Shizuyo Le Nestour, piano
09/28/2017

Story

Several years ago, someone told me about a rainbow that sometimes appears at night!  When I was searching for an idea for a new piano piece, I decided to look for more information about it.  A lunar rainbow is a natural phenomenon caused by moonlight.  One of the most famous places where lunar rainbows are seen is on the island of Maui, Hawaii.  Legend has it that ancestral spirits bring blessings when they cross a lunar rainbow bringing happiness to those who see it.  This piece was dedicated to Mr. Camille Maurane.

Orlando Cela, conductor
7/23/2017

Story

"Hisakatano" was written for a large chamber ensemble for more than 10 years ago as a part of my dissertation. Mr. Orlando Cela, who conducted "Hisakatano" when it was premiered, asked me to orchestrate its last movement. The text was written by my best friend, Ms. Shizuyo Le Nestour, who is a concert pianist and poet. I was grateful for this opportunity and such a wonderful performance by the orchestra of Governor's School of North Carolina.

Mana Washio, flute/Fumito Nunoya, marimba
6/4/2010

Story

"Sai, Inishie"~Ancient Red, Ni~ for flute and marimba "Sai" is the Chinese character 彩, which means color or coloring. The word, "Inishie" means ancient. This expression is often found in ancient Japanese literature, such as "Manyo-shu." Recently, I have been drawn to express colors with sound. When I heard about the ancient red color, called "Ni (丹)," I wanted to use the idea in my composition, especially knowing how versatile marimba and flute are. "Ni" was an important color for our ancestors-- the color of blood, soil, and even the symbol of something spiritual. This year, Japan is celebrating the 1300th anniversary of the Nara Heijo-kyo capital (the Nara prefecture is next to Kyoto), and my imagination time-traveled to this ancient period in Japan while composing.

Shizuyo Le Nestour, piano
1/8/2013

Story

I was always interested in jazz and wanted to incorporate some jazz harmonic ideas into my composition this time, yet I did not want to lose classical pianistic expressions. That became the foundation for this piece. However, deep down, I was thinking about “reincarnation” after the recent natural disaster that struck Japan. Through this piece, I hope to send my prayers to those who have survived as well as those who have perished.

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