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Mu Absence


Mu Absence  (2014)


for piano

ca. 8 min.

Awards and Honors

Diaphonia Edizioni Call for Scores 2022 (Italy)

Hot Air Music Festival 2021 Call for Scores (USA)


Purchase score from Diaphonia Edizioni (Italy)

Program Note

Unlike European landscape paintings, Japanese landscape paintings consciously deny the depiction of a realistic sense of distance in the middle ground. By placing “ma” in the center of the painting, it expresses the distinctive spatio-temporal aesthetics found in Japanese expressions, while viewers are able to perceive the imperceptible. Mu Absence seeks to identify the imperceptible within the degrading reverberations between two notated sounds of the piano.

”Mu" is a Japanese homonym with meanings such as "nothing", "dream", and "naught".

Past Performances

Nov. 10, 2018 (World Premiere)

Post-Klasyka: Ludger Hofmann-Engl

Świętego Tomasza 43, Kraków, Poland

Ludger Hofmann-Engl (Piano)

Aug. 3, 2019 (Japan Premiere)

Kazue Takehana-Noppakorn Debut Concert

Piano Salon GAKU, Chiba, Japan

Kazue Takehana (Piano)

Dec. 2, 2020 (Germany Premiere)

Innenohr Display 2020

Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber, Dresden, Germany

Chatori Shimizu (Piano)

March 7, 2021 (US Premiere)

Hot Air Music Festival

[Video Archive]

San Fransisco Conservatory of Music, San Fransisco, CA, USA

Ting Luo (Piano)

Nov. 7, 2021

Poetic Move: New Arts Collaboration 2021

[Video Archive]

Old First Concerts, San Fransisco, CA, USA

Ting Luo (Piano)

March 30, 2023 (Australia Premiere)

Chatori Shimizu: Sound, Space, and Time Identities

Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia

Nick Southcott (Piano)

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