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for marimba and vibraphone, with two CD players

Year:  2005

Year:  2005

Composer:   John Psathas

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John Psathas: Ukiyo (part 1...

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John Psathas: Ukiyo (part 2...

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John Psathas: Ukiyo; video

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Ukiyo - a duo for vibraphone, marimba and with digital audio, was jointly commissioned by Jeremy Fitzsimons and Chamber Music New Zealand, with funding support from Creative New Zealand, for performance by Double Lateral (Jeremy Fitzsimons and Kristie Ibrahim). The work was first performed by Double Lateral at the Ilott Theatre, Wellington, New Zealand, on 2 October 2005.

Zen monks and haiku poets spoke of life in terms of a transient 'floating world' (Ukiyo), or of a dream that vanishes. In the traditional Buddhist view, our corporeal existence is one in which happening gives way to happening, illusion follows illusion, and all is nothing but a phantasm void of substance.

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Commissioned with funding from Creative New Zealand by Double Lateral (Jeremy Fitzsimons and Kristie Ibrahim) and Chamber Music New Zealand for 2005 October Tour

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Performance history

02 Oct 2005: Performed by Double Lateral: Jeremy Fitzsimons (marimba), Kristie Ibrahim (vibraphone); Ilott Concert Chamber, Wellington

30 May 2009: Bang Crash Splash! Percussion Marathon

Performed by Pedro Carneiro (vibraphone), Jeremy Fitzsimons (marimba) and John Psathas (electronics)

Performed by Pedro Carneiro and Jeremy Fitzsimons in New Plymouth in August 2007

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