Heavy Requiem – Buddhist Chant: Shomyo + Electronics

Keiichiro Shibuya (JP), Eizen Fujiwara (JP), Justine Emard (FR)

Sat Sep 7, 2019, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
All times are given in Central European Summer Time (CEST / UTC +2).
St. Florian Monastery, Basilika

Keiichiro Shibuya is a composer and musician based in Tokyo and Paris. He is collaborating across various disciplinary fields, producing work with scientists, visual artists and dancers.

The Japanese Buddhist chant form known as shomyo has a 1200-year history, ranking it together with the West’s Gregorian chant as one of the genre’s oldest living forms.

This will be a unique collaborative performance of integrated electronic and traditional Buddhist music.


Project Credits:

  • Shomyo (chanting of Buddhist priests): Eizen Fujiwara
  • Computer, electronics: Keiichiro Shibuya 
  • Visualization: Justine Emard 


Keiichiro Shibuya is a composer and musician born in 1973, and currently based in Tokyo and Paris. He has a B.A. in Music Composition from Tokyo University of the Arts. In 2002, Shibuya established ATAK, a music label for cutting-edge electroacoustic work by various, global artists. He has produced a great amount of work, including film scores, sound installations, etc. In 2012, he released ˟The End˟, the first vocaroid opera where no humans were staged, at YCAM. First performed in the Théâtre du Chatelet in Paris, it has been since been shown all over the world. He has collaborated with specialists and researchers from many other disciplines, such as Hiroshi Sugimoto(artist) and Hiroshi Ishiguro(robot scientist)at Palais de Tokyo; Jeremie Belingard (dancer/actor) at Palais Garnier, etc. Over the past 15 years, he has developed noise and stereophonic sound with artificial life scientist Takashi Ikegami. 

Eizen Fujiwara was born in 1960. He is a performer of the Buddhist chanting known as ˟shomyo˟ which he started learning at 18. One year later, he had apprenticed himself to Zenkyo Nakagawa and Motoyuki Miyajima, Buddhist priests of the highest order and masters of the form. By age 42, he had attained full mastery in Nanzan-Shinryu Shomyo. He has since given lectures on shomyo in various places and trained Buddhist monks in the craft. He has also released written works, as well as performed many concerts at home and abroad, and collaborated with numerous artists. 

Justine Emard is a French visual artist. She lives and works in Paris. Her work explores the new relationships that are being established between our lives and technology. By combining different image media – from photography to video and virtual reality – she situates her work at the crossroads between robotics, objects, live 3D prints, organic life and artificial intelligence. Since 2011, she had solo shows in France, South Korea, Japan, Colombia, Sweden and Italy. She also participated in group shows at the Moscow Biennale of contemporary art, the NRW Forum (Dusseldorf), the National Museum of Singapore, the Cité des Arts (La Réunion island), the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, the institute Itaú Cultural (São Paulo), the Cinémathèque Québécoise (Montréal), the Mori Art Museum (Tokyo) and the Barbican Center (London).