My sharemates, who were attending an artist-in-residence in Berlin two years ago, returned to Berlin from London yesterday. I’ll meet them for the first time in two years. Really looking forward to seeing them, super!!
The solo exhibition currently being held at the cafe is likely to end at the end of July. I was very happy to be able to exhibit it for almost half a year. The schedule for the next exhibition is undecided, but I’d be happy if something was decided. Few days ago, I started to make a new cubed work “Autumn”. This time I’ll record the work process in videos and photos. At first glance, seems that it doesn’t look like a painting because it’s too detailed, so I think it would be better to shoot it. I decided its design by myself , but it’s a work that takes a lot of time to make, how hard it is… but it’s also fun:)
440Hz is standard for modern pianos, but my piano has a setting of 415Hz, which is a semitone lower. Until today I haven’t noticed that it’s a semitone lower because I don’t have perfect pitch:p The tuner told me that if I set it to 440Hz, the strings could break, so it may be that the piano was originally made at 415Hz and was maintained it for a long period. The standard pitch in the Baroque era is 415Hz, but my piano is maybe not so old. However, the era from Bach to Debussy, they are generally composed in classical tunes, and 415Hz seems to be suitable for playing their songs beautifully. I started reading Tchaikovsky’s songs last week, I’ll do my best to practice so that I can play it beautifully.
In the process of inheriting traditional Japanese culture and martial arts, there is the word “shuhari”. The first step is to learn traditions and forms (keep; Syu), then the second step to apply and improve the forms (break; Ha), and the third step to become independent and create the new forms (separation; Ri). I feel that I have finally found the “Ri” in my Japanese painting. When I was in Japan, I was mainly learning from a teacher who makes Japanese paintings with academic techniques, so I also started by making academic (?) works. However, the subject I wanted to paint gradually changed, and I started searching for my own expressions for Japanese painting, but I was straying because I couldn’t find a clear uniqueness. Since I came to Germany, I have been able to break the common sense of Japanese painting that I was trapped in by interacting with a lot of free art and people, and now I am enjoying making works very much. I’ll continue to pursue my original Japanese painting art 🙂
A new cubed work was completed. Previous theme was spring and this one is summer. I expressed the color of scenery becoming vivid by summer’s sunshine. While making I always listen some music via YouTube, and this time I was into the play by pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii. His piano has no quirks and the sound is really beautiful, so it touches my heart. It’s wonderful to be able to impress people with beautiful sounds. I also aim to be an artist who can impress people with beautiful works:)
White asparagus is the seasonal vegetable in spring in Germany. I bought it and tried to cook it, but I didn’t know the standard German seasoning, so I grilled it in butter and soy sauce. It was tasty good:) But next time I’m going to try German-style seasoning (maybe cream taste??).
I made my debut as a piano teacher from today (Btw, when I was a college student, I sometimes taught instead of my piano teacher). My friend’s daughter was looking for a piano teacher, and she came to learn it immediately because she got interested in my piano. She wants to be a singer and be able to sing while playing the piano. Her singing voice is very beautiful and she has good ears and the sense of sound, so I’m sure she will improve quickly. And also, for me, it’s good opportunity to re-study the fundamentals of the piano by teaching her it, it’s thankful. And I’ll learn music terms in English and German from now on, it’s exciting🎼
I had the piano tuned and repaired today. The sound became very clear and beautiful by carefully fixing the parts where the strings became loose and sounded like a harpsichord and the parts where there was a strange noise. A tuner said the loudness of the sound can only be reduced by placing a blanket or other cloth inside or behind it. Seems that this piano is over 100 years old, but it produces a beautiful sound that doesn’t feel that old at all. I bet many owners have changed between 100 years, and now I own it, this encounter is wonderfull. I want to cherish to use it:)
The piano will finally be transported to my place tomorrow. I’m really looking forward to it! However, the tuning and repair will be done next week because the pitch is out of sync and the parts connecting the lowest note hammer and the strings is broken. Also, the piano has a very gorgeous sound, but the range of ff to pp is narrow and it’s difficult to do subtle expressions as it is, so I want a piano tuner to adjust it 🙂
I’ve been looking for a used piano for the past two weeks, but I’ve had a difficult time because a timing with the piano provider didn’t fit and so on. But I decided to buy the piano of the one I visited today! I have been practicing by going to the piano practice room every week since October of last year, but since my toes were injured, I couldn’t go because my range of activity was restricted. In the case of musical instruments, it’s really difficult to regain the original movement because the fingers deteriorate significantly with occasional practice. However I can play it everyday from now on 🎹 The piano that I started at the age of 5 is my lifework 🙂