Greetings! The MU team has just returned home after an amazing tour at the Krannert Center in Champagne/Urbana, IL, and McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert, CA. We finally get to take a break and reflect on the love and gratitude we feel for everyone who was a part of bring MU to fruition. *All is MU, all is love *
Photos by Marissa Katarina Bergmann
Today there will be a live streaming of the interview with Brenda Wong Aoki, Mark Izu, and K.K. Aoki Izu on Live and Local, hosted by Kevin Kelly: Thursday, October 3 from 4-5pm CST. The recorded interview will be available in the Live and Local audio archives later that evening.
First stop: Krannert Center for Performing Arts, Illinois
We will be performing at the Krannert Center for Performing Arts in Illinois on October 3-4!
On the night of the world premiere of MU, First Voice released the soundtrack of the music of MU. You can purchase it at our website store here
The score for MU, written by Emmy-award winning composer Mark Izu, lifts off from his handwritten graphic notation, a melding of his love of jazz and ancient Japanese music, and the live improvisation of musicians who have worked together for years.
These include Izu playing the sho, an ancient Japanese court instrument which has 17 pipes and 15 reeds, and requires strong lungs to produce its haunting, atonal notes. The score also calls for three types of Japanese drum, a 13- and a 17-string koto, the shakuhachi bamboo flute and four Western instruments: the double bass, trap drums, saxophone and flute. Percussive sounds emit from a thumb piano, a beaded gourd, a Chinese opera gong filled with ball bearings and handcrafted drum mallets which, when rubbed on drums and koto strings, create a sad cry that strikes Izu as the sound of a whale crying.