Michiko Ogawa

In late 2017 Michiko Ogawa and Sam Dunscombe proposed a Liquid Architecture program dedicated to the work of maverick Japanese composer and musician Teiji Ito, best known for his legendary collaborations with filmmaker Maya Deren. Ogawa was close to completing her doctorate on Ito at University of California San Diego conducting important research in his archives at The New York Public Library, New York Filmmakers Coop, and the Maya Deren Estate. Ogawa’s proposal was to stage a live performance of Ito’s music for film using transcriptions and notations that she had produced over the course of her research. Together, we approached Brisbane International Film Festival, and in October 2018 Teiji Ito : Music for Film took place in the cinema at Gallery of Modern Art with an ensemble including Ogawa and Dunscombe with Nat Grant, Kaylie Melville, Sam Pankhurst, James Rushford and Kim Tan performing to 16mm film prints borrowed from the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia. The piece below is a first hand account of Ogawa’s research journey into the remarkable and under-appreciated world of Teiji Ito, presented alongside the recordings of his music performed in 2018.