Since I have had a strong interest in (particularly traditional) Japanese culture for many years and have been influenced by certain aspects of Japanese literature, music and aesthetics in my own compositions, I felt it was about time I spent a significant amount of time in the country, learning the language and engaging with the culture. I am determined to learn at least one traditional Japanese instrument (shakuhachi and biwa are high up my list!) and will spend my work placement in the fields of composition and music in a community and theraputic setting. Excited doesn't even cover it! I shall document my experiences in a separate blog: FRANJAPAN - the link can be found above.
In other news, Gavin Osborn shall be performing my piece 'Far From Arcadia' for flute and fixed media at the RMA Conference, University of Birmingham, Eldar Concert Hall, Wednesday 9th September as part of the Trio Atem concert. Looking forward to it!