martyregan

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About me

Gender MALE
Industry Arts
Occupation University professor
Location Bryan, TX, United States
Introduction Marty Regan is a composer whose creative activities are focused on expanding and developing the repertoire of contemporary music for traditional Japanese and Asian instruments and creating music that explores cross-cultural exchange. He has composed over 75 works for traditional Japanese instruments and since 2002 has been affiliated with AURA-J, one of the premiere contemporary-traditional Japanese music ensembles.Widely regarded as the authoritative source on the subject and the only resource of its kind available in English, his translation of Minoru Miki's orchestration manual Composing for Japanese Instruments was published by the University of Rochester Press in 2008. One of his largest works to date, a chamber opera entitled "The Memory Stone", was commissioned by the Houston Grand Opera as part of the HGOco's Songs of Houston: East + West initiative and was premiered in 2013 at the Asia Society Texas Center. In 2015 he was the recipient of a Helene Wurlitzer Foundation Artist Residency Grant as well as a Clare Hall Visiting Research Fellowship from the University of Cambridge.
Interests Traveling, photography, cycling, collecting Asian art and antiques, attending classical music concerts, visiting museums, design, collecting antique book plates, maps, and stamps, pastels and watercolors, writing in my journal
Favorite Movies Amelie, The Empire Strikes Back, About Time, Tony Takitani
Favorite Music John Adams, Steve Reich, Igor Stravinsky, Arvo Pärt, Franz Schubert, Minoru Miki, Miwa Yoshida/Dreams Come True, Journey, Yes
Favorite Books Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki, Lost Japan, Catcher in the Rye