Sonic Tapestry IV

fashion performance (2011)
photo: Merlijn Doomernik

How many more senses are you able you to use when you listen to music?
– Tomoko Mukaiyama


For her fashion performance Sonic Tapestry IV Tomoko Mukaiyama selects music crossing four ages of piano literature history. She weaves compositions from the East and the West with improvisations into a tapestry: from fragile pieces of Schumann to dark landscapes of Merzbow/ Gondai and Somei Satoh.
Her visual counterpoint is fashion. To break the expectation of the spectators she mixes a fashion show with models and dancers who wear a selection of her own curated wardrobe of couture pieces.

Sonic Tapestry IV presents fragments of the following compositions:
J. S. Bach Das Wohltemperierte Klavier BMW 847, 848,851
William Bolcom Piano Etude – Rag infernal
Merzbow/ Atsuhiko Gondai Black Mass
Tomoko Mukaiyama KU-RO
Tomoko Mukaiyama Improvisations
Somei Satoh Incarnation Ⅱ
Robert Schumann Lotosblume Op.25, Arabesque
Salvatore Sciarrino Piano Sonata no’2
Alexandre Tansman Sonata Rustica

photo: Shinji Otani


concept, piano: Tomoko Mukaiyama
lighting design: André Pronk
sound: Frank van der Weij
styling: Tomoko Mukaiyama
make-up: Esther van der Flier


Tomoko Mukaiyama Foundation
Grand Theatre Groningen
The Musuem of Art Kochi