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Kingyo Obsession


Kingyo Obsession (2017)


[A] for four voices (SATB)

[B] for six voices (SMzCtTBarB)

Commissioned by Soundstreams (Canada)

ca. 5 min.​


Watch audio-score video HERE

Purchase PDF score (USD15) HERE

Award and Honors

10th JFC Composition Prize Honorable Mention (Japan)

2022 San Francisco Hot Air Music Festival Call for Scores (USA)

Program Note

"Kingyo" is a Japanese word meaning "goldfish". In this work, I imagine the kingyo freely swimming in the endless body of freshwater, multiplying at an alarmingly rapid pace, until the body of water is filled with the slimy, shiny, and oxygen-hungry fish... and poof, I wake up. Kingyo Obsession focuses on repeated motifs and melding patterns of sonic materials made by the voiceless plosive consonants by the singers. It aims for slight changes and sudden silences to act as punctuated accents. This piece was commissioned by Soundstreams for the 2017 Soundstreams Emerging Composers Workshop, and was composed while in residency at the Ragdale Foundation in Illinois. It was premiered by Sara Schabas, Shauna Yarnell, Sean Clark, and David Roth in the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto, Canada, as part of the 21C Music Festival.

Past Performances

May 26, 2017 (World Premiere)

21C Music Festival

[Video Archive]

Temerty Theatre, Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto, ON, Canada

Sara Schabas (Sop.), Shauna Yarnell (Mezzo-Sop.), Sean Clark (Ten.), David Roth (Bar.)

March 1, 2018

Cluster: New Music and Integrated Arts Festival

FortWhyte Alive Alloway Reception Centre, Winnipeg, MB, Canada

Performed by Polycoro Chamber Choir

April 6, 2018 (Japan Premiere)

Tokyo Media Interaction: Acousticlub Vol. 3

[Video Archive]

Suginami Kokaido, Tokyo, Japan

Performed by Sakiko Shiga (Sop.), Reina Takeuchi (Mezzo-Sop.), Shota Shimomura (Ten.), Motoki Okiyama (Bar.)

Nov. 22, 2019

The 10th JFC Composers Award "Voice, now"

[Audio-Score Archive]

Toppan Hall, Tokyo, Japan

Performed by Mikiko Kamiya (Sop.), Kie Irisawa (Mezzo-Sop.), Seiji Kanazawa (Ten.), Eitaro Matsui (Bar.)

Oct. 30, 2021

Kunitachi Prize Award Ceremony

[Video Archive]

Kunitachi College of Music, Tokyo, Japan

Performed by Nanao Yamada (Sop.), Maika Oguri (Alto), Natsuki Kawakami (Ten.), Motoharu Kawashima (Bar.)

March 6, 2022 (Online)

2022 San Francisco Hot Air Music Festival

San Francisco Conservatory of Music, San Francisco, CA

Sara Schabas (Sop.), Shauna Yarnell (Mezzo-Sop.), Sean Clark (Ten.), David Roth (Bar.)

March 10, 2023 (US premiere)

Tesselat feat. Ekmeles

[Video Archive]

The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, New York, NY

Ekmeles Vocal Ensemble: Charlotte Mundy, (Sop.) Elisa Sutherland (Mezzo-Sop.), Jonathan May (Counter-Ten.), Tomás Cruz (Ten.), Jeffrey Gavett (Bar.), Steven Hrycelak (Bass)

Past Exhibitions

Aug. 11, 2017

Japan-China Tour: Xiamen Concert

Xiamen University,  People's Republic of China

Audio/Video exhibition of Kingyo Obsession

Nov. 1 - 31, 2019

Then, What If?

Five Points Gallery, 33 Main Street Torrington, CT 06790 USA

Audio/Video exhibition of Kingyo Obsession

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