Mu Absence


Mu Absence  (2020)


for piano

ca. 8 min.

Awards and Honors

Hot Air Music Festival 2021 Call for Scores

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

December 2, 2020 (World 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

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

Ting Luo (Piano)

November 7, 2021

Poetic Move: New Arts Collaboration 2021

Old First Concerts, San Fransisco, CA, USA

Ting Luo (Piano)