Keiichiro Shibuya

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Keiiechiro Shibuya

Composer, Musician. Born in 1973. BA of Composition, Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. In 2002, Shibuya has established ATAK, a music label releasing CDs of cutting-edge electro-acoustic works by various artists all over the world. His major past works are “ATAK015 for maria“, ”ATAK022 Live in Paris”, etc.

In 2012 he has staged “THE END”, the world’s first vocaloid opera combining imagery and computer music, without staring any human performers. After that, “THE END” is performed in Paris, Amsterdam, Hambrug and Aarhus. Currently, “THE END” is requested to be played by several major art festivals in the world.

Now he is based in Tokyo and Paris. He does many cross-sectional collaboration works with researchers and artists including Takashi Ikegami (professor in the Department of General Systems Sciences at the University of Tokyo), Hiroshi Ishiguro (robot scientist), Hiroshi Sugimoto (artist), Jérémie Bélingard (Étoile of Ballet of the Paris Opera).

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Keiichiro Shibuya

Compositeur et musicien électronique et acoustique, Keiichiro Shibuya crée une œuvre prolifique et protéiforme, où se mêlent haute technologie et poésie mélancolique. Son esthétique fantomatique ouvre de manière très contemporaine sur un animisme numérique.

Après la Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, il a créé en 2002 le label ATAK, collectif d’artistes qui intervient dans le champ du design et de la technologie web, etc. Il a composé des musiques de film, comme pour Memories of Origins de Hiroshi Sugimoto en 2012, et a conçu le premier opéra virtuel, The End, mis en scène au Théâtre du Châtelet.

C’est lors de sa résidence au Pavillon Neuflize OBC du Palais de Tokyo que Keiichiro a fait la rencontre de Jérémie Belingard et de Justine Emard. Tous les trois collaborant sur The Way of the Rabbit, laquelle va s’étendre pour le CosmoGarden d’Aki Kuroda auquel ils seront conviés. Ces différentes rencontres ont fait nourrir entre eux une idée de spectacle/performance mêlant leurs trois disciplines.

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Keiichiro Shibuya

Composer, Musician. Born in 1973. BA of Composition, Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. In 2002, Shibuya has established ATAK, a music label releasing CDs of cutting-edge electro-acoustic works by various artists from all over the world, and also embracing creators in various fields such as design, network technology, etc. His first solo album ‘ATAK000′, released in 2004, was praised as “a perfect work that rules over the history of electronic music” regarding its dense compositions with a drastic focus on tone and rhythm.

Up to the present day, Shibuya is continuously engaging in interdisciplinary collaborations with the likes of composer Yuji Takahashi, and complex systems researcher and professor at the University of Tokyo, Takashi Ikegami. “THE END” of 2005 rang in a particularly active period during which the unveiling of a sound installation co-produced with Ikegami at NTT Inter Communication Center [ICC], Tokyo Opera City, and a presentation/concert of the “third term music” theory of music of motion and transformation through applied non-linear physics garnered significant attention as full-blown collaborations between music and science.

In 2006, the sound installation piece ‘filmachine’ incorporating three-dimensional sound and LEDs was shown at Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media [YCAM], followed in 2007 by the release of a CD version of the same work under the title “ATAK010 filmachine phonics”, the world’s first three-dimensional audio for headphone listening featuring vertical locomotion of the audio image. The work went on to receive an Honorary mention in the Digital Music division at Ars Electronica in 2007.

In 2008, Shibuya appeared at transmediale (Berlin), the world’s largest festival for technology art, with a presentation/concert of “filmachine”, and it was commissioned by the International Association of Traffic and Safety Sciences to compose music for pedestrian traffic lights, actual road tests of which became a big topic at the time.

In 2009, he took fellow musicians Yasunao Tone, Ryoji Ikeda and Pansonic on the ATAK NIGHT4 Tour around several European and Asian countries, and back to Japan. His first piano solo album “ATAK015 for maria” was released in 2009.
followed in 2010 by the CD “Soutaisei Riron + Keiichiro Shibuya: Our Music”, a collaboration with Soutaisei Riron’ that went to No.1 in the national iTunes music store.

The rest of the year was again a busy time when Shibuya provided music for a documentary movie for Shusaku Arakawa, was invited to appear at the ISEA2010 technology art festival in Germany, played concerts with mum cellist Hildur Gudnadóttir, and was in charge of music for the TV play “Spec” that started in October.

In 2011, he took ‘filmachine’ on a tour around three locations in France, and appeared as opening act at the “LEXUS HYBRID ART” event in Moscow.

In 2012, Shibuya is also acting as the music composer for movies such as, “Seiji: Fish on Land”, “Spec: Heaven” and “Memory of Origin Hiroshi Sugimoto”, all three of which were screened almost concurrently and became highly popular. In the same year, Shibuya released four full-length CDs including these soundtracks, and produced the concert “One(X)” in celebration of the 100th anniversary of John Cage’s birth.
In that year, he released “Sacrifice Keiichiro Shibuya feat. Rina Ota”, the collaboration work “Initiation Keiichiro Shibuya + Hiroki Azuma feat. Miku Hatsune” with Hiroki Azuma.
Also in 2012 he has unveiled and staged “THE END”, the world’s first vocaloid opera combining imagery and computer music, but not starring any human performers. The performance at YCAM attracted tremendous interest.

In May 2013, he performed VOCALOID OPERA “THE END” at Bunkamura Orchard Hall, Tokyo.
“THE END” perfomance which was held at Paris Théâtre du Châtelet last November was a massive success, and receive positive critical reception. And “ATAK020 THE END” was released from Sony Music and Sony Music France.

In April, 2014, He hold the concert “ETRANSIENT” at Palais de Tokyo with Hiroshi Sugimoto who is a modern artist. Hiroshi Sugimoto published three installations at his exhibition, Keiichiro Shibuya composed the stereophonic sound for his works. In October, he hold the solo concert with a piano and the computer at Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris.

In February, 2015, he performed and demonstrated ‘Kohka loide’, a human type android developed by Hiroshi Ishiguro who is a robot scientist, at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris. In June, “THE END” was staged in Holland Festival for two days. In the concert “THE WAY OF THE RABBIT” held at the Palais de Tokyo, he collaborated as a musician with dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet. In July, he released “ATAK022 Live in Paris Keiichiro Shibuya” from Sony Classical. In September, he composed new music and was shot as a model for an famous Italian maison Ermenegildo Zegna. In November, he appeared on the stage of “Le Labyrinthe Intangible ” with dancers and contemporary artist at Theatre des Sablons Paris.

In January 2016, he performed a runway music for “PIGALLE 2016 A/W Collection” in Paris.

Shibuya had taught at Tokyo University and Tokyo University of the Arts as a part-time professor.






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