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[Streaming] Gramophone Concert “Jazz Summit (86) – In Memoriam Junior Mance”

April 5, 2021

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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) March 15, 2021 — April 14, 2021
Location Other campuses/off-campus
Venue It is streamed on the following page.

[Streaming] Gramophone Concert “Jazz Summit (86) – In Memoriam Junior Mance” - INTERMEDIATHEQUE
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 this page.
Junior Mance, who passed away on January 17 at the age of 92, was a key pianist who played with the masters of postwar jazz. Though firmly rooted in modern jazz, his playing was infused with blues. Until he formed his own bands, he mainly recorded with remarkable tenor sax players. As an homage to his legacy, we present on original SP records his debut recordings, from 1947 to his sessions with Dinah Washington.


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.


[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)
 
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