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This Monday: Warabe-Uta Remix!

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This Monday the 20th is the release of the NY Licorice Ensemble’s new album Warabe-Uta Remix, a CD of new compositions for clarinet ensemble inspired by Japanese children’s songs. The album includes my piece, Nanbu Lullaby, which fuses funk and jazz with a Japanese folk lullaby. The CD is currently only available in Japan, with […]

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Nanbu Lullaby

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I’m thrilled to announce that the NY Licorice Ensemble has selected my new work, Nanbu Lullaby for clarinet choir to appear on their upcoming CD Project “Warabe-Uta Remix!” More details

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SEAMUS 2015 Conference

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Saturday, March 28 The Cube, Virginia Polytechnic Blacksburg, VA More Details Please join me a Virginia Tech, where I will be performing my solo iPad work, Shin no Shin at the Society of Electro-Acoustic Music US (SEAMUS) Conference.

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“Bela Bartok Being a Father”

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I love this photo of Bartok I found on Composers Doing Normal S**t (warning: page title uncensored if you follow the link). It’s especially enjoyable thinking that this photo was likely taken around the time he wrote this: An inspiration to work on my string writing, parenting, and moustache.

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Commission Consortium – Hiraizumi

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Attention band and wind-ensemble directors! There is a consortium to commission me for a new large chamber work for wind ensemble, based on the temples of Hiraizumi, near where I used to live in Northern Japan. More details are available here. Please spread the word.

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Electronic Music and the Uncanny

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Louis Dufort’s Zenith: Creepy? Awesome? Both? In introducing electronic music to students, there usually comes a time in the semester where one of my students asks, “Why is all this music creepy?” I’m not sure I agree with my them about the music being creepy, but, as a specialist (of sorts), though, I’m maybe too […]

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Rigidity, Formality, and The Book of Tea

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Dusting off my old copy of Okakura Kakuzo’s Book of Tea, which I haven’t read for more than a decade (before my time in Japan), I found this quote in Liza Dalby’s introduction, talking about her training in Japanese tea ceremony: American culture has traditionally stressed the Romantic notion that form and structure are things […]