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Pittsburgh based composer/performer/artist Devon Osamu Tipp (they/them) creates unorthodox musical environments from ostensibly incompatible realms. Tipp’s music draws influence from their Japanese roots, experiences as a jeweler and painter, improvisations with plants, and their studies of gagaku and hogaku in Japan and the US. Their work focuses on rhythmic and timbral transmutation of cyclical materials, ranging from the orchestral, to string basses prepared with honey stirrers, to concerti for traditional Japanese instruments. Their compositions have been performed in the US, Europe, Australia, China and Japan.

 

Tipp’s awards include the 2015-16 Listhus Ses Skammdegi AIR Award (Iceland), Rarescale’s 10th Anniversary Composition Competition (student category UK 2013), and first prize in the 2010 Jerome G. Sala Memorial Wind Competition. They have received commissions from ensembles such as Kamratōn (Pittsburgh, PA), the Thin Edge New Music Collective (Toronto Canada), and the Oh My Ears! Festival (Phoenix, AZ). They have been an artist in residence at Leveld Kunstnartun (Ål, Norway), Listhús AiR (Olafsfjördur, Iceland), and La Pantographe (Moutier, Switzerland). They have also participated in the Sävellyspaja Summer Masterclass (Finland), Imani Woodwinds Chamber Music Festival, soundSCAPE Festival (Italy), Bowdoin International Music Festival, Valencia International Performance Academy (Spain), Atlantic Music Festival, and has performed at festivals such as 24 Hour Drone at the Hudson Basilica, the International Shakuhachi Festival Prague, and the Oh My Ears! Festival in Phoenix Arizona. They have performed with the Harry Partch Ensemble at Montclair State University, at the Institute for Medieval Japanese Music at Columbia University, and the University of Pittsburgh Gamelan Ensemble.

Ever in search of new sounds, Tipp has collaborated with microtonal specialists Kjell Tore Innervik (quartertone percussion), Daniel Paulsen (quartertone percussion), Veli Kujala (quartertone accordion), Rarescale’s Carla Rees (Kingma System flutes), and Tolgahan Cogulu (microtonal guitar). They have also collaborated with Reigakusha Ensemble’s Hitomi Nakamura, pianist Kate Halsall, clarinetist/composer Gleb Kanasevich, shô player/composer Chatori Shimizu, violin duo String Noise,  composer Victoria Cheah, TAK Ensemble, oboist Sabine Kaselow, oboist Alison Lowell, Canada's Thin Edge New Music Collective, the Sudbury Guitar Trio, Finland's MikroEnsemble, the Cochlea Duo, members of Pittsburgh based ensemble Kamraton, Pittsburgh based film maker and multi-media aritist David Bernabo, and members of Avanti! Chamber Orchestra.

As an improvisor, Tipp has collaborated with Stringnoise DuoPaul Miller, David Bernabo, composer Brian Riordan, composer Lu-han Li, composer/trombonist Jason Belcher, composer/pianist Mark Micchelli, composer/vocalist Mai Khôi, composer and multi-instrumentalist Matt Aelmore, and others. Tipp has also collaborated with San Francisco based artist Judy Shintani, Astrophysicist Carles Badenes and Particle Physicist Sergey Frolov. Their flute repertoire is published by Tetractys Publishing

They received their Bachelor’s in Music from Montclair State University in bassoon performance and composition. They studied composition with Mathew Rosenblum, Marcos Balter, Eric Moe, Amy Williams, Elizabeth Brown, and Dean Drummond. They are a shakuhachi student of Ralph Samuelson and Elizabeth Brown.

For information regarding Tipp's paintings, please visit https://osamupaints.wordpress.com/

Photo by Alison Sacriponte.

1991年、ニューヨーク生まれ。ジェンダーノンバイナリー/エックスジェンダー、作曲家・尺八演奏者。現代音楽の作曲方法を研究しており、西洋音楽の理論的な概念と邦楽の概念や哲学を組み合わせたり、融合させ新たな概念を生み出す研究に深い関心がある。自身の日本のルーツ、ジュエリー製作や画家としての経験、電子音が奏でていた植物との即興演奏、そして日本とアメリカで行った雅楽と邦楽の研究より着想を得ている。作品は、オーケストラから、ハチミツをすくう棒でプリペアドされた弦楽、伝統的な日本の楽器のための協奏曲に至るまで、循環的な素材のリズミカルで音色の変容に焦点を当ててる。楽曲はアメリカ、ヨーロッパ、オーストラリア、中国、日本で演奏されている。米モントクレア大学卒業。米ピッツバーグ大学院修士課程を終了し、現在博士課程に在籍。ピッツバーグ在住。

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