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Wooden Fish Ensemble – April 12, 2015

Boudewijn Buckinx Linvisibilite (1986, US Premiere); and The Floating World (2004)Hyo-shin Na Koto, Piano (2014); Piano Study 1 (1997); Piano Study 3 (2001); Dirge (1997); After Walking (2014, US Premiere); and The Sky Was Beyond Description (2014, World Premiere)The Wooden Fish Ensemble will program the music of the distinguished Belgian composer Boudewijn Buckinx on the occasion of his 70th birthday. Buckinx, who studied with Stockhausen and wrote his PhD dissertation on the music of Cage, has produced a large body of work over five decades and is considered to be one of Europe’s most iconoclastic composers. In the U.S. his music has been the focus of the June in Buffalo festival at The University at Buffalo and has been championed by the pianists Thomas Schultz and Daan Vandewalle. In 2004, Buckinx composed his large scale work for solo piano The Floating World for Thomas Schultz. Schultz, who is a founding member of the Wooden Fish Ensemble, will play this landmark work at the April concert. Also programmed are pieces by Buckinx for koto and percussion, and koto and violin. Also for this concert, Hyo-shin Na will compose two new works: After Walking for piano solo (in honor of Boudewijn Buckinx) and The Sky Was Beyond Description for koto and bass koto, with both instruments played by one instrumentalist. Na has composed numerous pieces for koto and bass koto separately; the April Wooden Fish concert features this major new work for the two instruments together.

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