About The Show
JPN NYC features five accomplished Japanese composers based in New York City. The program will be performed by a unique ensemble which includes, the traditional Japanese instrument, Koto, Guitar, Piano, Cello, Violin and Soprano. Through the program, the audience will experience the new sound of Japanese chamber music beyond the influences of Zen, Noh, and Kabuki.
Sayo Kosugi, a recipient of Palmer Dixon Prize from The Juilliard School composed “Spiraling Sparks” for Violin and Piano in 2014, which will be performed by Drew Spradlin and Lavinia Pavlish. Miho Hazama, a winner of the 2011 ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composer Award, arranged her original music “Introduction and Fuga” for violin, cello and piano. Composer & Koto player, Kento Iwasaki, a recipient of the 2014 Boston Metro Opera Merit Award, will perform his own music, “Misuzu Suite” with singer/violinist, Hirona Amamiya. Also, an award winning cello & guitar duo, Duo Anova, will world premiere “Where It Begins, Where It All Ends” by Goya Masatora, a recipient of Jerome Fund for New Music. In addition, we have Aya Nishina’s Flora that will be projected and play through computer.
You can find more about JPN NYC at <a href="http://jpnnyc.com" target="blank">jpnnyc.com</a>.
About the Composers
<strong>Miho Hazama</strong> (<a href="http://www.jamrice.co.jp/miho/en/" target="blank">www.jamrice.co.jp/miho/en/</a>): A winner of the 2011 ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composer Award, Ms. Hazama participated in the Metropole Orkest Arranger’s Workshop in the Netherlands where her arrangements were conducted by Vince Mendoza and performed by the Metropole Orkest. Originally from Tokyo, Japan, New York-based jazz composer Miho Hazama began playing piano and electric organ at age 5 and started studying classical composition at age 13.
<strong>Sayo Kosugi</strong> (<a href="http://www.sayokosugi.com" target="blank">www.sayokosugi.com</a>): Composer, Sayo Kosugi, acclaimed for her “extraordinary sensibility and universal appeal,” (Ad Lib. Magazine), is recognized as one of Japan’s leading composers of her generation. With an enviable international reputation earned through several high-profile commissions for stage and screen worldwide, Ms. Kosugi has fulfilled prestigious projects, including those offered and dedicated to the Imperial Court of Japan, along with orchestral and chamber music commissions from soloists and ensembles in Europe and the U.S.A.. She was recently awarded Palmer Dixon Prize from The Juilliard School for the most outstanding composition of 2013 -14.
<strong>Aya Nishina</strong> (<a href="http://www.ayanishina.org" target="blank">www.ayanishina.org</a>): Composer Aya Nishina is a native of Sendai City, Japan, and has lived in New York City since 2001. Born with synesthesia, Aya draws her inspiration from diverse forms of visual art and her experiences in the natural world. She has worked with her mentors including John Zorn, Ryuichi Sakamoto and has collaborated with organizations such as UNICEF, Canadian Opera Company, California Academy of Sciences, Electronic Music Foundation, and Spoleto USA.
<strong>Kento Iwasaki</strong> (<a href="http://www.kentomusic.com" target="blank">www.kentomusic.com</a>): Japanese-Canadian composer Kento Iwasaki’s music is described as “setting the example for what composers should do” and “clearly expressing the Japanese cultural voice” by composer Zhao Jiping. He has been awarded composer residencies with the Atlantic Center for the Arts and First Beijing International Composition Workshop.
<strong>Masatora Goya</strong> (<a href="http://www.masatoragoya.com" target="blank">www.masatoragoya.com</a>): Masatora Goya is a composer writing extensively in the areas of chamber music and theater. Trained as a vocal performer first, he explores the musical landscape of drama, space, and emotion. His unique eclecticism has attracted many musicians performing in unorthodox chamber ensembles, such as Alturas Duo, Duo Anova, Bateira Trio, Liberte Mandolin Orchestra, Cross Island, Melanie Chirignan, and Thomas Piercy. Masatora is a recipient of the 2013 ASCAP Plus Award, the 2012 Jerome Fund for New Music, and the 2011-2012 Diversity Doctoral Fellowship at SUNY Purchase.
About the Performers
<strong>Duo Anova</strong> (cello & guitar), Susan Mandel & Kenji Haba (<a href="http://www.duoanova.com" target="blank">www.duoanova.com</a>): An award winning ensemble, Duo Anova is a cello and guitar duo based in New York City. Members Susan Mandel (cello) and Kenji Haba (guitar) met in 2012 and immediately bonded over their passion for contemporary music and their animated sense of humor. Duo Anova won honorable mention award in 2014 SMIA chamber music competition. In 2014, Duo Anova made its debut at prestigious Carnegie Hall presented by Composer’s Voice, and praised as “striking compatibility” by New Music for 21st Century.
<strong>Drew Spradlin</strong> (piano): Drew Spradlin, classical pianist, is from Snead, Alabama. Drew made his international debut in 2010 at the Echizen International Music Festival in Echizen. In 2011 Drew won first prize in the AFMC Collegiate Competition, located at Samford University, Alabama. He currently resides in New York City and pursues many avenues of music including choral and vocal accompaniment as well as electronic composition and performance.
<strong>Lavinia Pavlish</strong> (violin): Lavinia Pavlish is a New York City based violinist who has embarked upon a wide range of musical pursuits. She has performed as a soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra in a young people’s concert series and has performed as a chamber musician in NYC's Museum of Modern Art, Guggenheim Museum, Alice Tully Hall, and Carnegie Hall. Ms. Pavlish has studied with Paul Kantor, Almita Vamos, and Naoko Tanaka, and holds her degrees from Northwestern University and Juilliard.
<strong>Kento Iwasaki</strong> (koto): Kento is also an active performer of koto (Japanese floor harp) and shamisen (Japanese banjo). Last summer, he was awarded Columbia's Hogaku Mentor-Protégé Program to study with koto master Satomi Fukami in an intensive six-week program. Kento recently completed a master's degree at the Manhattan School of Music under the tutelage of Richard Danielpour. He is currently working on “SHINJU”, a Japanese-themed grand opera about a mermaid adopted by humans.
<strong>Hirona Amamiya</strong> (violin/soprano): Soprano/Violinist, Hirona Amamiya has completed professional studies for classical voice at Manhattan School of Music under the tutorage of Joan Patenaude-Yarnell. She embraces a range of repertoire from Baroque music to contemporary music. Her recent and upcoming performances include solo recital at Shetler’s Studio, Papagena (Die Zauberflöte) at Carnegie Weill Recital Hall, and Zerlina (Le Nozze di Figaro) at Bruno Walter Auditorium. Ms. Amamiya was born in Tokyo, to a musical family. She holds Bachelor’s degree in Violin and Master’s degree in Voice from Manhattan School of Music.