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Commissioned by the Omaha Symphony in consortium with the Oregon Symphony and Music Academy of the West, with generous funding provided by the Holland Foundation, Polina & Bob Schlott, and Martha & David Slosburg. Ankush Kumar Bahl, Music Director

Dedicated to Ree & Jun Kaneko and the Omaha Symphony

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Attempting to musically catalog the breadth of artist Jun Kaneko’s work might have been Sisyphean in scope. As composer Andy Akiho began writing, however, certain pieces and processes sifted out, ultimately making Sculptures a showcase of ideas that are uniquely Kaneko’s own. First, as art historian Glen R. Brown writes, “his interest to repeat the same idea in a different material to see how it looked.” Second, specific material choices that create inherent relationships between the piece and the viewer. Third, space itself, in all its meanings, or ma: where questions of inches – whether in relation to another sculpture, the viewer, the density of the work, a pattern, or a form – create ripples of consequence.

Sculptures is a collection of nine compositions, alternating between full-orchestra, percussion, digital, and in one case, the symphony brass section. Some of the compositions reference particular art works by Kaneko; others, whole swaths of the artist’s output. In addition to constant support from Ree and Jun Kaneko and access to Kaneko’s work in Omaha and Portland, Oregon, Glen R. Brown’s Jun Kaneko: The Space Between was integral to the composer’s process and these notes.

Kintsugi, featured here, refers to the Japanese traditional art of repairing precious ceramics with cashew lacquer and gold. Rather than hiding brokenness or mistakes, kintsugi brings those elements to the eye immediately, becoming a prominent feature. Kaneko selectively uses this technique in his ceramic work.

- Dani Meier