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[Streaming] Gramophone Concert “Jazz Summit (72) – The Protean Queen of the Piano”

July 3, 2020

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Event Type Other
Intended for General public / Enrolled students / Applying students / International students / Alumni / Companies / Elementary school students / Junior high school students / High school students / University students / Academic and Administrative Staff
Date(s) June 15, 2020 — July 14, 2020
Location Other campuses/off-campus
Venue [Organization] The University Museum, the University of Tokyo
[Cooperation] Hideki Umeda + Mac Sugisaki
[Program Conception] Intermediatheque Department, The University Museum, the University of Tokyo (UMUT)

To prevent the further spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we are streaming the gramophone concert on our page.
Entrance Fee No charge
Registration Method No advance registration required
Contact +81-47-316-2772 / From Japan: 050-5541-8600 (NTT Hello Dial Service)
A cycle of gramophone concerts is regularly held within the lecture theatre ACADEMIA of the Intermediatheque. This concert series focuses on the Satoshi Yuze record collection, from which we select famous 1920-1940s jazz recordings. We play them on the illustrious E.M.G. Mark IX and other gramophones, in order to share a quality of sound which has now vanished from public spaces.
To prevent the further spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we are streaming the gramophone concert on our page below.

[Streaming] Gramophone Concert “Jazz Summit (72) – The Protean Queen of the Piano” - INTERMEDIATHEQUE


Hazel Scott, born in Trinidad and Tobago in 1920, was a musical child prodigy. Educated in classical piano, she debuted on radio and in revues, achieving early recognition as a singer, actress and television personality, while also contributing as a civil activist. Her polyvalent presence as an African American woman was a revolution in the American media. Scott’s virtuosity in playing any style on the piano was most effective in providing jazz arrangements of classical works. As stated by the title of her 1941 debut album, she made the classics swing. From her first studio recording to her postwar solos, we will retrace her varied output on original SPs.

On the Cycle of Gramophone Concerts
“Gramophone”, “Phonograph”, “Graphophone”, “Zonophone”… After the invention and diffusion of a mechanical system capable of recording and playing back sound, it took several decades before the terminology designating this device took root. It is said that meanwhile, the perplexity of people discovering this enigmatic piece of furniture emitting wonderful sounds was beyond imagination, ranging from curiosity to fear. However, with the generalization of LPs, CDs and digital audio files, gramophones have fallen out of use, and those remaining in museums simply exist as exhibition items. This concert series aims at activating the gramophone again as a playback device, in order to appreciate its possibilities anew.
The University Museum, the University of Tokyo holds various gramophones in its collections. These gramophones will play a wide range of music, and various types of records. Among them, a most precious source of music is the Satoshi Yuze collection, donated to the University Museum in 2012. This private record collection, focusing on jazz music, contains ten thousand SP records. By playing on luxurious gramophones the collection constituted by Satoshi Yuze, which is the work of a lifetime, we will not only introduce rare recordings, but we will also share the quality and deepness of a sound lost with the advent of the digital era. In the age of digital streaming, by getting together within the Intermediatheque lecture theatre and experiencing musical gatherings from another era, we intend to develop the museum space into a site for synaesthesia.
 

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