[ Composer's Voice ]
Composer's Voice Concert
Japan Perspective
April 8, 2012
Jan Hus Church
351 East 74th Street
New York
New York
Music and Performances by Douglas DaSilva Tsuyoshi Furutsu Kenji Haba Man Woong Han Claudine Hickman Mari Kimura Yui Kitamura Kyoko Ogawa Moto Osada Thomas Piercy Corinne Sobolewski Yumi Suehiro Kai Watanabe Jin-Xiang "Jx" Yu



Yohei Kurihara

Jim Fox

Greg Bartholomew

Armando Ayala

Douglas DaSilva

Malcolm Dedman

Nina Siniakova

Andy Cohen

Daniel Thompson

Michael Frazier

John Bilotta

David Wolfson

Elizabeth Lim

Daniel Mihai

Andrew Davis

Thomas Piercy, clarinet
Claudine Hickman, piano
Let's Deliver Our Love
Tsuyoshi Furutsu

Tsuyoshi Furutsu, voice & guitar
You Caress the Night
Douglas DaSilva

Jin-Xiang "Jx" Yu, soprano
Kenji Haba, guitar
Four Beasts of Matsuo Basho: 1. Nightingale 2. Frog 3. Butterfly 4. Man
Man Woong Han

Jin-Xiang "Jx" Yu, soprano
Corinne Sobolewski, viola
Moto Osada

Yumi Suehiro, piano
Natsukashiki Kaori
Yui Kitamura

yoko Ogawa, soprano
Yumi Suehiro, piano
My Life in Fukushima (for soprano, piano, electronics)
Mari Kimura

Kyoko Ogawa, soprano
Yumi Suehiro, piano
Kai Watanabe

Kai Watanabe, guitar


Tsuyoshi Furutsu

Guitarist / singer-songwriter Tsuyoshi Furutsu arrived in New York after winning the Mazda Urban Jazz Contest, and performing at The Parthenon Tama Jazz Festival in Tokyo. Mr. Furutsu earned his master's degree at The City College of New York, studying with Peter Bernstein, Gene Bertoncini, Ron Carter and John Patitucci. He has performed at top notch venues such as The Four Seasons, The Museum of Natural History, Rubin Museum of Art and 55 Bar. Currently he is performing regularly at Alouette French Bistro and Jerry's Cafe in Manhattan with vocalist Alexandra Frederick. Mr. Furutsu has also been teaching guitar for more than 10 years for young children and adults.

Kenji Haba

Kenji Haba is a guitarist who is exclusively sensitive to timbres in appreciating and expressing the beauty of guitar. Haba believes that the guitar is the perfect instrument to express his musical ideas because of its beautiful tones and its countless timbres. Recently, he has been focusing on impressionistic music, especially that of Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel and Toru Takemitsu. In 2006, Haba began studying guitar under renowned guitarests Kevin R. Gallagher and Oren Fader. With his passion driving his learning ability, after one year of study he was accepted into Manhattan School of Music's Master of Music program and there worked with Mark Delpriora. In 2011, Kenji was the first guitarist to perform a Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame.

Claudine Hickman

Claudine Hickman began her piano study at an early age with her father, Thames Hickman, a student of Rosina Lhevinne at the Juilliard School. Claudine went on to study on full scholarship in the Honors Program at the Mannes College of Music Preparatory Division with Arkady Aronov and Edward Aldwell. She holds a Bachelor's and Master's degree in piano performance from the Manhattan School of Music.Ms. Hickman's performances have been described by critics as "practically telepathic, emotionally rich" "bright yet haunting precision" and "vivid, Brubeck-esque melodicism". Her passion for the music of composer Astor Piazzolla has led to her frequent collaboration with clarinetist Thomas Piercy and bassist/Latin Grammy nominee Pablo Aslan.

Kyoko Ogawa

Kyoko Ogawa is a New York based soprano/crossover singer. Kyoko grew up in Osaka and started learning classical singing at the age of 15. In 2005 she was accepted at Osaka College of Music and in 2008 she transferd to Manhattan School of Music. During her studies at Manhattan School of Music she continued to perform regularly in New York and Japan. In 2011 she was chosen to sing at a very special Japan Relief concert at the Kitano Jazz Club in NYC.This concert featured some of the finest and most established musicians, including Kevin Hayes, Toshiko Akiyoshi and Barry Harris. In May 2011 Kyoko graduated from Manhattan School of Music with her Bachelors degree and continues to giving solo concerts in New York.

Thomas Piercy

Thomas Piercy is a critically acclaimed musician with appearances throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. His performances have been described by critics as "passionate," "pulling out all the stops," by the New York Times as "brilliant," "playing with refinement and flair" and "evoking a panache in the contemporary works." A versatile artist - the clarinetist on the Emmy Award-winning Juno Baby CDs and DVDs; performing Mozart with mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade; playing Broadway songs with Raoul Julia; working with the composer Leonard Bernstein; appearing in a KRS-ONE rap music video; performing concert improvisations with pianist Donal Fox; recording with members of Maroon 5 - he has performed and recorded for Broadway and Off-Broadway, commercial recordings, television, radio, videos, and movie soundtracks.

Corinne Sobolewski

Corinne Sobolewski, a violist from Southern New Jersey, is a third year student at The Juilliard School in New York City.. In her high school years, she was principal of the All State Orchestra, All South Jersey Orchestra, and The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra. Corinne has sat under the baton of world renowned conductor: James Conlon, Leonard Slatkin, James DePriest, David Zinman, Marin Alsop, Fabio Luisi, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, and Alan Gilbert and performed at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and Alice Tully Hall. This past year, she sat assistant principal in Japan at the Pacific Music Festival with performances in Sapporo, Osaka, and Tokyo. She hopes to return to Japan this summer or attend the Schleswig- Holstein Music Festival in Germany.

Yumi Suehiro

Born in Osaka, Japan, pianist Yumi Suehiro started piano at age 6, and started marimba a year later. Ms. Suehiro has won numerous national and international competitions, including the top prize at the KOBE International Competition in Japan as the youngest winner. In 2007 and 2008, she was invited to perform her debut at the Carnegie Weill recital hall as a winner of AMTL audition, and in following year, she was featured as a guest marimba player in Latin percussionist, Victor Rendon's recoding "Fiesta Percussiva". Ms. Suehiro won the second prize at Dora Zaslavsky Koch piano concerto competition in Manhattan School of Music where she currently earned Master of Music under the tutelage of Mr. Zenon Fishbein and Dr. Peter Vinograde

Kai Watanabe

Guitarist Kai Watanabe started playing guitar when he was 10 years old. He is recently graduated from Manhattan School of Music where he studied classical guitar. In 2005, Kai had visited Cambodia as a reporter for "Medicins Sans Frontiers". Having spent time with children orphaned by that country's civil war, teaching them Japanese, English and guitar he wanted to expand his experience and "I started to think how I could share with the children I met there. I have been seeking the way within the sounds!" Kai is currently developing his Mandala Improvisation series of classical guitar improvisation "where every sound is unearthed by me as a Human Diver" Visit: http://www.youtube.com/user/jijitojijitojiji

Jin-Xiang "Jx" Yu

Jin-Xiang "Jx" Yu was born in China and raised in Japan in a musical family. She grew up speaking Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, and English while learning Spanish, attending International Schools. She moved to New York City in 2007. After graduating from The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in 2009 with a Musical Theatre Certificate, she now attends Queens College as a Linguistics and Classical Voice double-major. She has performed in various venues, some of which include Merkin Hall and le Poisson Rouge, and is experienced in Off-Broadway theatre, as well as renowned theaters across the U.S. She is thankful to Douglas Silva for providing this opportunity to perform with the Composer Voice Concert series. "Without composers, I would have no song to sing!"


Douglas DaSilva

Artistic Director of the Composer's Voice concert series, Douglas DaSilva is a composer, guitarist, educator, curator, film-maker and amateur clarinetist in New York City. He composes in various styles including jazz, pop, children's music, chamber music and experimental. Much of his writing is influenced by Brazilian music and self-inflicted stress. His compositions have been described as "very individual, and to us has a very clear personality" in Classical Guitar Magazine. His pieces Sarabande; How to Build a Totalitarian State and Contrails have been included in 60x60 projects. His works have been performed in Brazil, England, Italy, Germany, Romania, Brazil & throughout the USA. http://www.voxnovus.com/composer/Douglas_DaSilva.htm

Man-Woong Han

Since steering into the field of musical composition in his midtwenties with almost no prior training in music, Man-Woong Han has composed numerous concert music as a student for the past 5 years. His music has been compared to that of Dutilleux and Poulenc, with occasional infusions of traditional Korean folk music. Recent works include Hwang Jini Song Cycle, based on three poems by the venerable Korean giseng from 16th century Korea, and the beginning movements for a string quartet that is based on the drumming patterns of ochejilgut, a Korean folk drumming pattern originating from the 10th century. When not busy composing concert music, he also dabbles in film scoring, having worked on a dozen short films since 2008.

Mari Kimura

Hailed by The New York Times as "a virtuoso playing at the edge", composer/violinist Mari Kimura is widely admired as the inventor of "Subharmonics" & her works for interactive computer music. She won 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship in Music Composition and 2010 Composer in Residence at IRCAM in Paris. In the same year she was invited as a solo violinist with the Hamburg Symphony. Ms. Kimura's works have been supported by grants including NYFA, Jerome Foundation, Arts International, Japan Foundation, Meet the Composer, NYSCA and 2010 Fromm Commission Award. Since 1998, Ms. Kimura has been teaching Interactive Computer Music Performance at The Juilliard School. Her recent Mutable Music album "The World Below G and Beyond" features her works for Subharmonics. http://www.marikimura.com

Yui Kitamura

Yui Kitamura is a versatile composer of solo, chamber, and orchestral music in various styles and her works have been performed at such venues as New York's Lincoln Center and Joe's Pub, Berlin's Akademie der Künste, Kiev's National Catholic Cathedral, and Tokyo's Sumida Triphony Hall and Suntory Hall. She was nominated for a 2011 Hollywood Music in Media Award in the classical/orchestral genre. She is a co-founder and the artistic director of Multicultural Sonic Evolution (MuSE), a nonprofit organization that creates a multicultural environment through sound and collaborations with other fields of art such as dance, theater, and film. She holds Bachelor of Music and Master of Music from The Juilliard School and Masters of Fine Arts from New York University (Tisch School of Arts).

Moto Osada

Moto Osada's music has been described as "individual and original" by the German newspaper Frankfuter Rundschau "dynamic and breathtakingly beautiful" by the Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet. The New York Times praised his music "edges toward jazz in its energy and drive. Mr. Osada's works have been performed at such festivals as Double Exposure by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Downtown NYC River to River Festival, OK Mozart Festival (Oklahoma), and the Cutting Edge Concerts (NYC). Mr. Osada has received grants, awards and residencies from the Rockefeller Foundation, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, the American Music Center, Japan Foundation, ASCAP, the American Composers Forum, Brave New Works Call for Scores, the Kuhmo Festival International, and the Earplay Aird International Composers Competitions.

Composers for Fifteen Minutes of Fame

Program Notes

Fifteen Minutes of Fame is a collection of 15 one-minute acoustic works composed specifically for a specific performer or ensemble. The purpose of Fifteen Minutes of Fame is to promote a great variety of contemporary music to audiences hungry to hear what living composers are writing today. The project series seeks one minute music composition from composers working in any style and aesthetic. Vox Novus places a call for scores and 15 pieces are chosen from the works submitted. The works are then premiered on the Composer Voice concert series in New York City. The idea grew out of a celebratory concert in 2009 for the birthday of Robert Voisey who is the founder of Vox Novus and known for his 60x60 project. Shiau-uen Ding premiered the first official Fifteen Minutes of Fame on March 27,

Support from the Puffin Foundation "...continuing the dialogue between art and the lives of ordinary people."

Vox Novus is a collective of composers, musicians, and music enthusiasts collaborating together to create, produce, promote, and enjoy the new music of today. Our members are from a variety of composers committed to the creation and dissemination of new music. Their music is of a variety of styles, aesthetics, and ideologies. Vox Novus produces and promotes new music. They are dedicated to contemporary music, the musicians who perform, and the composers that write the music of today. Their mission is to cultivate a music community and make their work available to the greater public.

Remarkable Theater Brigade founded by Christian McLeer, Dan Jeselsohn and Monica Harte, creates and produces new operas and musicals and takes children's versions out to special-needs and at-risk children free of charge.


Remarkable Theater Brigade

Remarkable Theater Brigade founded by Christian McLeer, Dan Jeselsohn and Monica Harte, creates and produces new operas and musicals and takes children's versions out to special-needs and at-risk children free of charge.

Remarkable Theater Brigade creates and produces new works including operas, orchestral pieces, ballets, musicals, and electro-acoustic works and co-produces the Composer's Voice Concert Series concerts. Remarkable Theater Brigade was founded in 2002 by Christian McLeer, Monica Harte, and Dan Jeselsohn.

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Vox Novus

Vox Novus promotes contemporary music and its creators through concerts, recordings, publications, broadcasts, and online publicity. Vox Novus believes strongly in the intrinsic value of contemporary music, recognizing it as a force in the advancement of culture and art. Our goal is to keep music alive by strengthening the connection between composer and audience, providing greater exposure to new music.

Funding by

Puffin Foundation

Funding also provided by the Puffin Foundation, "...continuing the dialogue between art and lives of ordinary people."