Academic Committee, Third International Symposium of Contemporary Music Research “Contemporary Music, Present and Future,” Department of Ethnomusicology, Nanhua University, Taiwan
Moderator, Session 3: Paper Presentations by Dr. Sam Cave and Dr. Bruce Crossman, Third International Symposium of Contemporary Music Research “Contemporary Music, Present and Future,” Department of Ethnomusicology, Nanhua University, Taiwan, 13:40-15:10, May 27
Guest Lecturer, lecture on my music with the topic of cross-disciplinary work, MFA Course “Innovation from Tradition,” Faculty of Music and Performing Arts, Burapha University, Thailand, 9:00-12:00, July 22
Guest Lecturer, lecture on new possibilities for cross-disciplinary collaboration, MFA Course “Innovation from Tradition,” Faculty of Music and Performing Arts, Burapha University, Thailand, 13:00-16:00, July 22
Guest Composer, lecture on Japanese aesthetics, Pai Chai University, Daejeon, South Korea, 13:30-14:45, October 17
Guest Composer, lecture on my music, Pai Chai University, Daejeon, South Korea, 15:00-16:15, October 17
Guest Composer, lecture on my music, Ewha Womans University, South Korea, 19:00-21:00, October 18
Guest Composer, world premiere “Sakura Line in the Sky” for solo flute with pantomime, the 6th Jeju International Contemporary Music Festival, South Korea, October 19
Guest Composer, Composition Master Class, University of Seoul, 17:00-19:00, October 24
Guest Composer, lecture on my music for undergraduate student, Department of Korean Music, Seoul National University, 10:00-11:00, October 25
Guest Composer, lecture on my music for graduate student, Department of Korean Music, Seoul National University, 13:00-14:00, October 25
Guest Composer, lecture on my music, Department of Composition, Ewha Womans University, South Korea, 17:00-18:30, October 25
Recipient of 2023 ASCAP Plus Award, ASCAP, NYC, USA
New work for wind quintet, online performance as part of the Commission for Community Challenge for 80th Anniversary of the Composers Conference, MA, USA
As a composer, a scholar and an educator, my musical activities have included community service and outreach to help bridge Eastern and Western musical cultures. My music strives to merge both musical traditions and also makes references to theatre, philosophy, rituals and spirituality.
Over a decade ago, I created the term “living composition.” For me, the word “living” means transforming over time as if nature changes every hour, day, month and throughout seasons. The purpose of creating such a “living” composition is to capture an ever-changing beauty in nature, which amuses, inspires and surprises us everyday.
As an Asian composer, I have written a variety of living compositions and the majority of them were co-created through collaborations with the performers. The concept of living composition reflects the relationship between beauty, form, and imperfection through the formality of performing arts in Asia and beyond.
In 2008, Dr. Nakano became the first composer to receive the S&R Washington Award Grand Prize from the S&R Foundation in USA. His portrait concert has been presented at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and at Tenri Cultural Institute of New York, among other venues.
In the winter quarter of 2013, Dr. Nakano was a visiting faculty member at the University of California at Santa Cruz, where he taught world music composition. He has also been a guest professor in composition at Taipei National University of the Arts, National Taiwan University of Arts, and Seoul National University. In 2016, Dr. Nakano was named the Scripps Erma Taylor O’Brien Distinguished Visiting Professor at Scripps College in the U.S.
From 2012 to 2021, Dr. Nakano taught composition as a full-time faculty member of the Faculty of Music and Performing Arts at Burapha University in Thailand, where he was the Head of International Affairs. At Burapha, he was also Director of International Programs for Burapha's Music and Performing Arts International Festival and directed the Experimental Thai MusicLaboratory for Young Composers.
Co-founder of the Asian Young Musicians’ Connection (AYMC), Dr. Nakano commissions emerging composers to create music that is performed by worldwide professional musicians at AYMC’s regular concerts and workshops.