumerism and desire, and the interior dialogue of insecurity, distorted self-image and social alienation.

Track listing

  1. Catwalk
  2. Nocturnal
  3. Early Memory
  4. Dress Code
  5. Ito Rumba

Product details

  • Label: Tomoko 0005
  • Composer: Yannis Kyriakides
  • Release Date: 2021
  • Piano: Tomoko Mukaiyama
  • Recording date: 2&3 June 2020
  • Recording location: Robijn Concertstudio, the Netherlands
  • Sound technician: Yuji Tsutsumida
  • Instruments: Chris Maene straight Strung Concert Grand CM/284
  • Design: Simo Tse
  • Photography: Kenta Cobayashi
  • Executive production: Tomoko Mukaiyama Foundation

This CD recording was made possible with the support of the Dutch Performing Arts Fund.
With special thanks to Piano’s Maene.