Hub New Music With Special Guest Kojiro Umezaki

@ Soka Performing Arts Center

Sunday November 6, 2022

03:00 PM - 5:30 pm

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**This event has been rescheduled for Sunday, November 6, 2022, at 3 PM**

“go, listen, and be changed” – The Boston Globe

Called “contemporary chamber trailblazers” by the Boston Globe, Hub New Music – composed of flute, clarinet, violin, and cello – is forging new pathways in the 21st-century repertoire. The ensemble’s ambitious commissioning projects and “appealing programs” (New Yorker) celebrate the rich diversity of today’s classical music landscape. Its performances have been described as “gobsmacking” (Cleveland Classical), “innovative” (WBUR), and “the cutting edge of new classical music” (Taos News).

Hub’s 2021-22 highlights include concerts presented by the Morgan Library and Museum, Celebrity Series of Boston, Seattle Symphony, Soka Performing Arts Center, and Williams Center for the Performing Arts. Season residencies include visits to Baylor, Portland State, Illinois State, and Georgetown universities. The coming season brings premieres of new works by Nathalie Joachim, Laura Kaminsky, and Nina C. Young. In fall 2021, the Library of Congress presents the “virtual premiere” of Hub’s collaboration with composer Carlos Simon, Requiem for the Enslaved, which will tour in 2022-23. Simon’s large-scale work honors the lives of 272 slaves sold by Georgetown University (where Simon serves on the faculty) in 1838 and features spoken-word artist Marco Pavé, trumpeter Jared Bailey, and Simon on piano.


Noted by The New York Times as a “virtuosic, deeply expressive shakuhachi player and composer” and the LA Times as one of the “better-kept secrets of Southern California music,” Kojiro Umezaki (梅崎康二郎) has performed regularly with the Silkroad Ensemble since 2001 with whom he appears on multiple recordings including the Grammy Award-winning Sing Me HomeA Playlist Without BordersOff the Map, and the Grammy-nominated 2015 documentary film, The Music of Strangers, directed by Morgan Neville. In a Circle Records released (Cycles), an album of original work, in 2014. Other notable recordings as performer, composer, and/or producer include Brooklyn Rider’s Dominant Curve, Yo-Yo Ma’s Appassionato, Nicole Mitchell’s Mandorla Awakening II, Kei Akagi’s Aqua PuzzleThe Silk Road: A Musical Caravan (Smithsonian Folkways), and Huun Huur Tu’s Ancestors Call. Born to a Japanese father and Danish mother, Umezaki grew up in Tokyo and continues to explore global and hybrid practices in music.

Chad Cannon, Death Masks
Kojiro Umezaki, Tied Together by Twilight
Takuma Itoh, Faded Aura
Sun-Young Park, 月光Moonlight
Angel Lam, River Whispers

Michael Avitabile, flute
Nicholas Brown, clarinet 
Alyssa Wang, violin 
Jesse Christenson, cello

Special Guest Kojiro Umezaki, shakuhachi

Sunday November 06, 2022

3:00 pm - 5:30 pm

All Ages

Cover: $27.00

Cover Notes: $27-$55