Makia Matsumura

Composer, Pianist, Silent Film Accompanist

Latest News

“Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers” out today!!

Following the success of the critically-acclaimed “Pioneers of African Cinema” 2 years ago, Kino Lorber is releasing its 2nd special Blu-ray/DVD box set today. The much-anticipated “Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers” puts a spotlight on the first women filmmakers in the early days of cinema.

Gloria Swanson’s “Manhandled” Blu-ray/DVD release

I had a privilege of providing a new solo piano core for the Blu-ray/DVD release of “Manhandled (1924)” from Kino Lorber International, which goes on sale today!!

Biography

Composer Makia Matsumura’s music has been heard on national TV and in movies, as well as at the symphony halls, theatres, museums, and clubs. An avid pianist since an early age with performance credits ranging from the world’s most renowned concert halls to downtown bars in New York City, she has been also active as a silent film accompanist for the last 15 years, garnering high praises at renowned film institutions and theaters in the US, Europe, Canada, and Japan.

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Biography

Composer Makia Matsumura’s music has been heard on national TV and in movies, as well as at the symphony halls, theatres, museums, and clubs. An avid pianist since an early age with performance credits ranging from the world’s most renowned concert halls to downtown bars in New York City, she has been also active as a silent film accompanist for the last 15 years, garnering high praises at renowned film institutions and theaters in the US, Europe, Canada, and Japan.

A native of Tokyo, Japan, Makia started her studies of piano and composition at the age of six, and performed her original music extensively in and outside of Japan during her teenage years through Yamaha Music Education System. Her appearances from this period have included concerto performances with the Hungary National Symphony, the Berlin Great Radio Orchestra, and the Tokyo and the Kyoto Symphony Orchestras at renowned venues in Europe and Japan.

After graduating from the Tokyo University of the Arts, Makia moved to New York City and completed her Master’s degree in composition at The Juilliard School. In 2003, she was introduced to improvisational solo piano accompaniment for classic silent films and immediately fell in love with the art. It has been a perfect platform to combine her skills and passion for composition, film scoring, piano performance and improvisation all into one, and it is no surprise that her performances have been garnering high praises at celebrated venues internationally. In addition, she has provided musical scores for DVD releases of silent films, most recently for “Manhandled” (1924, dir. Allan Dwan) featuring Gloria Swanson, as well as “The Scar of Shame” (1927, dir. Frank Perugini), part of the 5-disc set “Pioneers of African-American Cinema” executive-produced by DJ Spooky currently available on Netflix, both available from Kino Lorber.

Makia currently resides in New York City, where she enjoys performing as a co-founding member of “M2duo”, a unique violin-piano tango duo, alongside her silent film engagements.

(as of August 2018)

Silent Film Accompaniment

In 2003, Makia was introduced to improvisational solo piano accompaniment for classic silent films and immediately fell in love with the art. In 2007, she was selected as one of the two “aspirant pianists” to attend the 2007 Pordenone Masterclasses, a renowned program “to share the experience and techniques of the festival’s resident musicians with new, young aspirants in the art of film improvisation”, part of the 26th Pordenone Silent Film Festival in Pordenone, Italy. As an “aspirant”, she was featured in an interview aired as part of BBC World Service’s “On Screen”.

In 2008, she has made a US debut as a silent film pianist at the Cinefest in Syracuse, NY, where she has been added to their roster of resident accompanists, and also performed at the New York Public Library’s renowned Meet the Music Makers series at the Donnell Media Center. In 2009, she became as the first Japanese pianist to accompany the official screening of the silent films at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Since then, she has been invited to perform at major US film institutions such as the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the Museum of the Moving Image, the Film Forum, and the Brooklyn Public Library in New York City, as well as the Library of Congress Packard Campus in Culpeper, VA, the Yale University in New Haven, CT, the George Eastman Museum in Rochester, NY and the American Film Institute in Silver Spring, MD. In 2008, she was invited as one of the Faculty Artists at the Art of the Piano festival at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) to present a program on silent film accompaniment.

Outside of the US, she made her Canadian debut at the Revue Cinema in Toronto, Canada, in 2013, and has performed at the National Film Archive in Tokyo, Japan, on multiple occasions. She has also appeared at the Kyoto Historica International Film Festival, as well as Jimbocho Theatre and Monten Hall in Tokyo.

In addition to the live accompaniment at screening events, she provides musical scores for DVD releases of silent films, most recently for “The Scar of Shame”, part of the highly-acclaimed 5-disc setPioneers of African-American Cinema” (hailed as “there has never been a more significant video release” by the New York Times), executive-produced by DJ Spooky and released from Kino Lorber, which is currently available on Netflix.

M2duo

Though violinist Machiko Ozawa and pianist Makia Matsumura first began performing together at Cafe Mozart on the Upper West Side in 2001, it was their unique and passionate interpretation of Piazzolla at the East Village venue La MaMa in 2005 that marked the birth of M2duo. Since then the pair has performed throughout NYC and beyond while expanding its repertoire to include original interpretations, whether mixing tap dancing with violin or by reinventing 70′s Japanese pop songs into “nuevo tango” tunes.

Both musicians are Julliard-trained and accomplished in their respective fields: Ozawa is a much sought-after tango violinist as well as the inventor of “tap violin”, a unique art of combining tap dancing and violin performance into one; Matsumura is one of the most active silent film accompanists in her generation, regularly live-performing improvised scores to classic silent films internationally.

Works

Schedule

July 15th, 2019 – Utari Percussion Duo [piano performance]

May 11th, 2019 – SPITE MARRIAGE [silent film accompaniment]

April 28, 2019 – THE NIGHT OF LOVE [silent film accompaniment]

April 21, 2019 – SADIE THOMPSON [silent film accompaniment]

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So honored & excited to be joining #harukafujii, #rikafujii & @szsolomon for 2 pieces tomorrow, making my super rare appearance at a #percussionensemble concert at @JuilliardSchool!
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Did you know that Haruka Fujii comes from a family of rockstar female percussionist? Haruka and her sister Rika are bringing their percussion duo, Utari, to NYC this summer.

See them on Monday, July 15, at 7:30pm at @JuilliardSchool. https://t.co/NjD1mLsfaB

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