When I found it, amidst centuries of other artwork at the Fukuoka Art Museum in early 2014, "Two Puppies" by Rosetsu Nagasawa (1754-1799) jumped off the canvas and cried out for music.
That trip, my first to Japan, was a turning point for me. Up until then I had absolutely no interest in living anywhere but the UK, but the thrill of discovering this most special of places for the first time gave me itchy feet. Fast forward ten months and I had moved to Cluj-Napoca, Romania, and was writing a piece named after Nagasawa's painting for clarinet trio.
I am now seeking funds to film and record the piece in 2019 with Trio Axis Mundi, a Romanian chamber ensemble composed of Vlad Răceu (violin), Eva Butean (piano), and Aurelian Băcan (clarinet). Since we have recording equipment and a location available to us, I am happy to say that the entirety of the funding raised will be used to pay the players.
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Trio Axis Mundi. From left to right: Vlad Răceu, Eva Butean, Aurelian Băcan