Work for String Quartet and Percussion
October 20th, 2016 at the University of Iowa
With Guest Artist Yousif Sheronick
This project, Megalopolis for string quartet and percussion, explores the explosion of cross-cultural influence that has redefined and, at times, erased the boundaries between 21st century musical styles.
Using worldwide hyper-urbanization as a metaphor, this work will examine the conflicts, altered traditions, and emergent beauty inherent in the ever-shifting notion of cultural identity.
Juxtaposing the iconic string quartet ensemble with hand percussion instruments from equally rich, yet completely diverse traditions will be a visually, as well as aurally striking means to explore this topic.
Images from the Premiere in Iowa
Other Works by Kenji