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.
Take a look below to see all of the past composition that I have written and commissioned. All winners will have their composition added here with the recordings when made. Click on the Composer’s name for their interview. Click on their work title to hear the composition.
~~~Last Commissioned Composer Update~~~
of Case Western Reserve University
of Rice University
"Six Meditation, EyeMusic" for Shakuhachi and String Quartet
of UMKC (University of Kansas City)
of Illinois Wesleyan University,
Mirroring - for Shakuhachi and Cello
Hsin-Jung Tsai (4x commission)
TBA Harp and Shakuhachi work
Three Songs - for 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" - for solo shakuhachi
2) Paul SanGregory
“Ruminating” - for shakuhachi and piano