Author:飯塚直 Nao Iizuka
Nao Iizuka / Recorder(blockflöte) and Vocals
Specialising in music of Western Europe from 11th – 18th Century, and educated at Toho-gakuen college of music, Nao began building her music career based on dance tunes from the renaissance period. This lead to her developing her own individual performance style of playing & singing while doing original renaissance style dance steps.
Nao now plays tunes that are mixed with Classical, Latin, Central & Eastern European Traditional Folk and even Jazz, however, her style of play is predominantly influenced by the fundamentals of Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque music.
Nao has participated in the following recordings;
“GreenSleeves”/Heihachi Nagata(Lute) and Minoru Yoshizawa(recorder) 2010 Free Bird,
“Diego Ortiz-ELEGANCIA DE ORNAMENTATION EN RENACIMENTO-RECERCADAS Y LITURGICA”/Masako Hirao(viola da gamba)2010ALM,
“New Perspective on BACH”/Genzoh Takehisa(piano forte) and Harmonia Inventor 2012ALM etc..
Nao has been on a variety of NHK TV program specials and education related broadcast content.
Nao often composes music for theatre plays, performing a variety of skills including vocals, recorder, percussion and acting and has actively participated in the following theatre shows
“Twelfth Night”/ W.Shakspeare 2010, “The Cherry Orchard(of 24 address)”/A.P.Chekhov 2017 , produced by theatre cocoon and Kazuyoshi Kushida,
“K.Faust”/ J.W.Goethe 2011, “K.Tempest”/W.Shakspeare 2014&2016, “Bílá nemoc”/K.Čapek 2018, produced by Matsumoto performing arts centre and Kanagawa arts centre and Kazuyoshi Kushida,
”the pictures of Paul Klee”2017, “Ikkyu and Jigoku-Dayu” 2018/Masahide Ishikura produced by theatre akatsuki, and many other productions.
Nao also plays improvisational music with contemporary dancers, video artists and story tellers and utilises her skills to produce concerts for young families (toddlers) combining music, sounds, drawing, dance, and skits.
Recent efforts have included
“Rhythm & Baroque”(w/Tomoko Teramura,Harpsichord) and “The Recorder trio”(w/Hisao Fukushima,guitar & Kosmas Kapitza,percussion) , “
LASWARDS”(w/Nobo Carlos Gonta, classic guitar) and “the Authentics!”(w/Alan Patton,accordion&vocal).
Nao's workshops are popular among directors and actors where together they leverage the performer’s vocals, instruments, surrounding environment, ambient sounds and other influences to create primitive yet entertaining freeform music and performances. Nao enjoys this work with theatre actors and directors of theatre as it extends her range yet takes advantage of her full skillset.
Nao has also released her own albums
“Oto-Shashin-cho” 2014, and “Nao-Ryu” 2015.