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On January 29th, 2011, Elizabeth Brown's composition Shinshoufuukei, or An Imagined Landscape ( 心象風景 (しんしょうふうけい) won first prize in the Makino Yutaka no Kai competition in Tokyo. This was the fourth round of this highly regarded competition, and only the second time that the first prize of 500,000 yen was awarded.
Makino Yutaka (1930-2005) was a successful concert and film composer and beloved teacher who championed Japanese traditional instruments in addition to writing for western instruments. His students hold a composition competition for Japanese traditional instruments in his name every two years. This year, the competition was for a large ensemble with conductor. Three finalists were chosen from anonymous submissions, and these pieces were performed in Tokyo's Kioi Hall on January 29th, 2011. The final decision was made following this performance. Judges were Tomiko Kojima, (chair) ethnomusicologist, and critic; Hozan Yamamoto, Living National Treasure shakuhachi player and composer; composers Isao Matsushita and Iwao Konko; Takuo Tamura, percussionist and conductor of Pro Musica Nipponia; Tomoko Sunazaki, koto player and president of Makino Yutaka no Kai; and Norihiro Ishikawa, koto player and vice president of Makino Yutaka no Kai.
Inada Yasushi conducted Pro Musica Nipponia in Brown's Shinshoufuukei, which is scored for three shakuhachi (two 1.8 and one 2.1), nohkan, shou, ichigenkin, shamisen, two kotos, one 20-string koto, and percussion (ko-tsuzume and binzasara).
Elizabeth Brown began studying shakuhachi with Ralph Samuelson in 1984 and has written a number of pieces which include Japanese traditional instruments. Mirage, for shakuhachi and string quartet, was a prizewinner in the Senzoku Gakuen College of Music Shakuhachi Competition 2010, and was performed at Tokyo's Opera City, Takemitsu Memorial in October 2010.
congrats to her!! Any way how we can hear the composition?
Last edited by geni (2011-02-07 20:01:02)
Congrats to Elizabeth. The pieces I have heard of her have been great - so no surprise! Great news!
Congrats to Elizabeth! Just got this announcement from her:
On Saturday February 12nd at 7:30, I have a wonderful concert at Baruch College in NYC with Music from Japan, Flutes from the East and the West. My colleague Kohei Nishikawa is terrific, and we will premiere my fragments for the moon for shakuhachi and nohkan.
For details, ticket information and directions:
Please come if you can!
photo: Peter Schaaf
Saturday, February 12, 2011, 7:30 pm
Flutes from the East and the West
Baruch Performing Arts Center
New York City
A concert featuring Kohei Nishikawa and Elizabeth Brown performing new and traditional music for Western classical flute and three kinds of Japanese flute: the transverse nohkan and shinobue, as heard in Noh, kabuki theatre, and village festivals, and the shakuhachi, the vertical bamboo flute.
Kohei Nishikawa: nohkan, shinobue and flute
Elizabeth Brown: shakuhachi and flute
She's also a very accomplished silver flautist and composes for other instruments. Elizabeth gave me a DVD where she collaborated with artist Lothar Osterburg on a stop motion animated short featuring a Theremin. It's amazing. The kids love it too!
Are you going to this concert Perry?
If I can arrange child care, let's hook up!
Congrats, Elizabeth! I'll be going to the concert as well.
And you as well.