Promethean News added by promethean on 19 May 2011 tag | report
John Psathas' new work Kyoto, for percussion ensemble, will be premiered by the Ju Percussion Group at the 2011 Taipei International Percussion Convention (TIPC) on 20 May in Taipei, Taiwan. The Ju Percussion Group, who commissioned the work, will perform it as part of the opening concert. A trienniel festival since 1992, the 2011 TIPC features 26 concerts by thirteen groups from ten different countries. Psathas is attending the festival as guest composer. Kyoto was commissioned by the Ju Percussion Group to mark their 25th Anniversary. The work title refers to the recording of an improvisation by pianist Keith Jarret that took place in Kyoto on November 5th, 1976. Acknowledging the influence of this recording, Psathas says, 'This improvisation of Jarrett's is, more than anything, the piece that woke the composer in me, and set me on this journey of creating my own music for others.
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