[Kamogawa Talk 04]
Förderung kultureller und akademischer Interaktion "Bird Language and Music"
Jointly organized by Goethe-Institut Osaka Kyoto/Villa Kamogawa x KURA
Date: Friday, September 16, 2022, 19:00-20:40
Venue: Online (Zoom)

Kamogawa Talk Vol. 4  Förderung kultureller und akademischer Interaktion “Bird Language and Music”

Date: Friday, September 16, 2022, 19:00-20:40  

Languages: Japanese / English (Translation)

Venue: Online (Zoom / Free of charge / Pre-registration required)

Speakers: Jacopo Salvatori (Artist)

                   Toshitaka SUZUKI (Program-Specific Assistant Professor, Hakubi Center / Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University)


Kamogawa Talk Vol. 4

Kamogawa Talk is a series of talks jointly organized by Goethe-Institut Osaka Kyoto/Villa Kamogawa and Kyoto University Research Administration Office (KURA) to promote Japanese-German exchange among the younger generation and dialogue between academia, art and culture. Based on the concept of “Art meets academia”, the series aims to provide an opportunity for open exchange among researchers, students, creators, as well as a wide range of interested parties in a relaxed atmosphere.

The theme of the fourth event held online  is “Bird Language and Music”. Composer and pianist Jacopo Salvatori, a Villa Kamogawa resident in 2019, and Dr. Toshitaka Suzuki, Kyoto University Hakubi Center/School of Science, Program-Specific Assistant Professor, will be our guests for the discussion.

Mr. Salvatori, who is working on Vogelsprachen (Bird Language), a musical project based on the structure of birdsong, recorded and analyzed the voices of Japanese titmice, which have several different calls, during his 2019 residency in Kyoto, and subsequently created musical and artistic works based on these recordings.

Dr. Suzuki’s research on animal verbal communication takes an interdisciplinary approach, combining animal behavior and other research fields. He has focused on “Parus minor” in particular, and through the analysis of their calls, has revealed that they communicate by a language. He is currently working to establish animal linguistics with the aim to deepen research on animal language abilities.

The two speakers met each other and joined a talk event during Mr. Salvatori’s visit to Japan in 2019; how are their activities developing now, three years later?

We will explore the intersection of science and art through a conversation between the two, both of whom are engaged in their respective activities on the subject of “Parus minor” and other “bird language” topics.



© Sara Gianguzza

Mr. Salvatori studied piano at Conservatorio Girolamo Frescobaldi in Ferrara and the Conservatorio Claudio Monteverdi in Cremona, Italy, and composition at University of Music and Performing Arts Munich. The opera “How to kill your mother. Elektra”, he composed, premiered in 2017 at Staatstheater Braunschweig (State Theatre of Brunswick). He was a 2019 Villa Kamogawa resident. Since his residency in Kyoto, he continues to work on his musical project Vogelsprachen (Bird Language), based on the structure of birdsong.


  •  Toshitaka SUZUKI  (Program-Specific Assistant Professor, Hakubi Center / Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University)

Dr. Suzuki obtained his PhD from Rikkyo University in 2012. He was a JSPS Research Fellow SPD at The Graduate University for Advanced Studies from 2013-2016, Institutional Research Fellow at Center for Ecological Research, Kyoto University from 2016-2018 and Assistant Professor, Department of Interdisciplinary Science, Faculty of Liberal Arts, University of Tokyo from 2018-2019, before taking his current position. His research focuses on birds belonging to the titmice family, and with the aim of elucidating the meaning and grammatical structure of their vocalizations. Recently, he has also been conducting research on the developmental process of vocal use and communication among different species, and international collaborative research for interspecies and interregional comparisons is ongoing.



Pre-registration is required. (Free of charge)




E-mail: aida(at)kura.kyoto-u.ac.jp