Daryl Jamieson


October 2018 - Three concerts

Big news for October – two premières and a performance of one of my most substantial pieces for a solo instrument.

First up, on 6 October at Shoto Salon in Shibuya, Hiroaki Ooi premières my piece through the mist, empty sky (2018). This is part of his Portraits of Composers series, the focus being on composers from North America and including music by Babbitt, Carter, Crumb, Adams, Zorn, and Vivier. The programme note for my piece reads:

A mist gathers and disperses in three distinct layers of musical material. Clusters in the bass give way to individual notes; a melody ranges widely over the keyboard, first accelerating then decelerating; mid-range harmonics colour the soundscape with microtonal nuances of greater, then lesser, complexity.

See more details and reserve tickets at this link (in Japanese).

On 17 October at Tiara Kōtō, Gaku Yamada gives the first performance of utamakura 1: ponds of Nara (cf this video of utamakura 2: Arnardalur, which was premièred on 6 September). Ponds of Nara is my first piece for electric guitar, and I'm still finding my feet with electronics and field recordings, so this piece was quite an experiment for me. An excerpt from the programme notes:

utamakura 1: ponds of Nara is based on three famous Nara ponds – Kasuga Shrine, Sarusawa Pond, and Katsumata Pond – associated with springtime, the love-suicide following an imperial affair, and ephemerality, respectively.

Reserve tickets at this link (in Japanese).

Finally, Nobutaka Yoshizawa reprises my piece plaintive belling which he commissioned, premièred, and recorded in 2013. Plaintive belling was a breakthrough piece for me, the first full compositional expression of my understanding of Nō aesthetics, and still my longest piece to date for any solo instrument (without electronic accompaniment). The autumnally-themed concert will be at Keyaki Hall, Masao Koga Music Museum, Tokyo, on 24 October. For more details, and to purchase tickets, see this link.
Revisit the premiere performance:

Thin Edge New Music Collective in Tokyo

Thin Edge New Music Collective (TENMC), one of Canada’s most innovative young contemporary music groups, is coming to Japan this summer for their first Asian tour. TENMC’s co-directors Cheryl Duvall and Ilana Waniuk will play three concerts in Tokyo and one in Fukui.
They will give many Japanese premieres, as well as the world premiere of my new piece utamakura 2: Arnardalur for video, field recordings, violin and piano. It is based on the work I did in residence in Iceland this spring.

Tokyo Concert 1: CanadaJapan
30 August 2018, 19:00 (doors open at 18:30)
Koen Dori Classics, Shibuya
¥3000 (door +¥500)
  • Brian Harman - Cherry Beach for violin and piano with electronics (Japan Premiere)
  • Kaija Saariaho - Frises for violin and electronics (Japan Premiere)
  • Yuka Shibuya - View from the round window 2 for piano
  • Takahiro Kuroda - Two Bows for violin solo
  • Kotoka Suzuki - Shimmer Tree for piano and electronics (Japan Premiere)
  • Linda Catlin Smith - With Their Shadows Long for violin and piano (Japan Premiere)

Concert in Fukui
2 September 2018, 16:00 (doors open at 15:30)
Kitano Show, Fukui
¥2000 (door +¥500), university students ¥1500, high school or younger ¥1000
  • W.A.Mozart: Sonata in E minor K.304
  • Linda Catlin Smith : With Their shadows long (1997)
  • View from the Round Window 2 (2018)
  • Aram Khachaturian :Trio for clarinet,violin, piano (1932)
  • Takeo Hoshiya: Ancestral Song 2 (2012/2015)
  • and more!

Tokyo Concert 2: Improv
5 September 2018, 19:30 (doors open at 19:00)
ftarri, Suidobashi
Improvisation in collaboration with Miyama McQueen-Tokita (bass koto) and Ko Ishikawa (shō).

Tokyo Concert 3: From sea to sea to sea
6 September 2018, 19:30 (doors open at 19:00)
¥3000 (door +¥500) Drink not included
  • Kenji Sakai - Chasm for violin and piano
  • Daryl Jamieson - utamakura 2: Arnardalur for violin, piano, field recordings and video (World Premiere)
  • Maria de Alvear - Thinking for violin, piano, live video (Japan Premiere)

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2 June - Satoko Inoue's Music Documents 28

My next performed piece will be the Japanese premiere of my Fugue in A-flat, which I wrote in Iceland in March 2018. It will be performed by Satoko Inoue, who also gave the first and second performances in Montréal and Toronto earlier this month. The concert is at Ryogoku Monten Hall, on 2 June 2018, at 4pm (note the early start time).
Contact ticket@monten.jp for tickets.

Hope to see you there!



Tour of Québec and Ontario – April-May 2018

From 30 April - 5 May 2018, I will be in Canada, touring Montréal, Québec, and Toronto with five Japanese musicians and Montréal’s Quatuor Bozzini. Satoko Inoue (piano) and Ko Ishikawa (shō), along with composers Yuka Shibuya, Toshiya Watanabe, and Takeo Hoshiya will spend the week in Canada, sharing music from – and influenced by – Japan over five concerts.

Three of my compositions will be performed. They are:

Stravaig (2017, CP) for shō and piano – performed by Ko Ishikawa and Satoko Inoue – 30 April in Montréal
Stravaig (2017) for shō and piano – performed by Ko Ishikawa and Satoko Inoue – 2 May in Québec
Fugue in A-flat (2018, WP) for piano – performed by Satoko Inoue – 3 May in Montréal
umoregi (if exposed...) (2014-6) for string quartet – performed by Quatuor Bozzini – 3 May in Montréal
Fugue in A-flat (2018) for piano – performed by Satoko Inoue – 4 May in Toronto

Please click on the dates above for move information about venues, times, and prices.

This tour is undertaken with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Japan Foundation.

Ten Scores now Published by Da Vinci Editions

I’m pleased to announce that Da Vinci Editions in Osaka has published ten of my scores, with more to come in the future.

The scores currently published by Da Vinci are:


(2016) 53’ Da Vinci
shō/u, va, vc

In Nomine

(2015) 8’ Da Vinci
shamisen and piano

is nowhere free of bad tidings?

(2017) 45’ Da Vinci
shakuhachi (A, C#, E, 1 player), 13-string koto, 17-string koto, satsuma biwa, japanese percussion
text: anonymous Latin, Saigyō, Minamoto Sanetomo, Kamo no Chōmei

parting song

arrangement of an ancient Chinese song (2014) 3’ Da Vinci
13-string koto

plaintive belling

(2013) 18’ Da Vinci
13-string koto (player sings)


(2015) 10’ Da Vinci
17-string koto, guitar

snow meditation

(2011) 5’ Da Vinci
vn, vc, pf

Songs of Love in Wintertime

(2003) 10’ Da Vinci
high voice, pf
text: Jamieson


(2017) 13’ Da Vinci
u (or shō or reed organ), piano

unanswered renga

(2011) 4’ Da Vinci