Music and Photography
Mai Toyama (b.1990) is a interdisciplinary artist, japanese saxophonist and improvising saxophonist whose work interrogates relationships between sound and visual art. Her recent projects have inolved collaborations with sound engineers/composers, making use of interactive acoustic/elactronic and imporvisations with her creations of photography and Calligraphy Painting.
Having studied under the guidance of Jiro Akamatsu in Osaka Music University and with Christian Wirth at the Conservatoire of Maurice Ravel, obtained the prize unanimously with the congratulations of the jury.
In 2012, she joined the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris in the class of Claude Delangle in saxophone as well as Jens McManama in chamber music and generative improvisation with Vincent Le Quang and Alexandre Markeas where she is developed his experiences as an improviser.
Passionate about teaching for many years, Mai Toyama has a state diploma in music education, teaches at the Conservatoire de Grand Paris Seine Ouest (Chaville).
Since 2013, she has joined the teaching assist of the International Saxophone Academy of Brittany and gives lectures on the saxophone intended for the general public. Passionate about his instrument, she has worked with composers of his generation, notably at l'Institut de Recherche et de Création d'Acoustique Musicale (IRCAM) Passionate for chamber music and especially the saxophone quartet, she is a co-founder of the Uzumé Quartet (2012-2016)