From Shoso Duo's second season. Mayudama no Uta, Song of the silken cacoon. Lived from Cypress FACE.
Master of Music Recital 01/19/18 I commissioned this piece in the summer of 2017 and worked with the composer over the course of its development. It is part of a series of works for different ensembles and instruments; the first being for solo Japanese flute (shakuhachi), the second for solo viola, the third for string ensemble, and this one, for solo violin. The composer comes from a rather difficult background, and growing up found solace in his deep interest in Japanese culture, art, music, and history. His lacing of these elements into his music has allowed him to express his feelings of closeness to Japan, and his investment in it, feelings he never found with his own family and culture, inspiring the title “Burning Roots”, which acts both as poignant imagery, and a literal personal statement.
The crane (tsuru) has always been admired in Japan for its elegant movements and for its deep parental affection; it has therefore become an important artistic motif. Tsuru no Sugomori (A crane on the nest) is one of the most celebrated shakuhachi pieces, although some ten pieces are known today with this or with a similar title. They all make frequent use of complex traditional tremolo and flutter-tongue techniques to depict the various movements of the crane-its walking, flying, calling, nesting and so forth. The present piece is in the form of an introduction and seven sections.
'GANkyoku’ is the name given to any pieces created by my Generative Adversarial Network with the same name. These are the first full-length Contemporary Classical pieces to be entirely composed by a deep neural network. The pieces were commissioned by Shawn Renzoh Head, following my award in his 2017 composition competition. The aim with these works is that they should maintain key aesthetic qualities expected of shakuhachi music, derived from the traditional repertoire, or Honkyoku….
Shoso duo plays Song of the Wind by Sawai Tadao at the Museum of Fine Art for their program "A New Way Of Hearing."
Shoso duo's opening number by famed composer Benjamin Britten.
This is the second of four sketches. No. 1 - Shakuhachi No. 2 - Viola No. 3 - String Orchestra No. 4 - Violin In this performance at the Schwob school of music in Columbus Georgia, Dr. Katrin Meidell give a powerful and colorful performance.
Shawn Renzoh Head features a new work by living composer, Hsin-Jung Tsai. The work mixes graphic and standard notation creating a semi improvisation feel to the piece which hold strong roots in Japanese traditional music.