Masayoshi Ishikawa

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United States of America
Dates of Residence: 
Jan 2, 2017 to Jan 13, 2017

Originally from Japan, Masa Ishikawa came to the States in 2003. His music has been performed in multiple countries including China, Japan and Italy. His composition, Hotaru (firefly), was selected as the winner of 2014 Downbeat Student Music Awards in Graduate Original Composition for Small Ensemble. Ishikawa premiered a multi-movement work titled Suite for the Forgotten in 2015. The suite is dedicated to people who are currently living in Fukushima under the risk of exposure to radiation. In this composition, Ishikawa employed a string quartet as well as French horn into the traditional jazz big band instrumentation. Several of his compositions have been published from UNC Jazz Press. He received Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Composition from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Ishikawa currently serves as a Visiting part-time Assistant Professor at Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota where he teaches Aural and Keyboard Skills as well as Applied Jazz Piano.