Saturday, April 19 || 7:30 PM
FIU Miami Beach Urban Studios
Concert of 21st Century Chamber Music
featuring composer Koji Nakano with the NODUS Ensemble and the Amernet String Quartet.
Time Song III: Reincarnation “The Birth of a Spirit” | Koji Nakano
threads unravelling… | Jacob Sudol
Adas (US premire) | Guillermo Carbó
Fragmented Light (world premiere) | Orlando Jacinto Garcia
String Quartet #2 | Bernard Rands
Award-winning Japanese composer, Koji Nakano became the first composer to receive the S&R Washington Award Grand Prize in 2008. Since then, Nakano has been recognized as one of the major voices among Asian composers of his generation. His work reflects the relationship between beauty, form and imperfection through the formality of music. As a composer and an educator, his musical activities have included community service and outreach to help bridge Western and non-Western musical cultures. His recent work strives to merge several musical traditions and also make reference to theatre, philosophy, rituals and spirituality in a series of compositions entitled Time Song.
Nakano has composed more than fifty works, including solo pieces, chamber works, symphonic movements, operas, and concerti for piano and violin. His compositions have been premiered in USA, Canada, Australia, Holland, Austria, Belgium, Lithuania, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand, and Cambodia. His music has been also performed at such venues as Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Jordan Hall, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Smithsonian Museum, Vilnius Congress Hall, Tokyo Wonder Site, and Taiwan National Concert Hall, as well as Tanglewood, Aspen, Bowdoin and Vancouver music festivals.
Nakano teaches composition as a full-time faculty in composition at Burapha University in Thailand and has been a Guest Professor for the School of Music at Taipei National University of the Arts in Taiwan since 2011. At Burapha, he is the Director of International Programs for the Annual Music and Performing Arts International Festival and the Artistic Director of Experimental Thai Music and Dance Laboratory for Young Composers.