Saturday, July 23, 2016

June 23rd, 2016: Performance of Three Incantations (2012) in Tokyo

 20th Anniversary Concert 

Saturday, July 23rd 2016
Kioi Small Hall (5 min walk from JR Yotsuya Station or Akasaka Mitsuke Subway)
1:30 pm Doors open
2:00 pm Start

¥2,500 advanced purchase
¥3,000 at the door

Consisting mainly of graduates from the 40th group to study at the NHK training program for young musicians of traditional instruments, Shijukikai has been active over the past 20 years sharing the beauty of Japanese music with a variety of audiences. It is quite rare to see such a wide array of Japanese instruments during the course of a single concert, so this is not one to be missed. There will be both Yamada and Ikuta style koto represented along with shakuhachi, shinobue flute, tsugaru shamisen and the ichigen-kin (Japan’s one string instrument). Kioi Hall is conveniently located in the center of Tokyo. Hope you can make it!

Kaede No Hana (Classical honte/kaede koto ensemble, Yamada-ryu)
Sankai/Three Incantations (A new composition for 25-string koto by Marty Regan)
Chikushi no Sakura (for koto and misato-bue/flute)
Mai (koto/shakuhachi duo)
Toccata (25 string koto)
Tsugaru Aiya Bushi (tsugaru shamisen)
Session (tsugaru shamisen, shino-bue, bass koto improvisation)
Kagen no Tsuki (for one string koto and shakuhachi)
Josho no Kanata (koto, bass koto)

「萌芽」〜芽ぐみ 紡ぐ響き〜
チケット 2,500円前売り/3,000 円当日


楓の花( 箏本手/替手)


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

June 12th, 2016: World premiere of Alleluia for SATB choir in Cambridge, England

World premiere of my new work for SATB choir Alleluia (2016)

WHERE: Lee Hall, Wolfson College, University of Cambridge
WHEN: Sunday, June 12th, 3-5PM

Program notes:

Inspired by the extraordinary, heart-lifting musical performances I heard during evensong while in residence at the University of Cambridge during academic year 2015-2016, this work makes the first time in my life I have set a liturgical text. The music progresses through a dazzling array of tonal centers and ebbs and flows with great dynamic contrast and intensity before coming to rest on the final Amen.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

June 9th, 2016: Duo YUMENO perform Send off at Yellow Crane Tower / 黄鶴楼

Duo YUMENO perform Send off at the Yellow Crane Tower / 黄鶴楼

If you love the sound of the cello and the koto, come and enjoy the Duo Yumeno concert at Densho Hall on June 9. This concert will surprise and excite you. Combining traditional pieces with new compositions commissioned just for them, you will discover a new world of music. 

Proceeds from the Duo Yumeno concert will be donated by Cantabile Kojimachi to CWAJ Scholarships & Education programs and Fukushima Relief Projects.

WHEN: June 9, Thursday, Time: 7:00 pm (doors open 6:30 pm)
WHERE: Densho Hall, Shibuya Cultural Center Owada

Ticket price:
3,000 yen (in advance), 3,500 yen (at door)、1,000 yen (students)

CWAJ members can purchase tickets at the May luncheon, or contact CWAJ member Jeannie Ohmae.

For further information, please contact Cantabile Kojimachi:
          Tel: 080-5694-5797, or 03-6753-2822

Program notes:

Send off at Yellow Crane Tower is based on a Japanese translation of a poem by Li Bai (705-762), widely proclaimed as one of China’s most influential poets. The Yellow Crane Tower, known as Huáng Hè Lóu in Chinese, was built in 223 AD and reconstructed in 1981. It stands on Sheshan (Snake Hill), at the bank of the Yangtze River in the Wuchang District of Hubei province. The poem was written on the occasion of Li Bai parting with his friend and poetic colleague Meng Haoron.

It is cast in a large-scale ABA1 form that echoes a musical architecture known as tegotomono, which is found in sankyoku (chamber music for a trio of Japanese instruments that flourished in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries) repertoire. This form consists of a mae-uta (opening song), tegoto (virtuosic instrumental interlude), and ato-uta (ending song). Set quite low in the range, the vocal line employs characteristic musical gestures found in a traditional Japanese singing style known as jiuta. The opening measures presents a pensive, somehow nostalgic melody in the koto, providing the primary melodic material that reappears throughout the work in a variety of guises.

Text and English translation


At Yellow Tower in the west 
My old friend says farewell;
In the mist and flowers of spring 
He goes down to Yangzhou;
Lonely sail, distant shadow,
Vanish in blue emptiness;
All I see is the great river 
Flowing into the far horizon.

– translated by Yang Xianyi

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

June 5th, 2016: World premiere of Still (2016) at Haifa University, Israel

June 5th, 2016: World premiere of Still (2016) at Haifa University, Israel

Kiku Day gives the world premiere of my solo work for shakuhachi, Still (2016)

WHEN: June 5th, 2016, 2:30PM
WHERE: Haifa University, Rm. 207

The ninth concert of the University Concert Series Music Department welcomes Kiku Day:

Free admission
Contact: Michal Golan 048288821

Program notes

I happened to be in Paris during the terror attacks of November 2015. Three days after those horrific incidents, at 12:00PM on November 16, 2015, three minutes of silence was observed all over Europe to honor those victims who lost their precious lives. At that moment, I was at Gare du Nord station. Can you imagine what it was like to witness Paris–the actual place where the unforgettable event occurred!–coming to an absolute standstill? No movement, no noise, and no activity; simply stillness. Those three minutes of stillness will forever be etched in my memory. This work is a musical homage to those who lost their lives that day.

Monday, May 23, 2016

May 25th, 2016: World premiere of shadowspot in Lima, Peru

World premiere of shadowspot in Lima, Peru

My colleague Mariana Gariazzo will give the world premiere of shadowspot for solo alto flute at XXXI International Flute Festival in Lima, Peru.

When: Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 7:30 pm
Where: Auditorio Dai Hall, Centro Cutural Peruano Japonés

Sunday, May 22, 2016

May 22nd, 2016: World premiere of Silent Cry of a Heron in Odense, Denmark

Kiku Day and Kenneth Larson present the world premiere of Silent Cry of a Heron (2016) for shakuhachi and Bb clarinet, in Odense, Denmark

WHERE: Carl Nielson Museum, Odense Denmark
WHEN: May 22nd, 2016, 11:00AM

Saturday, April 30, 2016

May 16th, 2016: Marty Regan Presents His Works For Traditional Japanese Instruments

Magic Mirror: Reflections of an American Composer in Japan 

American composer Marty Regan presents his works for traditional Japanese instruments and discusses challenges encountered in intercultural composition and issues of musical identity. His presentation will also include a brief performance demonstration of the shakuhachi (end-blown bamboo flute) as well as a discussion of the intersections between Japanese musical aesthetics and other forms of creative expression and aspects of Japanese culture.

WHERE: Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Sidgwick Site, University of Cambridge (Rm. 8 & 9)

WHEN: Monday, May 16th, 5:00PM~