Amongst the Powerhouse’s collection of over 500,000 objects lies a host of unusual, strange and wonderful musical instruments – lying silent and dormant in its stores.
In 2022, the Powerhouse asked renowned percussionist Midori Takada to sound some of these instruments once again in a special improvisational performance.
Breathing life into a unique ensemble of instruments such as the gong, xylophone and taiko drum, Takada crafted an intimate and powerful performance to camera – while sharing her intimate knowledge of the instruments and their histories.
Midori Takada is a composer, multi percussionist, and theatre artist renowned in Japanese vanguard circles.
Midori released two solo albums: "Through The Looking Glass" and "Tree Of Life" and wrote music for Tadashi Suzuki's theater plays. Her hypnotic, minimalist music is based in the concept of coherence between sound and the human body. She performs solo on marimba and other percussion instruments.
She debuted on the scene of Berlin Philharmonic, performing with the RIAS Symphonie-Orchester Berlin just after graduating from Tokyo University of the Arts in 1974. She continued her career with solo concerts in Japan and abroad.
In the 1980s Midori began to explore the traditional music of Asia and Africa. Her fascination resulted in joint projects with Kakraba Lobi from Ghana, Lamine Konte from Senegal, Farafina Band from Burkina Faso, and Korean musicians: zither player Chi Seong-Ja, flute player Won-Il, and saxophone player Kang Tae-Hwan. She also led Mkwaju Ensemble's innovative percussion project and still performs with free-jazz band Ton-Klami with Kang Tae-Hwan and jazz pianist Masahiko Satoh.