Wednesday 01.03.2023 19:00 — 21:30
Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, ArtLab Foyer

Movement to Sound, Sound to Movement

Rei Nakamura; Photo: Anja Limbrunner

Rei Nakamura; Photo: Anja Limbrunner

Wednesday, March 1, 7 p.m.

Performance by Rei Nakamura  followed by a panel discussion.

Since 2007 Rei Nakamura has been working on her interdisciplinary project "Movement to Sound, Sound to Movement" for piano, electronics and video. In collaboration with various composers, she pursues a new kind of performance that focuses on the relationship between the auditory and visual aspects. She has now presented over 40 pieces in this framework, three of which she will perform at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics. The discussion can directly follow on from the starting point of the whole project: What is the connection between movement and sound for the musician, and how does it present itself to the audience?


Reika Hattori – Am Fließband – Introduction – (2023) for piano, toy piano, MIDI-keyboard and tape

Stefan Prins – Piano Hero #1 (2011) for sampler keyboard and video

Klaus Lang – 6 praeludien for piano. (2011)

Reika Hattori – Am Fließband (2022) for piano, toy piano, MIDI keyboard, tape and video

Mark Barden – die Haut anderer (2008) for piano and video


Video Installations*: on display between 6:30 – 6:50 p.m.

Fernando Manassero – Cortex (2016) for piano and electronics, Film: Cortex by Adrian Schmidt (2021)

Yukiko Watanabe – Living in the box II (2013) for piano and video, Video: Knappe Berührung (2021) by Kentaro Taki

*These videos are results of the film project RE-Cycle, which was initiated by the corona lockdown. The aim was to create experimental films of the repertoire "Movement to Sound, Sound to Movement" in collaboration with film makers and video artists. It was supported by a Virtual Partner Residencies-grant of the Goethe-Institut, Music Fonds Neustart Kultur and Kultur Amt Freiburg.


Rei Nakamura (piano, leyboard)

Reika Hattori (video, light, electronics)

Holger Steinke (video, electronics)

The event will take place in the ArtLab of the Institute, Grüneburgweg 14, 60322 Frankfurt am Main. The conversation following the performance will be in English. Admission is free, registration is not required. Your contact person for questions is Christian Grüny.


Rei Nakamura has received international attention as an interpreter of contemporary music. She is particularly committed to experimental and cross-disciplinary repertoire. In 2007 she started the project Movement to Sound, Sound to Movement for piano, electronics and video: In intensive collaboration with composers* multimedia work concepts are tested and performed worldwide.

In the course of her concert activities she has performed as a soloist with the SWR Symphony Orchestra and the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin as well as at numerous festivals such as the Eclat Festival, Festival Acht Brücken, Ultraschall Berlin, Warsaw Autumn (Poland), Sound of Stockholm (Sweden), Klang Festival (Denmark) and Monday Evening Concerts (USA).

She is a pianist in the Ensemble Experimental of the SWR-Experimentalstudio Freiburg and is also frequently active in other chamber music formations. With sound artist Peter Vogel she had the improvisation duo for live electronics and prepared piano from 2003–2017.