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New Publication of Akira Nishimura's Polar Lights Released by Zen-On

Dec. 21, 2022

Zen-On has recently relased a new publication of Akira Nishimura's Polar Lights for trumpet and piano. The world premiere of Polar Lights was performed by Kazuaki Kikumoto(tpt) and Arai Yukari(pno) at the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Recital Hall as part of the 27th annual concert of “Groupe des Quatre et ses ami(e)” organized by Zen-On. The composer notes: 

"‘Polar lights’ in the title of this piece refers to the aurora generated in the atmosphere at high latitudes in the northern hemisphere. In my own unscientific imagination, the aurora is a kind of solar afterglow which arises when the plasma from sunlight comes into contact with the Earth on the daytime side, after which it generates light having rotated to the reverse nighttime side of the Earth. The daytime side is a resplendent blue, while the afterglow on the nighttime side undulates in the atmosphere in the form of surreal, mysterious, multichromatic light.

This work is a fantasy based on this phenomenon in the hope that the Earth’s atmosphere and the neighboring cosmic spatial environment can be preserved.

The radiant tone of the trumpet gives rise to a solar song. For its part, the piano is treated as a keyed percussion instrument with metal strings being used to express the brilliance and undulations of the atmosphere during the day and at night."

Kazuaki Kikumoto and Arai Yukari perform Akira Nishimura's Polar Lights

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Akira Nishimura
Polar Lights 
for trumpet and piano
View sample pages of the score here.