Composer in Residence, Brush Creek Foundation of the Arts, Wyoming, January 30 to February 24
Panelist, Paper Presentation on Living Composition: A New Approach to Asian Music, Culture and Spirituality, Round Table "Interculturality in East Asian Music: Education, Theory, Practice and Composition" with Dr. Hee Sook Oh, Seoul National University; Dr. Christopher Hasty; and Dr. Nancy Yunhwa Rao, Rutgers University, 20th Quinquennial Congress of the International Musicological Society (IMS), Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan, March 20
Guest Composer, Two Lectures on my music, Pai Chai University, Daejeon, South Korea, 1-3pm, April 11 and 12
Guest Composer, Lecture entitled Creative Approaches to Contemporary Asian Music Performance, Department of Korean Music, 6:00-7:20pm, Seoul National University, South Korea, April 13
World Premiere, "Spring Breathes V" for saenghwang, piri, taepyeongso and string quartet, Gamin and Arz Ensemble, National Gugak Center, Seoul Korea, April 14
Guest Composer, Jeju National University, Jeju Island, Seoul Korea, 7-9pm, April 17
Guest Composer, Lecture entitled Collaboration with Nature and the Environment, 2017 China-ASEAN New Music Week Summit, Guangxi National Palace Concert Hall, Nanning, China, 9:30am-12pm, May 28
World Premiere, "Spring Breathes"- Double Concerto for two Thai classical musicians and Chinese orchestra, conductor Liu Chun, Chinese Orchestra of Guangxi Arts University, Closing Concert, 2017 China-ASEAN New Music Week, Guangxi National Palace Concert Hall, Nanning, China, May 31
Guest Composer, Lecture entitled Discussion of My Recent Works: Tracing Asian Cultural Legacies and Traditional Sensibilities in “Time Song V: Mandala” and “Imagined Sceneries,” Department of Composition, Taipei National University of the Arts, Taiwan, 1:30-3:00pm, June 2
Guest Composer, Lecture entitled Towards the Preservation and Development of Traditional Music of Various Countries-From the Angle of World Music Development, Department of Chinese Music, National Taiwan University of Arts, New Taipei City, Taiwan, 10:10 to 12:00, June 6
Guest Composer, Talented Music Program, National Chingshuei Senior High School, Taichung, Taiwan, June 6-7
World Premiere, "Spring Breathes IV" for Chinese musical instruments, Little Giant Chamber Chinese Orchestra, MUPA-Taiwan Concert, National Recital Hall, Taipei, Taiwan, June 8
General Manager/Composition Faculty Member, Nirmita Composers Workshop, Silpakorn University, Bangkok, July 13-20
"Worldscape IV" for piano and pre-recorded sounds, pianist Shannon Wettstein Sadler, Nirmita Composers Workshop, Chulalongkorn Art Centre , Bangkok, July 19
Guest Composer, a series of lectures and workshops, School of Humanities and Communication Arts, University of Western Sydney, Australia, July 29 to August 12
World Premiere, "Spring Breathes VI" for daegeum and percussion, Creativity Unlimited Music Festival 2017, Hyelim Kim (daegeum) and Claire Edwards (marimba), Playhouse Theatre University of Western Sydney, Australia, August 11
Guest Composer, Malaysia Premiere of "After the Gentle Wind..." for solo flute by Daisuke Kino-Shita, SoundBridge Contemporary Music Festival 2017, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, October 6
Guest Speaker, panel discussion on "The Trend of Cross-Media in Contemporary Music III," SoundBridge Contemporary Music Festival 2017, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, October 7
Panelist, Symposium on Chinary Ung Celebration 75, Conrad Prebys Music Center, Recital Hall 127, University of California at San Diego, 4pm, November 14
Moderated by Amy Cimini
Dr. Yayoi Uno Everett
Buddhism and Reflexive Globalization in Chinary Ung’s
Dr. Adam Greene
Chinary Ung’s “Singing Inside Aura” Project: Variation,
Recontextualization, and Recomposition in Three Recent Scores
Dr. Koji Nakano
Tracing Cultural Legacies and Traditional Sensibilities in the "Futuristic Folk Music" of Chinary Ung
Guest Composer, Undergraduate Composition Seminar, University of California, San Diego, 2-5pm, November 15
Paper Presentation on Living Composition: The Creative Practice and Performance, International Symposium on Practice-as-Research, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, 9am, December 6
Guest Composer, Talented Music Program, National Chingshuei Senior High School, Taichung, Taiwan, December 11-12
Guest Composer, Lecture and Panel Discussion, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan, 1:20-3pm, December 21
World Premiere, "Spiritual Forest" commissioned by Taipei Chamber Singers, Music Unlimited Program, National Recital Hall, Taipei, Taiwan, 7:30pm, December 22
Recipient of 2017 ASCAPlus Award, ASCAP, USA.
World Premiere, "Spring Breathes VII" for Korean, Japanese, Chinese and Western instruments with new choreographed Thai dance, commissioned by Hong Kong Asian Young Musicians' Connection, Hong Kong, September 27-30
World Premiere, opera "Spiritual Forest," CSUSB Opera Theater Program, Recital Hall, California State University, San Bernardino, Spring (TBA)
Award-winning composer Koji Nakano’s compositions reflect the relationship between beauty, form, and imperfection through the formality of music. He is recognized as one of the major voices among Asian composers of his generation.
Dr. Nakano obtained his Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in composition from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. From 2002 to 2003, he studied with Dutch composer Louis Andriessen in Amsterdam and at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague as the Japanese Government Overseas Study Program Artist. In 2006, he received his Ph.D. in composition from the University of California at San Diego.
In 2008, Dr. Nakano became the first composer to receive the S&R Washington Award Grand Prize. 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, he was named the Scripps Erma Taylor O’Brien Distinguished Visiting Professor at Scripps College in the U.S.
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 annual concerts, lectures, and workshops. Currently, he is the Head of International Affairs for the Faculty of Music and Performing Arts at Burapha University in Thailand, where he teaches composition as a full-time faculty member. At Burapha, he is also Director of International Programs for the Annual Music and Performing Arts International Festival and directs the Experimental Thai Music Laboratory for Young Composers.
“A haunting work” -New York Times