for shakuhachi, koto, viola and cello
Commissioned by Kyo-Shin-An Arts
Between is a reflection on a number of ‘spaces’ in my recent experience; between cultures, between geographic locations, between chapters in my life. As a person of mixed descent, I often feel my cultural identity (Japanese and New Zealander) fluctuating in response to my surroundings and interactions. In writing for this mixed ensemble of traditional Japanese and Western instruments, I became particularly interested in exploring ways in which these seemingly disparate instruments could naturally relate to one another, interact, provide space, and find unity.
Sun 9th Feb, 2020
premiered by James Nyoraku Schlefer (shakuhachi), Yoko Reikano Kimura (koto), David Yang (viola), Hikaru Tamaki (cello) at Tenri Cultural Institute (New York, NY)