Tessera Music Festival "atarashii-mimi"
Music Festival “Atarashii mimi” Tessera
Since 2007, a very unique music festival ”Atarashii mim” is held twice every year in Tokyo.
This music festival is directed and oriented by Japanese pianist Yumiko Meguri.
The literal translation of “Atarashii mimi” (Japanese) into English is ”New Ears”.
Meguri intended for both the musicians and audiences to explore and challenge their ears into the world of new music through open ears, mind, and heart. Thus, the naming of the festival as "Atrashii mimi".
One of the aims of the music festival is to have a platform for musicians from different genres of music to come together. Up to now, musicians from various backgrounds, such as classical, contemporary, jazz, and pop have shared their arts with audiences on the stage of the festival. Sometimes, musicians from different backgrounds also join forces to create something new and exciting together. Furthermore, there is also
classical musician who gets to play jazz with professional jazz musician, as well as jazz musician challenging themselves with classical or contemporary music. The possibility of this festival is infinite.
Another aim of this festival is to work with composers. Many composers have since premiered (World premiere and/or Japan premiere) their new works through this festival. These include the works of Yuji Takahashi, Keiko Harada, Atsuhiko Gondai, Gyula Csapo, Osamu Kawakami, and more.
Recently, internationally acclaimed musicians from abroad are also invited to share their arts and love for music in this festival. For examples, Stefan Hussong (acc) and Thomas Hell (pf). The festival intend to expand their activities internationally to create a platform that has truly no boundaries from genres.