Thomas Osborne is a professor of composition and theory in the Music Department at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. For the past decade, he has composed extensively for Korean and other Asian instruments. He also has collaborated with some of Korea’s most‐recognized traditional musicians.
In this program at the Center on Thursday, October 18, 2018, at 4:00 p.m., Osborne will discuss the experience of approaching a culture and its musical instruments from the perspective of an outsider. Videos and audio recordings will demonstrate the results of his collaborations with Korean performers.
Osborne, who is an associate faculty member of the Center for Korean Studies, has received commissions from a wide assortment of musical organizations. Those related to Korea have included commissions from gayageum soloist Ji‐Young Yi and Korean piri soloist Chiwan Park. He also has written for traditional performers from the Contemporary Music Ensemble‐Korea and the Busan National Gugak Center Korean traditional orchestra, as well as for performers in Japan and China.
He spent 2012–2013 in Seoul in residence as a Fulbright senior research scholar at Seoul National University, composing music for Korean instruments and giving guest lectures at universities throughout Asia.
Active as a conductor of contemporary music, Thomas Osborne has led the premieres of dozens of works. He is the director of the University of Hawai‘i Contemporary Music Ensemble, a group that regularly presents music by living composers from the West and from the Asia/Pacific region.
For much more about Osborne’s compositions, recordings, and collaborations, see https://thomas-osborne.com/.
This event is free and open to all. For further information, including information on access for the handicapped, telephone the Center for Korean Studies at (808) 956‑7041. The University of Hawai‘i is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.