Shakuhachi Duos from Isle Royale

two shakuhachi (2005)

Elizabeth Brown and Ralph Samuelson, shakuhachi

duration: 7:35

program note

Shakuhachi Duos from Isle Royale was written during an artist residency in Isle Royale National Park, a US Biosphere Reserve in the middle of Lake Superior. The two movements are modeled on traditional Kinko School shakuhachi gestures, and use the slightly overlapping phrase form of the famous shakuhachi duet Shika no Tone. The piece is dedicated to Ralph Samuelson, who performed the premiere with the composer at Roulette in New York City in 2006.