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Wrapping up 2021 and looking forward to 2022

One of the most rewarding musical experiences of the year 2021 was to visit Tokyo in the summer (during the pandemic, no less) to conduct a portrait concert of Makoto Shinohara in July. Earlier in the year, the Mizzou New Music Ensemble (with guests!) and I kept busy with George Lewis’s formidable Les Exercices Spirituels, the livestream of which the composer tuned in from Berlin well after midnight!

My first semester as a Director of the Mizzou New Music Ensemble concluded successfully with their concert on December 5. There will be three concerts with the Ensemble coming up in the 2022 Spring Semester.

I’ve maintained very busy composing schedule. While it is too early to announce publicly, there are some exciting projects coming up, including one (or maybe two) project(s) that may take me to Berlin in the fall of 2022. Stay tuned.

My publisher Edition Gravis and I have been busy publishing works written in the past several years. A few pieces have now been in print, including Gz – a Vuza Canon for Tenor Recorder and Shakuhachi, Gz III, for bass clarinet and bassoon and PmuD I for flute and piano. More coming soon, including the corrected version of my 2010/13 Départ dans…

Several clarinet playing projects kept me busy this year, too, including a video premiere of Oswald Huỳnh’s Aubade with Ashen Clouds, Scarlet Sky, several electronics-improvisaion acts (here and here) with Daniel Vega and/or Santiago Beis, among others. In 2022 I look forward to several more clarinet-related projects, including working with the Mizzou New Music Ensemble to play a new work by Santiago Beis. I look forward to working with bassoonist Leigh Muñoz again to play my Gz III (Version 1), then recording Version 2 together in the summer.

I am above all very grateful to all those who supported me during the year in order to bring these projects to fruition. Wishing you all good health during this season, and see you sometime next year. — YO

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Upcoming Events

February 27, 2022
Conducting: Mizzou New Music Ensemble
Sinquefield Music Center, Univ. of Missouri School of Music

April 24, 2022
Conducting: Mizzou New Music Ensemble
Sinquefield Music Center, Univ. of Missouri School of Music

May 3, 2022
Conducting: Mizzou New Music Ensemble
Sheldon Concert Hall, St. Louis
Repertoire TBA


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