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Mimi Spelunking


Mimi Spelunking  (2019)


for Shō and Viola

ca. 16 min.


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Awards and Honors

Follow My Scores 2019 Fall Call for Scores

Program Note

  Mimi Spelunking was written in Dresden, Germany, and was finalized in Visby, Sweden, throughout 2018 to 2019. From my formative years, I have been paranoid about water entering my ears. Learning that water can enter the ear through any exposure to water, I always wished that I could shrink myself to a size of a grain of rice and enter into my ear canals with a bucket to drain the water.

  During the initial stages of the composition process for this work, I revisited my imagination of entering, or spelunking into my own ears. Each section was carefully composed to accurately portray the spelunking experience with aural expressions.


“Mimi” is a Japanese word for “ears”.

Past Performances

January 29, 2019 (World Premiere)

Innenohr Display

Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber, Dresden, Germany

Chatori Shimizu (Shō), Naoko Fujita (Viola)

July 19, 2019 (Malaysia Premiere)

From NY to KL

The Saxophone Store, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Chatori Shimizu (Shō), Junyi Chow (Cello)

April 17, 2021 (Online)

Oh My Ears New Music in Phoenix: Wave Making

Naoyuki Manabe (Shō), Chihiro Tai (Viola)

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