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Ken Ueno

Berkeley, CA         

A recipient of the Rome Prize and the Berlin Prize, Ken Ueno, is a composer/vocalist who is currently an Associate Professor at UC Berkeley. Ensembles and performers who have played Ken’s music include Kim Kashkashian and Robyn Schulkowsky, Mayumi Miyata, Teodoro Anzellotti, Wendy Richman, Greg Oakes, BMOP, Alarm Will Sound, SFCMP, the Nieuw Ensemble, and Frances-Marie Uitti. His music has been performed at such venues as Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MusikTriennale Köln Festival, the Muziekgebouw, Ars Musica, Warsaw Autumn, Other Minds, the Hopkins Center, Spoleto USA, Steim, and at the Norfolk Music Festival. Ken’s piece for the Hilliard Ensemble, Shiroi Ishi, has been featured in their repertoire for over ten years, with performances at such venues as Queen Elizabeth Hall in England, the Vienna Konzerthaus, and was aired on Italian national radio, RAI 3. Another work, Pharmakon, was performed dozens of times nationally by Eighth Blackbird during their 2001-2003 seasons. A portrait concert of Ken’s was featured on MaerzMusik in Berlin in 2011. As a vocalist, he specializes in extended techniques and has collaborated in improvisations with Ryuichi Sakamoto, Joey Baron, Ikue Mori,Robyn Schulkowsky, Joan Jeanrenaud, Tim Feeney, and David Wessel amongst others. Over that last few years, he performed as soloist in his vocal concerto with orchestras in New York, Boston, Warsaw, Lithuania, and Thailand. Ken holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University. A monograph CD of three orchestral concertos was released on the Bmop/sound label. For more information, please visit – http://kenueno.com

Excerpt from On a Sufficient Condition for the Existence of Most Specific Hypothesis

On a Sufficient Condition for the Existence of Most Specific Hypothesis (2008)
Commissioned by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project.

A vocal concerto featuring myself as soloist.

Composing (X)igágáí

(X)igágáí (2011) 18min
(fl, ob., 2 cl, bsn, Bb trpt, hrn, trmb, 2 perc, piano, vln, 2 vla, cello, bs)
Premiere: April 11, 2011. Le Poisson Rouge, NY, NY. Alarm Will Sound. This piece was commissioned by Meet The Composer for premiere performance by Alarm Will Sound.

Performance with Joan Jeanrenaud at Berkeley Art Museum

Ken Ueno and Joan Jeanrenaud’s duo performance at L@TE: Friday Nights @ BAM/PFA April 2, 2010, curated by Sarah Cahill