This is a composition competition/call-for-scores to write a new work for Shakuhachi (traditional Japanese flute). This competition was held two years ago in April of 2017 and my original intention was to commision one composer, but I walked away with three different composers’ incredible works who are from different parts of the world (London, U.K., Beijing, China, and Illinois, USA). I am excited to announce the second round for this competition, 2019-20.
The call for scores is simple and easy. Please send one or two score(s) of your work(s)that best represents your style (does not have to be for shakuhachi),, emailed to shawnheadmusic (at) gmail (dot) com along with a $10 submission fee to the same email, via PayPal (the total must be $10 USD).
There will be a small honorarium (to be determined). The deadline for submission will be December 31st, 2019.
Upon receiving the commission, you will be sent a variety of materials on shakuhachi: range, techniques, notation, and you will also be provided with a private, one-on-one lesson, via Skype or Google Hangouts, about shakuhachi and to go over the materials.
Above is a link to a work that I composed for shakuhachi. This will give you an idea of the extended techniques and color capabilities of the flute. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email me.
I look forward to seeing everyone's works, and hopefully performing a new one!
~~~Commissioned works selected recordings~~~
"Gankyoku I, II, and III" for shakuhachi, composed by A.I. (G.A.N.), Omar Peracha
Sky Above, Great Wind – Bo Li
Song of Autumn – Hsin-Jung Tsai
余韻 (echo) for solo shakuhachi - Eric Charnofsky
~~~Last Commissioned Composer Update~~~
of Case Western Reserve University
"Echo" - for Solo Shakuhachi
"Song of the Little Owls" for Shakuhachi and Bassoon
"Gankyoku I, II, and III" for shakuhachi, composed by A.I. (G.A.N.)
of Rice University
"Antenna" - for Shakuhachi and Electronics
"Six Meditation, EyeMusic" for Shakuhachi and String Quartet
of UMKC (University of Kansas City)
"Sky Above, Great Wind." Shakuhachi and Piano
of Illinois Wesleyan University,
TBA - for Shakuhachi and Cello
Hsin-Jung Tsai (3x commission)
TBA Harp and Shakuhachi work
"Empty Cicada Shell" - for solo shakuhachi
"Song of Autumn" - Solo Shakuhachi
Deadline: December 2019 Entry Fee: 10.00 Currency: U.S. Dollar (USD)
For composers who send works already written for shakuhachi...
Works submitted with shakuhachi parts or for solo shakuhachi are recommended to be sent. Winning works will be bought at composers score sale price and receive a performance and recording.
1) Miki Saito - "Stillness"