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Buddhist Temple in Japan
Written in:
Recorder (bass, tenor, soprano) and electronics
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Written in memory of the calligrapher Masanori Taki.


Premiered on 2nd September 2013 in Echizen-shi Bunka Center, Takefu, Japan at the Takefu International Music Festival by Tosiya Suzuki.

Programme Note

This score was written in response to a request by Tosiya Suzuki after our enriching collaboration in 2006 when I was a visiting composer at the Takefu Intenatinal Music Festival.

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During my visit in 2006, several memorable experiences have stayed with me through the years. One was the extraordinary Buddhist temple of Eihei-ji and the strong spirituality that I took with me after visiting. This wonderful place inspires the title. I will never forget the wonderful hospitality and conversation with Masanori Taki and his wife Ikue at there home in Takefu. When I learned of his passing away I wanted to dedicate this piece to his memory.