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Provost's Imagine Fund for Arts and Humanities

Performance and Premiere of new composition at IDRS Tokyo 2015

The International Double Reed Society (IDRS) is the largest organization serving performers, teachers and makers of double reed instruments in the world. Each year, the organization holds its annual conference at different sites throughout the world. Past locations include New Zealand, Australia, France, Brazil, and throughout the United States (most recently in New York City). This is the first IDRS convention to be hosted anywhere in Asia and will be one of the largest attended conferences in its history. I have established myself in the national and international bassoon community as a performer of new music that is challenging for the performer, but accessible to the audience. As a proponent of this aesthetic, which includes jazz and other popular musical elements combined with traditional forms and performance technique, I have actively concertized around the country and the world in order to promote the commissioned works I have helped create. Working with composers to create new compositions that reflect our time is important in building a new, virtuoso repertoire for the future. My experience with this process helps insure its success and this venue provides the platform for exposure to many of the world's performers at once. I will perform a recital of works for bassoon and percussion at the IDRS Tokyo conference featuring the compositions and performance of composer/percussionist Gene Koshinski. This project features a newly-commissioned work for this combination that will be premiered at the IDRS convention. This new composition, "Reflections", is a 14-minute work and a beautiful new addition to the repertoire for bassoon and marimba. On return to the US, we will perform this work and seek out publication.

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