|Searching the history of music in either the eastern or western tradition will reveal no musician with curiosity as wide-ranging as that of Toru Takemitsu. He was one of the first to incorporate traditional Japanese instruments such as the biwa, shakuhachi, and sho into his pieces, and established an unassailable reputation and status on the global stage as a representative composer of the 20th century. At the same time, he demonstrated wide-ranging interests that extended to jazz and pop, and worked as a producer as well as a composer. His constant curiosity reached out from music to encompass art, movies, literature, and thought. "Visions in Time" examines Toru Takemitsu's many different facets, demonstrating how he brought vivid and rich sounds to a wide range of domains.
Takemitsu was Artistic Director of the Tokyo Opera City Cultural Foundation, and the "Toru Takemitsu: Visions in Time" exhibition is a part of the Tokyo Opera City Music-Art Project 2006, organized to commemorate the tenth anniversary of his death in 1996. The Project includes musical performances at the Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall and a series of movie showings and gallery concerts at the Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery under the title of "Takemitsu Golden Cinema Week." As well as presenting a rich and productive element of post-war Japanese culture, the exhibition gives each visitor the opportunity to discover the true image of Toru Takemitsu, an image that cannot be fully comprehended just by listening to his music.