Monday, April 25, 2016

April 25th, 2016: Premiere of "Three Incantations (2012)" in Tokyo

Three Incantations / 三界 (2012) to receive its world premiere in Tokyo

Where: Suginami Koukaido
When: April 25th, 2016, 6:30
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4月25日、6時開場 /6時半開演

Program notes

My first work for 25-string koto, Three Incantations (2012) is a musical rumination on the three realms of existence; past, present, and future. It is loosely modeled on the jo-ha-kyū form prevalent in many genres of traditional Japanese music, resulting in a gradual acceleration of tempo and energy throughout the piece. It begins quietly with meditative, sustained tones, followed by a lyrical section in 12/8 that gradually builds in dynamic and textural intensity. A slower B section characterized by extensive use of space and timbral variation creates dramatic contrast and a moment of repose. This section leads seamlessly into the recapitulation, which culminates in the powerful push-pull–of tempi–section that is the emotional high point of the work. As the piece races to a brilliant finish, which is somewhat minimalist in nature, the hands work together to create fascinating interlocked patterns of emergent rhythms and melodies, twirling the listener into the future.