Notes

Collection of notes and articles, published and unpublished, along with my passing thoughts.

New Year – Hello and Good-bye

2014 was an amazing year: in January, I started the year by accompanying Ozu with one of the best benshis alive in Tokyo; in December, I concluded it with a performance as M2duo (my duo with long-time performance partner, amazingly versatile violinist and dear friend Machiko Ozawa) in New York. In between, I had probably the most number of performance engagements ever in my life, including my Canadian debut. Continue reading »

Thursday January 15th, 2015 by Makia Matsumura
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Back to Brooklyn: roots, and beyond

It was such a pleasure to return to Brooklyn Public Library’s “Silent Movie Matinee” series – last year was my first time appearing at this series, and curator Ken Gordon was kind enough to bring me back this year, not once but twice: October for some Chaplin shorts, then yesterday for Ozu’s “I WAS BORN, BUT…” Both programs were very meaningful for me in different ways. Continue reading »

Monday November 3rd, 2014 by Makia Matsumura
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Cinefest 34 Recap

Back in March, I was invited back to Cinefest 34 as one of their official accompanists. Cinefest is an annual film festival in Syracuse, NY, whose focus is on old films – silents and early talkies (you can read how it all started here). Continue reading »

Thursday May 1st, 2014 by Makia Matsumura
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Three years later

Three years have passed since the East Japan Earthquake. I am still lost for words when I try to talk about my feelings for what happened, and what’s been still happening in my motherland. I never dreamed of where we’d stand today, three years later, both personally and as a country. Continue reading »

Tuesday March 11th, 2014 by Makia Matsumura
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Kamakiri (praying mantis) for solo marimba [program notes]

“This piece is homage to the time of amazing encounters with insects and other creatures crawling about in the mud, soil, hay and dead leaves of the empty lots, to the time when I felt not only that I was a part of nature, but when I could experience the joy of paying close attention to what was in front of me, even something very small or overlooked by others – like a praying mantis.” Continue reading »

Thursday October 10th, 2013 by Makia Matsumura
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A Discussion with Film Composer and Performer Makia Matsumura [Interview]

Digital producer and writer Tom Campbell sat down with me for an interview on being a silent film pianist. Continue reading »

Wednesday September 12th, 2012 by Makia Matsumura
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Dryden Blog special feature: Interview with Makia Matsumura [Interview]

Sorry, this post is currently in Japanese only. Continue reading »

Wednesday October 19th, 2011 by Makia Matsumura
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Pordenone Masterclass 2007 [article] (Japanese only)

Sorry, this post is currently in Japanese only. (But you can enjoy the photos from my amazing trip to Pordenone, Italy, to attend the masterclass for silent film pianists during the Pordenone Silent Film Festival in 2007. :)) Continue reading »

Friday February 1st, 2008 by Makia Matsumura
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