Although Dai Fujikura was born in Osaka, he has now spent more than 20 years in the UK where he studied composition with Edwin Roxburgh, Daryl Runswick and George Benjamin. During the last decade he has been the recipient of numerous prizes, including the Huddersfield Festival Young Composers Award and a Royal Philharmonic Society Award in UK, Internationaler Wiener Composition Prize, the Paul Hindemith Prize in Austria and Germany respectively and both the OTAKA and Akutagawa awards in 2009.
Dai Fujikura is published by G Ricordi & Co, Berlin – part of Universal Music Publishing Classical.
Papaver was commissioned by ECHO – the European Concert Hall Organisation – with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union to commemorate the centenary of the start of World War One.
It is another collaborative work with poet Harry Ross, who I have made many works together. Using the same methodology as usual, I composed and Harry wrote text simultaneously, most of the time in the same room, like a rock band making a song together in the studio (back when there was a studio budget, in the good old days!).
I know I had whispering voices at the beginning, a haunting harmony, the kind of voice you might hear from the grave yard (and I live in front of one of the biggest cemeteries in London), and Harry immediately thought it was a good idea if we used the actual name of the cemeteries which are in Northern France. Dai Fujikura
For mixed choir Papaver was premiered as part of Body of Song on 9th November 2015 at the Sage Gateshead which included Custom Voices, Human Music, Voices of Hope, the Chorus of Royal Northern Sinfonia and Sage Gateshead’s own youth choir Quay Voices.
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