17. Oktober 2012 20:30

Duo Scott Fields / Jeffrey Lependorf

Werke für akkustische Gitarre und Shakuhachi

Scott Fields - Gitarre, Jeffrey Lependorf - Shakuhachi

Lependorf’s music fuses unabashed lyricism with deep literary and historic exploration and a pervasive wit. A composer of operas and chamber music, he is also a certified master of the shakuhachi, a traditional Japanese bamboo flute, and has helped create a new repertoire of music for this ancient instrument. His music has been performed around the globe—literally, in fact: a recording of his Night Pond for solo shakuhachi was launched into space when the shuttle Atlantis took off on May 15, 1997 and remained for a year aboard the Russian space station Mir.

Recordings of some of his work are available on the Sachimay label. Born in 1962 in Philadelphia, Jeffrey Lependorf received a doctorate in music composition from Columbia University and his undergraduate degree from Oberlin Conservatory. He also received the venerable honorific name “Koku” (“empty nothingness”) from Kinko shakuhachi master Yoshinobu Taniguchi. His “Masterpieces of Western Music” audio-course is available through Barnes & Noble’s “Portable Professor” series as well as for download through Audible.com and iTunes.  Lependorf lives in New York City.

Fields has produced music on and off since the 1960s, first in Chicago, then in other places. His work is usually classified as either avant-jazz or New Music. As a composer he is commissioned occasionally for concert or dance music, but usually writes for his amorphous ensemble, which is represented on 26 CDs. As a sideman and leader he performs on electric and acoustic guitars, although for this duo he plays classical guitar exclusively. He has performed throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Fields lives in Cologne, Germany.