Composer Elizabeth Brown, who has played shakuhachi for more than 30 years, will talk about its deep influence on her music. She will perform her recent solo Dialect as well as a piece from the traditional solo repertoire, which sounds radical even today.
Elizabeth Brown combines a composing career with a diverse performing life, playing flute, shakuhachi, and theremin in a wide variety of musical circles. Her music has been heard in Japan, the Soviet Union, Colombia, Australia, South Africa and Vietnam as well as across the US and Europe, and includes many compositions for traditional Japanese instruments. Recent activities include Tokyo performances ichigenkin player Issui Minegishi; premiering Dialect, for solo shakuhachi, at the World Shakuhachi Festival 2018 in London; playing theremin with the Boston Symphony; and playing flute with the New York City Ballet orchestra. She will perform A Bookmobile for Dreamers, a collaboration with artist Lothar Osterburg, at Portugal's Vivarium Festival in March.
A Juilliard graduate and Guggenheim Fellowship recipient, Brown has received grants, awards and commissions from Orpheus, St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble, Newband, Asian Cultural Council, Japan/US Friendship Commission, Japan Foundation, Music from Japan, NewMusicUSA, and NYFA. She was a Fellow at Bellagio and at the MacDowell Colony, and Artist-in-Residence at the Hanoi National Conservatory and in Grand Canyon National Park. Her CD Elizabeth Brown: Mirage is available from New World Records.
You can find out more about Elizabeth Brown's work at ElizabethBrownComposer.com.
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