YAMABE Koji(Japan)
Born in Gunma in 1990. He graduated from Kunitachi College of Music and completed the master's program in composition at the Graduate School of Music. He studied composition under Keiichi Morigaki and Toshiya Watanabe. He was selected for the 26th Sogakudo Japanese Lied Competition (composition category).
He is a Shibukawa Art Rela 2022 residence artist. He runs and teaches Musica Cupido Music School. He is a member of The Japan Federation of Composers Inc.
Unemployment - homage to Louis Andriessen
The stories about unemployment are depicted in the composition. They are "About unemployment insurance", "Getting music job leads to unemployment" and "Gap of the musicality causes unit breaking up". Some of them are true stories of mine. Along composing, I found the characters in my works have something in common with those of the works and thoughts of Dutch composer, Louis Andriessen. It is possible that I followed his steps unconsciously. Still sometimes trying to keep a proper distance and sometimes going along with him, composing this piece was biggest challenge for me.