Death Metal Rock With Head Bang


I was born in a village in Konko in the Okayama province of Japan, the baby of a fortune teller. As a child, I was fascinated by the mysterious rituals and secret ceremonies of the village shaman - they made music with natural objects such as rocks and water like Chinese composer Tan Dun. I was sent to work as a child priest on the Konko commune with my family, where I joined a choir of commune residents and learned to play traditional Japanese instruments such as Shakuhachi and Shamisen. This chamber music is based on a memory of my shaman village; I listened to primitive and powerful shaman music throughout my childhood. After moving to Europe, I started to import the magical power of shaman into death metal rock music such as the Swedish band Necrophobic. Here, woodwind players double on portable percussion, just as sharmans did. They play with sudden sharp movements, exaggerate the fine gradations of timbre and emphasize the extremes of dynamic and phrasing. For flute and clarinet, the piece includes a combination of monotonic lines and melodic lines. The effect of one sound over another creates the sounds of a shaman, in which its various lines appear and disappear. Those shamanistic sounds represent the "delightful life - after the death"; the "delightful life" then vanishes in the breath of a deep silence, a breath which emanates from an invisible faraway world.

(c) Hikari Kiyama

Hikari Kiyama JP/BE

Hikari Kiyama, born 1983 in Okayama, is a Japanese contemporary music composer. He studied at the Tokyo College of Music, the Koninklijk Conservatorium in The Hague and the Conservatory of Bergen. His teachers include Minoru Miki, Louis Andriessen, Daniel Capelletti, Carlo Forlivesi and Claude Ledoux. Kiyama has been awarded by the Associazione Musici Moianesi, the Intenrational Ensemblia Composition Competition in Mönchengladbach in 2009, the 2007 International Young Composers Meeting and was awarded the Prix de la ville de Boulogne-Billancourt. He has three times been nominated for the Gaudeamus prize: in 2006, 2007 and 2008 was a finalist in The Fifth International Jurgenson Competition for Young Composers in Moscow. His music has been played at major European festivals by ensembles such as Ictus among others.

Hikari Kiyama