Summary | Artist Statement | Profiles


Creators:


Hiroya Miura (b.1975), a native of Sendai, Japan, has been active as a composer and performer in the U.S. and Canada.  Acclaimed by Allan Kozinn of New York Times as “acidic and tactile,” his compositional output typically mirrors his multiple musical roles, and creates “the charm resulting from continuous changes of balance.”  Miura has composed works for Speculum Musicae, New York New Music Ensemble, American Composers Orchestra, and Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, and members of Reigakusha (Gagaku ensemble based in Tokyo), which were performed in venues such as Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, Annenberg Center, and Smithsonian Institution’s Freer Gallery, Centro Cultural MOCA (Buenos Aires), and Sogakudo Hall (Tokyo).  He is also a founding member of the electronic improvisation unit, No One Receiving, whose debut album from the Grain of Sound has won critical acclaim in Europe and the United States.   He holds D.M.A. degree from Columbia University, and he is Assistant Professor of Music at Bates College, where he teaches music theory and composition, and directs the College Orchestra.

Peter Bussigel (b. 1981) is a composer and digital media artist working at the intersection of sound, video, and performance. He studied music composition at the University of Michigan, video art at NYU, and is currently working towards a Ph.D in multimedia and electronic music experiments at Brown University. His video, sound, and installation work has been exhibited and performed throughout North America and Europe including performances at the International Computer Music Conference, the Pixilerations Festival, and the Tank in NYC. In addition to his experimental practice, Peter also directs promotional videos and short films for a variety of institutions. Peter continues to perform regularly on trumpet, electronics, and various toy instruments.

Performers:


Jun Yamamoto started taking music lessons at age five. After studying piano as a child, he became seriously involved in junior and senior high school wind bands as a flutist. While he was a college student at University of Yamagata in the Department of Education, he fell in love with cello. After he began studying cello with Toshio Kuronuma, a member of Mari Iwamoto Strin Quartet, he secretly vowed to dedicate himself to playing cello for the rest of his life despite the late start he had as a professional performer, Since 1983, he has been a member of the Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra. He has been also active as a chamber musician in Trio Dumka, which has given a total of six piano trio concerts. He is currently Adjunct Porfessor at Shokei Gakuen University.

Masaki Endo, a native of Sendai, started studying piano at age three. He has pursued his musical studies at Toho Gakuen College of Music, where he studied marimba with Keiko Abe; percussion with Mitaka Kobayashi; and chamber music with Akira Miyoshi and Michio Mamiya. At the Fiftieth Concert for New Talents organized annually by the Performer's Alliance, he performed the Concerto for Marimba and String Orchestra with Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also studied composition with Ryuji Sasaki and Hiroshi Kanai, and has written numerous pieces as a composer. His awards include: Third Prize at Chamber Music Competition at Tokyo Contemporary Music Festival, the Honorable Mention at Tokyo Contemporary Music Festival, and Japan Columbia Music Award. He is a founding member and the leader of Percussion Group Sphere, and he has led a versatile career as a soloist, chamber musician, and composer.