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Requiem, for Shamisen and Live Electronics

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For some time now, I’ve been revising my 2010 composition, “Requiem,” and I finally had a chance last month to get into the studio to make a video recording of the new version. Enjoy it on a system with bassy speakers: Simon Hutchinson – Requiem from Simon Hutchinson on Vimeo. This piece, for shamisen and […]

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“Kogun” and More Japanese Stragglers

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It just came up in a conversation with one of my friends, a Japanese jazz musician, that pianist, composer, and big-band leader Toshiko Akiyoshi, wrote a tribute to the Japanese stragglers Hiroo Onoda and Shoichi Yokoi in her piece, “Kyogun” (roughly translating to “solitary soldier”), in her 1974 album of the same name. (Of course […]