"When planning the Composer Portraits, we collaborate with the composer and ensemble to decide what repertoire to feature. Did you know that the ideal length is 60-65 minutes of music? With a composer like Dai, who has written an incredible number of beautiful works, it meant there was a lot of great music left out of his Portrait. One piece I especially like is Vanishing Point, a short piece for ensemble written in 2004. This work is scored for 18 musicians, including 4 percussionists! The bowed vibraphone at the beginning is an orchestration technique that always draws my interest – and I immediately want to see how the musicians are creating the effect."
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"The second piece is The Spirit of Beings, for cello and electronics. I would love to share this in a future Miller Pop-Up concert. The work was composed for cellist Matthew Barley’s Britten Centenary tour, to be performed in over 30 different venues. The four movements – Aria, Floating, Awakening, Unending – can be performed in a sequence of the performer’s choosing."
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Photo by Chris Terry for Miller Theatre
Explore more online at Dai Fujikura’s website.
Photo of Melissa Smey by Kyle Dorosz for Miller Theatre.