Thursday, November 30, 2017

April 10th, 2018: Première of "In a Moss Garden" in Houston, TX

[entry by webmaster]

There will be a concert
at Rothko Chapel, Houston, Texas, USA
on Tuesday, April 10th, 2018 at 7:00 PM
premiering Marty Regan's latest composition
In a Moss Garden.

The program for that evening is:-

John Lane : Uji(有時) for solo snare drum and spoken text reflects on the teachings of Eihei Dōgen, founder of the Sōtō school of Zen.

John Cage : Ryōanji(龍安寺) is a sublime work that musically represents the raked sand and stones of the Ryōanji temple garden in Kyoto.

Marty Regan : In a Moss Garden the première of a new work by Marty Regan for koto (13-string Japanese zither) [Yōko Reikano Kimura], shakuhachi (end-blown Japanese bamboo flute) [Marty Regan], and percussion [John Lane].
Information about the concert is at Rothko Chapel Event:- In a Moss Garden : The Sounds of Japan .

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

February 3rd, 2018: Performance of "Beyond the Sky / 空の果てへ" in Tokushima (徳島), Japan

[entry by webmaster]

There will be a concert
at the Tokushima Awagin Hall 1F in Tokushima, Shikoku, Japan
on Saturday, Feb 3rd, 2018
(This concert is part 2 (probably) of a 3 day event Friday Feb 2nd / Saturday Feb 3rd / Sunday Feb 4th in Tokushima)

Precise information is sketchy at this stage.

date:- 2018.2.3(土) / 3rd Feb, 2018
time:- ???

AWA Traditional Performing Arts Creation Dissemination Project

Tokushima Kunakura Renaissance "second part"
Japanese music used in the contemporary ... in Tokushima
徳島邦楽ルネッサンス《後編》 現代を活きる邦楽 in 徳島
~ "Japanese music" x "Body expression" ~

 Shikoku · Tokushima   -  Awagin Hall 1F Hall
 四国・徳島 あわぎんホール 1Fホール

The program for that evening is:-

 "Genroku Hanami dance"
   by Nagauta and Japanese dance
   長唄・日本舞踊 による 「元禄花見踊」

 Rhapsody   お綱ラプソディー
  composed by Minoru Miki / 三木 稔:作曲

 Gorgeous   華やぎ
  composed by Minoru Miki / 三木 稔:作曲

Beyond the Sky  空の果てへ
  composed by Marty Regan / マーティン・リーガン:作曲

 Small Suite 小組曲
  composed by Minoru Miki / 三木 稔:作曲

Information about the concert is posted on the venue's website which is
though the piece is not.

Info for this event is also taken from:-

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

December 17th, 2017: Performance of "Shadows of the Moon / 月影幻想曲" in Tokushima (徳島), Japan

[entry by webmaster]

There will be a concert in Tokushima, Japan on Sunday December 17th, 2017.

Cosmo Hall, Anan City Jōhō Bunka Center, Tokushima, Japan

The 2nd item on the programme is Marty Regan's work Shadows of the Moon / 月影幻想曲

2. 月影幻想曲 / マーティン・リーガン
三弦 多田英治
尺八 貝出光山

December 12th, 2017: Performance of "Withering Chrysanthemum/残菊" at Kōen Dōri, Tōkyō

[entry posted by webmaster]
Place: 公園通り/Kōen Dōri Live Performance Venue, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Time: 2PM / 14時開演(13時半開場/doors open at 1:30PM)

Ticket/チケット: 前売り2500円(当日3000円)学生2000円

出演: 野澤佐保子/ Sahoko Nozawa (箏/koto、歌/voice、語り/narration)
ゲスト: 大河内淳矢/Junya Okochi(尺八/shakuhachi)、
大友美由奈/Miyuna Ōtomo(三味線/shamisen、歌/voice)

  • 二つの変奏曲より、さくら 沢井忠夫作曲
  • ざしき童子のはなし 宮沢賢治原作 下野戸亜弓作曲
  • 寿限無 吉川博久作詞 杵屋正邦作曲
  • 蕪村句集 船川利夫作曲
  • Withering Chysanthemum/残菊 マーティン・リーガン作曲/Marty Regan
  • Moon-dewy flowers 岡隆一郎作曲
Kōen Dōri Information for this event

Thursday, October 19, 2017

October 29th, 2017: Performance of "桜と少女" in Tokyo

[ blog entry by webmaster/blog administrator ]

There is a chance to hear Marty Regan's work 桜と少女 for soprano, shamisen, koto and shakuhachi at the Sumida Triphony Hall, Tokyo as part of a programme given by the Modern Japanese Song Society.

Sunday 29th Oct 2017, 2:30pm.

Specifically the 7th item on the programme that afternoon is Marty's composition:-


詩(libretto/poem). 木下宣子 Nobuko Kinoshita
曲(composer)...... M.リーガン Marty Regan
歌(soprano)........ 三縄みどり(S) Midori Minawa
三絃(shamisen)... 深海さとみ Satomi Fukami
箏(koto).............. 福永千恵子 Chieko Fukunaga
尺八(shakuhachi) 田辺頌山 Shozan Tanabe

General details in Japanese about the concert are:-

日本歌曲協会 第12回邦楽器とともに

日本歌曲協会 044-572-7895 FAX:044-572-1309
森田 080-3012-3817 
Sumida Triphony Hall's website

Alternative info

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

April 2nd, 2017: Performance of "Magic Mirror (2008)" in New York

My contemporary gagaku work, Magic Mirror/魔鏡 will be performed at the 12th Annual Concert of Japanese Heritage Musical Instruments.

WHEN: Sunday, April 2, 2017, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM 

WHERE: Miller Theatre, Columbia University

Performed by Yōko Reikano Kimura (shamisen), Hitomi Nakamura (hichiriki), Takeshi Sasamoto (ryūteki), Mayumi Miyata (shō), Kaoru Watanabe (shinobue), James Nyoraku Schlefer (shakuhachi).

In order to gauge expected turnout, please register at the following link: Institute for Medieval Japanese Studies : April 2nd concert.


Program notes

Magic Mirror is a modern-style gagaku composition. The piece abounds in the gestural vocabulary, textures, harmonies, ornamentation and long breath phrases often found in gagaku. The "mirror" found in the title of this piece references three distinct elements:
1) the "reflection" (like a mirror) of my understanding of gagaku music as I compose a piece for sextet containing three representative gagaku instruments
2) the symmetrical 7-part arch form characterized by changes in instrumentation and tempo markings:
a) Solo shō, free rhythm
b) Entire ensemble, slow, steady pulse
c) Rhythmically driving, featuring the shamisen
d) Ryūteki and hichiriki solo, free rhythm
c) Rhythmically driving, featuring the shamisen
b) Entire ensemble, slow, steady pulse
a) Solo shō, free rhythm
3) The solo shō "A" section at the beginning and end are mirror retrogrades of each other (i.e. the same material is presented backwards)

The "magic" in the title simply refers to the mysterious, ethereal quality of the piece, no doubt thanks to the presence of the three gagaku instruments.


「魔鏡」は、現代的な雅楽のスタイルによる作品である。この曲は、しばしば雅楽における形式的な表現要素、書法、ハーモニー、装飾音そして長い息のフレーズが多く含んでいる。この作品のタイトルである“鏡”という言葉は、三つの特徴的な事柄を言及している。一つ目は、私の雅楽に関する理解を(鏡のように)映し出している。それは、雅楽の代表的な三つの楽器を含む6つの楽器によるこの曲を作曲する中で得られたものである。二つ目は、対称的な7つのパートによるアーチ型の構成は、楽器の組み合わせの変化とテンポの違いによって、特徴づけられる 。(a)自由なリズムによるソロの笙(b)緩やかで、規則的な拍節感のある全楽器によるアンサンブル(c)三味線を主体としたリズッミクな運び(d)自由なリズムによる竜笛と篳篥のソロ(c) 三味線を主体としたリズッミクな運び(b) 緩やかで、規則的な拍節感のある全楽器によるアンサンブル(a) 自由なリズムによるソロの笙。三つ目は、曲の始まりにある 笙ソロによる “A” セクションと曲の終わりの部分が逆行の関係にある。タイトルの“魔”という言葉は、この曲のミステリアスで天空に満ちるような優美な性質を意味している。雅楽の三つの楽器が現存することに感謝を表したい。

 [ update - actual image of concert - webmaster ]
[Miyata (L); Sasamoto; Nakamura; Kimura; Watanabe; Shlefer (R)] 

another image of the concert 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

April 1st, 2017: Performance of "Voyage (2008)" in New South Wales, Australia

Voyage:  A Concert for Shakuhachi Flute and String Quartet
WHEN:  Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM UTC+11
WHERE: Kindlehill School, 8 Lake St., Wentworth Falls, New South Wales, Australia 2782

This piece is a sonic reflection on our mortality and the impermanence of our lives, and the title simply refers to the personal journey that each of us takes. It is dedicated to the memory of Mary Elizabeth Farmer, a student of mine from Texas A&M University who was tragically killed in a car accident in Austin, Texas on May 15, 2008.

Voyage was commissioned by the World Shakuhachi Festival 08’ and was generously supported by Texas A&M University’s Program to Enhance Scholarly and Creative Activities Grant. It was premiered in Sydney, Australia at the World Shakuhachi Festival 08’ on July 6, 2008 by Dr. James Franklin (shakuhachi) and the Grainger String Quartet.