SoundState: Dai Fujikura playlist

Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 08:44

Dai Fujikura is one of the most exciting contemporary composers and the UK premiere of his Flute Concerto – performed by the equally exciting Claire Chase – is set to be one of the highlights of Southbank Centre’s SoundState.

The festival takes place in January 2019, but unable to wait until then we asked the composer if he could choose five pieces of music which he considers influential to his work and his life. What follows is a suitably ecclectic, very beautiful selection of works. Listen and enjoy – and if you love what you hear, come and hear Fujikura’s work live.

Dai Fujikura at Southbank Centre's SoundState festival


David Sylvian – September

It is just a beautiful song with nice shape and orchestration. Maybe a “song” I love the most in the whole world.


Ryuichi Sakamoto – Plankton

I love all of his works, this is my favourite of his recent years. It is just very beautiful music.


Pauline Oliveros – Sound Listening

We curated this work at my festival Born Creative Festival 2018. It shows how we have to be sensitive to what sound others make with your own sound, totally peaceful environment it creates and moving at the same time.

Editor’s note: We have used “Deep Listening” here as an example, as “Sound Listening” isn’t available on Spotify.


Alvin Lucier – Sizzle

This is one of my favourite piece by Lucier, we also did this piece in a 2,000-seat symphonic hall at the Born Creative Festival this year with a gigantic organ. It shows how sound is mysterious on this earth, and it creates gorgeous sizzling sound which I can listen to for hours if possible, especially in an amazing acoustic venue.

Editor’s note: We have used “I am sitting in a room” as an example, as “Sizzle” isn’t available on Spotify.


Peter Eötvös – Tri Sestry (Three Sisters)

I love this opera, the fact it transports into the another world right from the beginning’s accordion into the three voices, drama, lyricism, texture and pacing, it is a perfect opera for me.


Dai Fujikura's Concerto for flute & ensemble receives its UK preimer as part of The Next Generation: Music of Today in our Purcell Room on Sunday 20 January.

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Southbank Centre’s SoundState takes place from Wednesday 16 – Sunday 20 January 2019.

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