solo shakuhachi (2013)
Performed by Elizabeth Brown
June 27, 2020
Commissioned by: European Shakuhachi Society
Premiere: July 27, 2013 by Kiku Day
European Shakuhachi Society Summer School, Barcelona, Spain
The juniper tree is considered a symbol of longevity, strength, athleticism, and fertility. The trees are widely dispersed throughout the northern hemisphere, and while they take numerous shapes and sizes, I am most familiar with the types used in bonsai. I think of this piece for shakuhachi as a sonic bonsai tree; a contemplative work, carefully grown and sculpted for a complex and beautiful instrument. Small in appearance, yet innately powerful.