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UH Mānoa Hosts Korean Music Conference

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The UH Mānoa Music Department hosts a conference entitled New Traditions: An International Exchange in Contemporary Music for Korean Instruments, February 16–19, 2017. The event is produced with support from the Center for Korean Studies at UH Mānoa. Visiting Korean instrument virtuosi from the US mainland and abroad will lead workshops on 21st century notational trends, traditional performance practices, and contemporary techniques. The conference …

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Shanghai International Art Music Collaboration

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UH Mānoa Composition graduate student Chris Molina worked alongside composers from Shanghai Conservatory, Yale University, the University of Cambridge, and from Poland and New Zealand to participate in the second annual Hearing China collaboration. From November 10–16, 2016, composers attended workshop training on Chinese instruments, an afternoon performance at the Shanghai Kunqu Opera Center, and daily interviews for a future …

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UH Mānoa Graduate Presents Japan Fusion Concert

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Star performers from UH Mānoa present a one-time-only concert fusing Japanese bamboo flute with Chinese and Japanese zithers at the Doris Duke Theater September 17th at 7pm. Chris Molina (shakuhachi) is joined by Darin Miyashiro (koto) and Yi-chieh Lai (guzheng), as well as shakuhachi experts Steven Taizen Casano and Robert Herr. The program mixes pop, rock, and art music with …

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UH Welcomes Pro Musica Nipponia

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In March 2016 UH Mānoa hosted a weeklong residency featuring the exceptional musicianship of the renowned Tokyo-based Japanese instrument ensemble Pro Musica Nipponia. Each year the UH Mānoa Composition Area arranges for a residency of visiting performers of East Asian instruments, a project that has been one of the cornerstones of Music Department culture at UH Mānoa for the past …

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Byron Yasui’s ‘Ukulele Concerto Premiered by Jake Shimabukuro

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Music fans of multiple stripes were given a treat this past June with the world premiere of professor emeritus Byron Yasui’s Concerto for ‘Ukulele and Orchestra, Campanella. International superstar Jake Shimabukuro took the stage with the Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of JoAnn Falletta, to the thrill of the audience. Yasui’s exciting and intricately crafted score ranged from sublimely …

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Chinese Music Virtuosi Residency at UH Mānoa Music Department

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In February the University of Hawai‘i, Mānoa Music Department and the East-West Center hosted the Chinese Music Virtuosi, an ensemble made up of some of Hong Kong’s finest performers and teachers. The group, which performs on traditional Chinese instruments, has toured extensively performing both contemporary and traditional repertoire. While at UH Mānoa, the ensemble took part in a number of presentations …

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eighth blackbird in residence at UH Music Department

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On February 9 & 10, 2015, the UH Mānoa Music Department, in partnership with the Honolulu Chamber Music Series, hosted the acclaimed three-time Grammy-winning new music ensemble eighth blackbird for a series of workshops. Since their founding in 1996, eight blackbird has been on the forefront of commissioning and performing new works from some of the leading composers of today.  Their stay in Hawaiʻi also included …