The Duo

Duo Ueda Offermans
The Duo Ueda Offermans of Japanese singer and performer of satsuma-biwa Junko Ueda and Dutch flutist/composer Wil Offermans has performed with great success all around the globe. The music of the duo explores the sound of extended flute techniques (like circular breathing, bamboo tones, harmonics, multiphonics), the particular sound of biwa and the voice based on the Japanese traditional singing. Via their compositions and improvisations, the duo cultivates their music in the field where different cultures meet and create an identity between ancient and modern, oriental and occidental. The concert program of the duo includes each solo performance presenting Japanese traditional biwa music and flute solo compositions, and duo performance performing own compositions including “How to Survive in Paradise II”; “Genji-Monogatari & Lorca - Gacela Del Amor Desesperado”; “Dejima Suite”; improvisation and pieces by Tôru Takemitsu including “November Steps Cadenza”. Some of their pieces involve live-electronics.

How to Survive in Paradise II images a science-fictional paradise, where a pleasant, lush and peaceful life, in harmony with nature, is gradually eroded by mankind, its actions, restlessness and curiosity.

During the last years, the duo has appeared at numerous music festivals (e.g. Musique Action Nancy, Singapore Festival of Arts, Quebec Summer Festival, New Music Festival Middelburg, Musica Contenporena Bogota) and has toured extensively in Europe, North and South America and Asia. After various solo productions, their duo CD titled “How to Survive in Paradise” (VDE-Gallo CD732) and “Dejima Suite” (E-records CDE011) were released.

Concert Program Video

Duo Ueda Offermans video

Concert Program Video

Duo Concerts in the Past

  • Palais des Beaux Arts - Brussels - Belgium
  • Japanese Embassy auditorium - Brussels - Belgium
  • St.Logos - Gent - Belgium
  • 't Spiegelhof - Grimbergen - Belgium
  • CC Soumagne - Salle de Melen - Soumagne - Belgium
  • Great George Gallery - Charlottetown PEI - Canada
  • Gallery Connexion - Fredericton NB - Canada
  • Centre for the Art Tapes/ Wood Church - Halifax NS - Canada
  • Galerie Sans Nom - Moncton NB - Canada
  • Theatre La Chapelle / Traquen'art - Montreal QB - Canada
  • Gallery 101 - Ottawa QBC - Canada
  • Festival d'été de Québec (Museé du Québec) - Québec QBC - Canada
  • Obscure - Quebec QBC - Canada
  • East Vancouver Cultural Centre - Vancouver BC - Canada
  • Time Flies Festival - Vancouver BC - Canada
  • Western Front - Vancouver BC - Canada
  • Open Space - Victoria BC - Canada
  • Festival de Musica Contemporanea (Auditorio Leon de Greiff) - Bogota - Colombia
  • Gimnasio Moderno - Bogota - Colombia
  • International Summer Academy of Music - Nice - France
  • City de la Musique - Marseilles - France
  • Grand Palais (auditorium) - Paris - France
  • Musique Action 1990 - Vandoevre-Les-Nancy - France
  • Abbey St. Michel de Grandmont - France
  • Abbey Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul in Caunes Minervois - France
  • Eglise Ntre Dame de Riquer - Catllar - France
  • Eglise de St. Julien - Olargues - France
  • Eglies St. Roch - Maury - France
  • Music Loft - Aachen - Germany
  • Freunde Guter Musik - Berlin - Germany
  • Dresdener Zentrum fur zeitgenossische Musik - Dresden - Germany
  • Stadtische Galerie im Rathauspark Gladbeck - Gladbeck - Germany
  • Hamburger Konservatorium - Hamburg - Germany
  • Museum fur Volkerkunde - Hamburg - Germany
  • Gustav-Lübcke Museum / Japan Institute - Hamm - Germany
  • Galerie Esplanade - Hannover - Germany
  • Aula Der Alten Nikolaischule - Leipzig - Germany
  • Wasserturm - Meerbusch - Germany
  • Linden-Museum Wannersaal - Stuttgart - Germany
  • Provadja Theater - Alkmaar - Holland
  • Schouwburg De Vest - Alkmaar - Holland
  • Almere Stadhuis - Almere - Holland
  • International Composers Workshop Gaudeamus - Amsterdam - Holland
  • Nederlands Filmmuseum - Amsterdam - Holland
  • Nemo (newMetropolis) - Amsterdam - Holland
  • St. Japan-Netherlands CC - Amsterdam - Holland
  • Stedelijk Museum - Amsterdam - Holland
  • Van Reekum Museum - Apeldoorn - Holland
  • Festival Nieuwe Muziek Gelderland - Arnhem - Holland
  • Prinsenhof - Delft - Holland
  • 't Hof (Statenhal) - Dordrecht - Holland
  • Apollohuis - Eindhoven - Holland
  • Stichting AXES - Eindhoven - Holland
  • Eem Hoge der A6 - Groningen - Holland
  • Podium Winschoterkade - Groningen - Holland
  • Stadhuis Gravenzaal - Haarlem - Holland
  • Oude Kerkje - Kortenhoef - Holland
  • Lösstheater - Maastricht - Holland
  • Kloveniersdoelen - Middelburg - Holland
  • O 42 - Nijmegen - Holland
  • De Evenaar - Rotterdam - Holland
  • Dodorama - Rotterdam - Holland
  • Museum Boymans- Van Beuningen - Rotterdam - Holland
  • CC De Stoep - Spijkenisse - Holland
  • Brabants Conservatory - Tilburg - Holland
  • Stadsschouwburg Tilburg - Tilburg - Holland
  • Bijenkorf - Utrecht - Holland
  • Kunsthuis 13 - Velp - Holland
  • Museum Van Bommel-Van Dam - Venlo - Holland
  • CC.Vleuten - De Meern - Vleuten - Holland
  • Papenstraattheater - Zwolle - Holland
  • Ijsbreker - Amsterdam - Holland
  • Schunck* - Heerlen - Holland
  • Hong Kong University - Hong Kong Island - Hong Kong
  • The Fringe Club - Hong Kong Island - Hong Kong
  • Chinese University of Hong Kong - Satin - Hong Kong
  • PPKIP / Alliance Francaise - Bandung - Indonesia
  • Arena Theatre, TIM - Jakarta - Indonesia
  • Erasmushuis - Jakarta - Indonesia
  • Tebet Theatre - Jakarta - Indonesia
  • The Stage - Jakarta - Indonesia
  • Yayasan Musik Laras - Surabaya - Indonesia
  • Puri Artha - Yogyakarta - Indonesia
  • Acquario Romano - Roma - Italy
  • Pomeriggi di Musica Nuova / Teatro Juvarra - Torino - Italy
  • Mantica Festival - Cesena - Italy
  • National Conservatory of Athens - Athens - Greece
  • Japanese Embassy auditorium - Athens - Greece
  • Arkas Concert Hall - Sasebo - Japan
  • Enmeiji-Temple - Aoto,Tokyo - Japan
  • Senryu-shuzo Sake Factory - Emukae - Japan
  • Higashi Tagawa Cultural Centre, Meiji Hall - Fujishima, Yamagata - Japan
  • Nameri Takeda Gallery - Fukuoka - Japan
  • Fukuman-ji Temple - Himosashi - Japan
  • Hirado Hokubu cultural Centre - Hirado - Japan
  • Saikyô-ji Temple - Hirado - Japan
  • Iki-Deai-no-mura Gallery - Iki, Nagasaki - Japan
  • Taiki-ken - Ikitsuki - Japan
  • Kawatana Concert Hall - Kawatana - Japan
  • Kobe Earthquake Support concert, Fujiwaradai Temporary Housing - Kobe - Japan
  • Daimyo-ji Temple concert - Kyoto - Japan
  • Hoshika Chomin Center - Matsuura - Japan
  • Bekkou-Kaikan Hall - Nagasaki - Japan
  • NBC TV - Nagasaki - Japan
  • NIB Dejima Hall - Nagasaki - Japan
  • Kofuku-ji Chinese Temple - Nagasaki - Japan
  • Yui-no-ie auditorium (Gallery Shimada) - Nagato, Yamaguchi - Japan
  • Nagayo Komin-kan Hall - Nagayo - Japan
  • Jokei-ji Temple - Nara - Japan
  • New Public Hall - Nara - Japan
  • Bizen Art Festival - Okayama - Japan
  • Ookawa Vinegar Factory - Ookawa, Saga - Japan
  • Romanische Cafe - Roppongi, Tokyo - Japan
  • NBC Radio Saga - Saga - Japan
  • Komiya Zakkicho - Sagamihara, Kanagawa - Japan
  • Sakura Concert Hall - Sakura-city, Chiba - Japan
  • Chôon-in Temple - Shikamachi, Nagasaki - Japan
  • Hayamegawa Gallery - Shimabara - Japan
  • Takaishi Studio - Soka, Saitama - Japan
  • Suwa Cultural Center - Suwa, Nagano - Japan
  • Tabira Chômin Center - Tabira - Japan
  • Shoubi Conservatory, Stella Studio - Tokyo - Japan
  • Springer Verlag Publishers - Tokyo - Japan
  • Tokyo College of Music, Concert Hall - Tokyo - Japan
  • Subaru Hall - Tondabayashi - Japan
  • Care House Tsurugaoka - Tsuruoka - Japan
  • Dewa Shounai Kokusai Village Hall- Tsuruoka - Japan
  • Tochigi-ken Sogo Cultural Centre - Utsunomiya, Tochigi - Japan
  • Bunshokan Hall - Yamagata - Japan
  • Tomihiro Gofuku Gallery - Yamagata - Japan
  • Creative Space Renga - Yamaguchi - Japan
  • Ikoi-no-Hiroba Park - Yamauchi - Japan
  • Yamauchi-cho Michi-no-eki - Yamauchi - Japan
  • Toya Art Gallery - Yanai - Japan
  • Yanai Grand Hotel - Yanai - Japan
  • Tôei-ji Temple - Yokaichiba - Japan
  • Sankyo Gakki audetorium - Yokohama - Japan
  • Best Amenity Stadium - Tosu - Japan
  • Musashi-Murayama Cultural Centre - Tokyo - Japan
  • Shinjuku Olympic Centre - Tokyo - Japan
  • Hônen-in Temple - Kyoto - Japan
  • Jôsai High School auditorium - Kamiyama - Japan
  • Kamiyama Onsen auditorium - Kamiyama - Japan
  • Core Shakkyô - Tokyo - Japan
  • Shangli-ra Live House - Tokyo - Japan
  • Fujimi Cultural Centre - Tokyo - Japan
  • Daishô-an - Tsuruoka - Japan
  • Gyokusen-ji Temple - Tsuruoka - Japan
  • Daizen-in Temple - Tokyo - Japan
  • Kuma Museum - Kuma-Kôgen, Ehime - Japan
  • Nishi-no-bô Temple - Marugame, Kagawa - Japan
  • Tennyo-za Theatre - Kumano-shi - Japan
  • Kuki Planetarium - Saitama - Japan
  • Kyushu National Museum - Fukuoka - Japan
  • Kuki Cultural Centre Concert Hall - Saitama - Japan
  • Copis Miyoshi Concert Hall, Saitama - Japan
  • 12th Composers Workshop - Kazimierz-Dolny - Poland
  • Centrum Sztuki Wspolczesnej - Warsaw - Poland
  • Guarnerius Art Foundation - Beograd - Servia
  • University of Beograd (Sala Heroja) - Beograd - Servia
  • Singapore Festival of Arts - Singapore - Singapore
  • La Casa Encendida - Madrid - Spain
  • Teatro Alhambra - Granada - Spain
  • University of Örebro - Örebro - Sweden
  • Bangkok Music Society - Bangkok - Thailand
  • NFA Flute Convention 1993 - Boston MA - USA
  • Oregon State University - Corvallis OR - USA
  • Hofstra University - Hempstead NY - USA
  • University of California San Diego - La Jolla CA - USA
  • Experimental Intermedia Foundation - New York City - USA
  • Roulette - New York City - USA
  • The Asia Society - New York City NY - USA
  • Portland State - Portland OR - USA
  • New Langton Arts - San Francisco CA - USA