Daryl Jamieson


11 January 2020 - Tama Music Festival

I will take part in the Tama Music Festival at Meisei University on Saturday 11 January 2020. At 1pm, my bass clarinet and string quartet piece 'here, today' will be performed by the Green Room Players. Then, at 3pm, I will give a talk on field recording and Michael Pisaro's fields have ears. Admission to the festival is free, but if you're coming they ask you to register at this website: https://tama-musicfes.jimdo.com/contact/
Hope to see you there!

19 and 22 September - utamakura 5: Mount Kamakura

On 19 September 2019 Thin Edge New Music Collective and Miyama McQueen-Tokita will premiere utamakura 5: Mount Kamakura at my alma mater Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. It will be performed again on 22 September in Toronto at 918 Bathurst.

It is a multimedia piece for bass (17-string) koto, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, percussion, and fixed audio and video. Here's a taster of the programme note:

This piece is concerned with the ancient and contemporary associations of Kamakura, and as I have lived in Kamakura (five minutes walk from the shrine) for six years, this is the most personal of the seven utamakura pieces. The piece is structured as a journey from the present to a contemporary imagining of the past: gradually spreading out from the aimless and blurry vermillion noise of modernity to the crisp, rich, green nature of both the imagined past and the hoped-for future.

Come and join us there!

For more details, see the
Thin Edge New Music Collective's home page and view the trailer (featuring an excerpt from fallings, my 2016 piece for shō/u, viola, and cello) below:

ONGAKU - Sept 20-22, 2019 from Thin Edge New Music Collective on Vimeo.

World Music Days 2019

I'm excited to head off to Estonia for the 2019 World Music Days in Tallinn and Tartu. In addition to representing the Japan Society of Contemporary Music at the assembly, I will also have a piece performed. On 7 May, Kristi Mühling (kannel) and Naoko Kikuchi (koto) will premiere a new arrangement of my 2015 piece 'Shakkei' (originally for guitar and 17-string koto) at the Arvo Pärt Centre (concert details here and Facebook event here).

If you're at the WMD this year, I look forward to seeing you there!

25 May 2019 - utamakura 4: St Dunstan in the East

My next concert in Japan will be on 25 May. In addition to the world premiere of my own piece utamakura 4: St Dunstan-in-the-East, brand-new arrangements of two collections of Mamoru Fujiedas Patterns of Plants series - Pattern of Plants the 19th: The Olive Branch Speaks and Pattern of Plants the 21st: The Oak Tree in Kanazawa - will be performed at the Cave in Yokohama.
Come and join us there!
For more details, see the
atelier jaku website.

23 February 2019 – Galerie Paris chamber concert in Yokohama

I'm excited to announce the first of what I hope will be many collaborations with Galerie Paris, a lovely contemporary art and fashion gallery in Yokohama. This concert, a co-production of atelier jaku with Galerie Paris, will feature two excellent contemporary music specialists, Gaku Yamada on guitars and Ryuta Iwase on clarinet. The programme includes two of my pieces.

Goodbye my son is a duo for clarinet and guitar. It was written for the opening and closing scenes of the short film Goodbye, my son (2017), directed by Yuichiro Nakada. The soundtrack was recorded by the same two musicians as will be finally giving the live première, more than a year later.

Gaku Yamada will also give the second performance of utamakura 1: ponds of Nara (cf this video of utamakura 2: Arnardalur, which was premièred on 6 September and utamakura 3: Saihōji, premièred in November). Ponds of Nara is my first and only 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.

The full programme for the concert is:

Daryl Jamieson – utamakura 1: ponds of Nara for electric guitar and field recordings
Daryl Jamieson – Goodbye my son (world premiere live performance) for clarinet and guitar
Alex Jang – momentary encounter (5) (Japanese premiere) for clarinet
Giacinto Scelsi – Preghiera per un'ombra for clarinet
Daniel Brandes – with our shadows for clarinet and guitar
Makiko Nishikaze – St Michael's Garden for guitar

Time: 23 February 2019, doors open at 18:30, concert starts at 19:00.

Tickets: Reserved tickets at ¥3000 (¥1500 for students), including a reception after the performance.

Venue: Galerie Paris Nihon-Ōdori 14, Naka-ku, Yokohama

See more details and reserve tickets on atelier jaku's home page.