Programme Notes

    The piece “Himawari” was created out of my interest in the lifecycle of a Sunflower, and a growing fascination with Chinese and Asian music and instruments. Fittingly, the title is the Japanese word for “sunflower”. The piece was originally composed for Western instruments and dizi, but after learning about the Sound Of Dragon Ensemble, I rearranged it to accommodate more Chinese instruments. I also created this piece in hopes of garnering a relationship of combined western and eastern styles of music, which continues to inspire my music and me.