The outstanding performance faculty of the music department joins select student musicians in a concert of wide-ranging repertoire of instrumental and vocal chamber music, works for chamber orchestra, world music, and jazz.
The world music part will include the shakuhachi and other world instruments in a premiere composition by our Hindustani singer, Warren Senders.
I joined Masayo Ishigure of the Sawai school on koto (the Japanese zither in lower left of poster) playing E mu (Dreamscape) by Hideaki Kuribayashi. E mu is made up of shakuhachi and koto solos interspersed with closely metered western style ensemble parts, which speed up at the end. As in most of the early modern pieces influenced by western music, it is sweet and lyrical.
This is the last concert of the year for Tufts composers, and I will play a new piece called “A Tale” by Cagdas Donmezer. The first part of the piece looks promising, and I’m waiting to see the rest on Thursday (tomorrow)!
For this concert Elizabeth Reian will play premieres by Martin Shcreiner of Harvard; Tufts’ grad composers Wei Yang and Cagdas Donmezer; as well as a duet for two shakuhachis by John McDonald; and a traditional piece. Composer and shakuhachi player Chris Molina also will appear with New York shakuhachi artist Marco Lienhard in pieces he has created.
The pieces we’ll be playing span traditional, to modern and contemporary. So expect to hear cranes, see birds of paradise, and hear new ideas and imagination at work. You’ll also hear three shakuhachi players from different genealogies, with different playing styles, a unique experience at Tufts.
Distler Hall, Granoff Music Center, 20 Talbot Ave., Somerville. Info: (617) 627-3679
First Church of Belmont UU, MA. Directed by Alfa Joy Radford, Minister of Music and Organist
This piece by Karl Jenkins, a contemporary Welsh composer, features a chorus which sings in Latin and Japanese, and juxtaposes and overlaps psalms with haiku; the chords and overtones are eerie, unexpected and exquisite. The shakuhachi plays over and through the lyrics and orchestration.
Gozan: “The snow of yesterday that fell like cherry blossoms is water once again”
Issho: “From deep in my heart how beautiful are the snow clouds in the west”‘
Hokusai: “Now as a spirit I shall roam the summer fields”
Kaga no Chiyo: “Having seen the moon even I take leave of this life with a blessing”
Banzan: “Farewell, I pass as all things do like dew on the grass”