Singing Trees (Requiem for Toru Takemitsu)
Somon-ka (US Premiere)
Eco Ensemble, UC Berkeley’s ensemble-in-residence, specializes in performances of works by living composers and is directed by new-music champion and music department faculty member David Milnes. This season’s Cal Performances concert showcases the music of Toshio Hosokawa, among Japan’s pre-eminent living composers, who will be a guest of the music department in February 2022 as the distinguished Bloch Lecturer. The program features the UC Berkeley Chamber Chorus, led by Wei Cheng, and acclaimed koto player Kyoko Kawamura in a selection of works that reflect the composer’s interest in traditional Japanese arts such as calligraphy and gagaku as sources of musical inspiration.