Max Summer School in Geidai 2020
Suguru Goto

Suguru Goto / 後藤 英

“A journey to the boundaries of sound with human sensitivity. This is the near future, between science fiction and reality, towards which Suguru Goto, a leading exponent of the new generation of Japanese experimental artist that has made an important contribution to the world.”
From the catalog of Venice Biennale 2009

“The speed of the technological evolution is another challenge. When the artist will have explored an interactive phenomenon, developed an idea of performance, and surmounted all technological obstacles, the invention may already be superseded by a new process. It is surprising to see Japanese Suguro Goto offer a room with this direct link.”
From the magazine « Dancer » (2009.9) in France

Suguru Goto is a media artist, an inventor and a performer and he is considered one of the most innovative and the mouthpiece of a new generation of Japanese artists. He is highly connected to technical experimentation in the artistic field and to the extension of the existing potentialities in the relation man-machine. In his works the new technologies mix up in interactive installations and experimental performances; he is the one who invented the so called virtual music instruments, able to create an interface for the communication between human movements and the computer, where sound and video image are controlled by virtual music instruments in real-time through computers.

He has been internationally active and has received numerous prizes and fellowships, such as Koussevitzky Prize, BSO fellowships, the first prize at the Marzena, Berliner Kompositionaufträge, a prize by the IMC International Rostrum of Composers in UNESCO, Paris, DIRECAM, French Cultural Minister, Music Theater Award 2008 in Berlin, "OFQJ-dance and new technology prize" at Bains Numérique #4, International Festival of digital art of Enghein-Les-Bains, in France, in 2009, Electronic Sonority Honor Award Prize, FILE PRIX LUX, in Brazil, in 2010, the winner of the Action Sharing 2, in Italy, in 2011, the 2nd prize in the 2013 KAO International Kinetic Art Competition, Prix Ars Electronica 2013 Digital Musics & Sound Art | Honorary Mention and so on. His works have been performed in major festivals, such as Resonaces/IRCAM, Sonar, ICC, Haus der Kultures der Welt, ISEA, NIME, AV Festival, STRP Festival 2009, Venice Biennale, etc.

In 2016, his book “Emprise” is published from StyleNote publishing, in Tokyo. At the same year, his CD “CsO” is published from Athor Harmonics, in Tokyo.
Masahiro Miwa

Masahiro Miwa / 三輪 眞弘

Masahiro Miwa, born in 1958, is a Japanese composer.

Studied composition at the Berlin University of the Arts and the Robert Schumann Hochschule. He is currently a professor at the Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Sciences (IAMAS). He has composed many works by the algorithmic composition method on computer. Among his compositions are the opera The New Era and the orchestral piece Bolero by Muramatsu Gear Engine.

Recent publications include Miwa Masahiro Ongaku Geijutsu -- Zenshiko 1998-2010 (The Musical Art of Miwa Masahiro: Complete Thoughts 1998-2010; Artes Publishing, 2010) and the CD Muramatsu Gear (Le Sacre du Printemps; 2012).

Miwa has been the recipient of many awards for his work, including: the Hambacher Prize (Germany, 1985); the Irino Prize (Japan, 1989); second prize in the Music Today Composition Contest (Japan, 1991); first prize in the Concorso Internationale Luigi Russoro (Italy, 1992); the Muramatsu Award (Japan, 1995); the Akutagawa Award for Music Composition (Japan, 2004) and Prix Ars Electronica (Golden Nica) in Digital Musics & Sound Arts (2007 Austria).

He is also active in events and lectures as a member of the composition cooperative Formant Brothers.
Satoshi Fukushima

Satoshi Fukushima / 福島 諭

He was born in 1977. Japanese composer.
He graduated from Niigata University's Faculty of Education, where he was trained to teach special subjects (music).
He received his M.F.A. in Media Expression from the Institute of Advanced Media Arts andSciences (IAMAS).

Since 2002, he has been creating compositions based on real-time computer processing and interactive relationships with performers.
He is also a member of the band Mimiz, which experiments with improvisation and computer-based sessions of its own.
In 2008, he began to actively compose chamber music series with Junichi Hamaji. Among them, "an object of metamorphose", an exchange-type collaborative composition, was started on New Year's Day 2009 and is still in progress.
Some of his previous compositions have been written by himself in his own score with detailed commentary and formatting. He continues to reflect on the description of time and how it is played.
The CD "Satoshi Fukushima: Chamber Music 2011-2015" was released on G.F.G.S. label in 2016.

He is a member of the Japan Electronic Music Association. Studied composition under Masahiro Miwa.

Some of the major awards he's been associated with are
Mimiz: 2006 ARS ELECTRONICA 2006 Digital Music Honorary Mention
Satoshi Fukushima: 2006 The First AAC Sound Performance Dojo Award for Excellence
Satoshi Fukushima: The 6th JFC Composition Award 2011, Honorable Mention
Junichi Hamaji + Satoshi Fukushima: The 17th Japan Media Arts Festival 2013, Art Division, Jury Recommended Work
Satoshi Fukushima: 2014 Japan Media Arts Festival, Excellence Award, Art Division
Satoshi Fukushima: Honorable mention in the 2017 Ryuichi Sakamoto Installation Music Contest

Sumihisa Arima

Photo: Saya Nishida

Sumihisa Arima / 有馬 純寿

Born in 1965. Developed wide ranged activities including noise music, electronica and the Contemporary music utilizing the computer and electronics, performs both in Japan and Europe. His ways of presentations are also diversified such as sound installations, live performances and CD releases.