Devon Osamu Tipp presents at UCLA's Asian Performing Arts on Stage and on Screen Conference

Pitt Music Department's Devon Osamu Tipp will be presenting a lecture recital at UCLA's Asian Performing Arts on Stage and on Screen Conference on May 14 at 11:15 PDT. The presentation will culminate in the virtual premiere of Tipp's composition Kanibarugaku wo Kangaetara/When I think of the Crab Fields for an ensemble of traditional japanese instruments. The presentation is viewable remotely with registration.

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Pittsburgh based composer/performer Devon Osamu Tipp creates unorthodox musical environments from ostensibly incompatible realms. A PhD candidate at the University of Pittsburgh, Tipp’s music draws influence from his Japanese and Eastern European roots, his experiences as a jeweler and painter, and his studies of gagaku and hogaku in Japan and the US. His compositions focus on rhythmic and timbral transmutation of cyclical materials, ranging from the orchestral, to string basses prepared with honey stirrers, to concerti for traditional Japanese instruments. He received his BMus from Montclair State University, where he studied composition and microtonal music with Dean Drummond, and shakuhachi with Elizabeth Brown. His music has been performed by microtonal specialists Kjell Tore Innervik, Veli Kujala and Tolgahan Çogulu. He has also worked with Rarescale, the Thin Edge New Music Collective, the TAK Ensemble, and members of Avanti! Chamber Orchestra. His compositions have been featured at the Soundscape Festival, Bowdoin Festival, Beyond 2020: Microtonal Music Festival, and the 2021 International Shakuhachi Festival in Prague. For more information, please visit