Graduate School of Human Development and Environment, Kobe University
ACADEMIC FIELD & RESEARCH
Musicology, Music Cultural History
I am interested in the social texts engraved in music and music activities, and I am researching the dialogue with history that occurs on stage. The beginning of my research career focused on the creations of Kurt Weill (1900–1950), who achieved rare success as a refugee composer and gained appreciation; later, I studied the interrelationship between musical plays and society, as well as their significance in cultural memory, in a variety of genres—from operas to Broadway musicals. In recent years, as a development from the “exile and transboundary” viewpoint in the research on Weill, I have been co-researching the history of music and culture during occupations from the “cross-border and musical cultural history dialog” perspective, while studying different cultures and social backgrounds.
Europe (German- and English-speaking regions), North America, Japan
One thing I am interested in is the past, present, and future of the society’s involvement in the scene where music works are performed. I have been observing and thinking about changes and persistence under COVID-19 conditions. The history of music and culture has been regarded as a field that also links with cultural anthropology and education. I have found this opportunity to work with you in the cultural anthropology and ethnomusicology study group to be very stimulating, and I am very excited to have dialogs with you.
- Co-authored with Carol J. Oja, in “Sounding Together” (edit. by Charles Hiroshi Garrett and Carol J. Oja), “U.S. Concert Music and Cultural Reorientation during the Occupation of Japan”, University of Michigan Press, pp. 51–81.
- Co-authored with Sachiko Hiyama, “The Threepenny Opera in Japan (1): The Threepenny Opera in its Early Days”, Bulletin of Graduate School of Human Development and Environment, Kobe University, Vol. 14, 1, pp. 37–53. [in Japanese]
- Co-authored with Katie Callam, Makiko Kimoto, Carol J, Oja, “Marian Anderson’s 1953 Concert Tour of Japan: A Transnational History,” American Music, vol. 37, No. 3, pp. 266–329. http://www.lib.kobe-u.ac.jp/handle_kernel/90008276
- “Attempts in the COVID-19 Pandemic: 120 years from the Birth of Weill and 70 years from His Death,” Mercure des Arts, No. 63. [in Japanese]
- “Things I thought During the COVID-19 Pandemic”, May 5, 2020. [in Japanese]