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Donald Reid Womack
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Thursday, February 28, 2019Hong Kong New Music Ensemble premieres geomungo concertoThe Hong Kong New Music Ensemble and soloist Yoon-jeong Heo 허윤정 give the world premiere of Donald Reid Womack's concerto for geomungo and large chamber ensemble "Power Lines". The virtuoso tour de force, which was adapted from the solo geomungo piece of the same title, merges the sounds of gugak, the structural development of contemporary music, and a seemingly relentless driving energy borne of rock music. The work will be featured as part of the Tongyeong International Music Festival in Korea. Afterward, the composer will travel to Seoul for the premiere of Rippling Liquid Metal, for mixed ensemble, as well as a performance of 금강 전도 (Geumgang Jeondo) for piri and janggu on a concert by piri master Kyung-ah Kim 김경아 at the National Gugak Center.

Friday, October 05, 2018Premieres of two new concertosNext month sees the premiere performances of two major new works by Donald Reid Womack on opposite sides of the globe — a viola concerto and a gayageum concerto. First, the composer travels to North Carolina, where on November 5 soloist Ralph Farris and the Raleigh Chamber Orchestra, under the baton of Peter Askim, will perform "Blue Ridge Seasons", a bluegrass-tinged work inspired by the natural beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the composer's homeland. 2 weeks later, he will be in Seoul for the premiere of "무노리 (Mu Nori)", by the Gyeonggi Korean Orchestra with gayageum soloist Gilseon Jung. The piece, which was inspired by Korean shaman ritual, was named a winner in the international competition for new works sponsored by the orchestra.

Thursday, June 28, 2018Highwire Act 줄타기 released on CDDonald Womack's "Highwire Act 줄타기" has been released on renowned gayageum virtuoso Jiyoung Yi's monumental 6-set album, "Silk Butterly." Comprised of representative works spanning virtually every genre of gayageum music, from traditional to new, the set promises to be a guidepost of important gayageum repertoire. "Highwire Act 줄타기," which was originally commissioned by the performer, and has since become a staple of the gayageum repertoire, is the first track on "Contemporary Masterpieces," the final album of the set.

March 11, 2018Haegeum Concerto featured by the Seoul National Gugak Center OrchestraDonald Reid Womack's haegeum concerto "혼무 Dancing With Spirits" will be featured in two upcoming performances by the National Gugak Center Orchestra (국립국악관 창작악단) with soloist Aera Kim 김애라 on its April 12 and 13 concerts. The program, titled "기원 (Origin)", celebrates 30 years in Seocho of the premiere institution for Korean music. Commissioned in 2014 by the Busan National Gugak Center, a sister organization of the Seoul National Gugak Center, "혼무 Dancing With Spirits" has received numerous performances from most of Korea's premier gugak orchestras, as well as a New York performance of its version for haegeum and western chamber orchestra.

October 14, 2017雷神 (Raijin) recorded in TokyoDonald Reid Womack has just returned from Tokyo, where he oversaw the recording of his septet 雷神 (Raijin) with members of the storied ensemble Pro Musica Nipponia 日本音楽集団. "Raijin" will be included on the upcoming album "Intertwined", which is scheduled for release in 2018 and will feature his works for Japanese, Korean, Chinese and Western string instruments.

September 1, 2017Gayageum Concerto with the National Orchestra of KoreaDonald Reid Womack will be in Seoul for a Septermber 28 performance of his gayageum concerto"Scattered Rhythms". Soloist Jiyoung Yi 이지영 will perform with the National Orchestra of Korea 국립국악관현악단, which commissioned and premiered the gugak orchestra version of the piece in 2016. This will mark the fifth performance of the concerto in either its western orchestra or gugak orchestra version.

July 1, 2017Piri ProjectDonald Reid Womack has been commissioned by piri virtuoso and Seoul National University faculty member Kyung-ah Kim 김경아 to compose an entire recital of new works for piri and various instruments. In addition to his 금강 전도 (Geumgang Jeondo) for piri and janggu, the program, which will take place in 2020, will feature new works for piri and string quartet; piri with ajaeng, geomungo and percussion; piri and cello; and solo piri.

May 5, 2017Seoul and TokyoDonald Reid Womack will be in Seoul and Tokyo for two weeks this month. The Seoul visit will see the premiere of 금강 전도 (Geumgang Jeondo) for piri and janggu at the National Gugak Center, as well as a performance of 소리 (Sori) for haegeum, cello and janggu at Donhwamun Traditional Theater. He will also give presentations on his music at Seoul National University and Korea National University of the Arts. In Tokyo he'll be conducing 日本音楽集団 (Pro Musica Nipponia) in a performance of his triple concerto "Three Trees 三木" for shakuhachi, biwa and koto, at Toyosu Hall.

March 1, 2017Haegeum Concerto in New YorkDonald Reid Womack heads to the Big Apple this week for the U.S. premiere of his hageum concerto Dancing With Spirits 혼무. Soloist Sooyeon Lyuh 여수연 performs with Ensemble 212, conducted by Yoon Jae Lee.

January 1, 2017Commissions from KoreaFresh off completing 도깨비 (Demons), a solo gayageum work commissioned by Jieun Lee 이지언, Donald Reid Womack heads into the new year with a slew of commissions for Korean instruments. First up is a work for piri and janggu based on the iconic Korean landscape painting 금강 전도 (Geumgang Jeondo), commissioned by Seoul National University faculty member Kyung-ah Kim 김경아. After that are works commssioned by the Seoul Gayageum Ensemble 서울 가야금 앙상블, a work for ajaeng and percussion commissioned by Mi Jung Jung 정미정, and a geomungo work commissioned by Yoon Jeong Heo 허윤정, Seoul National University Professor and member of progressive fushion group Black String.

October 17, 2016Gayageum Concerto in KoreaDonald Reid Womack is in Korea this week for a performance of his gayageum concerto Scattered Rhythms at the Gimhae Gayageum Festival. Soloist Samsoo Jang 정삼수 performs with the Changwon Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Byeonguk Yi 이병욱.

September 1, 2016Orchestra works in KoreaThe next few weeks see performances of several large ensemble works by Donald Reid Womack. The Gyeonggi Korean Traditional Orchestra, with soloist Yumi Dan 단유미, performs the haegeum concerto "Dancing With Spirits 혼무", and the Korea National University of the Arts Traditional Orchestra performs "The Sound of Drums Echoes Beyond the Heavens". In addition the Seoul Gayageum Ensemble performs "Highwire Act 줄타기", and the Gimhae Gayageum Orchestra performs "Liquid Metal" at the Uijeongbu Gayageum Festival. Finally, the Gimhae Gayageum Festival will feature Womack's gayageum concerto "Scattered Rhythms" with soloist Samsoo Jang 정삼수.

June 1, 2016Prague Shakuhachi FestivalDonald Reid Womack is represented at International Shakuhachi Festival Prague this week with performances of two works. "A Glinting Edge of Sky" for shakuhachi and koto , and "太刀花 (Sword Flower)" in its version for shakuhachi and violin are featured at the world's premiere international shakuhachi event, with renowned shakuhachi performer Hiromu Motonaga 元永拓.

April 18, 2016Two major works performed in KoreaDonald Reid Womack is in Seoul this week for performances of two major works. His haegeum concerto "Dancing With Spirits 혼무" is scheduled to be played April 21 at KBS Hall by the KBS Traditional Music Orchestra, with soloist Semi Lee 이새미. April 22 will see the world premiere of "Scattered Rhythms", the gugak orchestra version of Womack's gayageum concerto, with Ji-young Yi 이지영 performing the solo part, at the main hall of the National Theater of Korea.

February 22, 2016Pro Musica Nipponia tour of USADonald Reid Womack is joining the Tokyo-based Japanese-instrument ensemble Pro Musica Nipponia 日本音楽集団 for their three-city tour of the United States. Womack will host the group as they present concerts along cultural and educational activities in New York City and Houston, before stopping in Honolulu for a weeklong residency at the University of Hawaii. In addition to Womack's music, the group will perform many new and traditional works by Japanese and American composers.

November 1, 2015巫 무 Mu released on CDAs part of her ongoing series of recordings of new and traditional works, gayageum virtuoso Jung Gil Seon 정길선 has issued her latest release. "Sanjo & Sanjo 산조 그리고 산조" features four new works, including Donald Reid Womack's Korean shamanism-inspired 巫 무 Mu for gayageum and janggu.

October 3, 2015Gaygageum Concerto at Seoul Arts CenterThis week sees the Korea premiere of Donald Reid Womack's Gayageum Concerto "Across the Scattering Sky" at the prestigious Seoul Arts Center. Soloist Ji-young Yi 이지영 joins the Ulan Ude Symphony, which also gave the world premiere of the work last month in Ulan Ude, Russia.

July 6, 2015"Raijin 雷神" premieredDonald Reid Womack is in Tokyo this week for the July 11 world premiere of "Raijin 雷神". Inspired by the eponymous Japanese god of Thunder, the work for mixed septet of Japanese instruments, was commissioned by the illustrious ensemble Pro Musica Nipponia 日本音楽集団, which will give the premiere at Yomiuri Otemachi Hall.

January 10, 2015Two new CDs for Korean instruments releasedThe Busan National Gugak Center has released its new recording "전통에 대한 경의" ("Respect for Tradition"), including Donald Reid Womack's concerto for haegeum and Korean traditional orchestra "Dancing With Spirits 혼무", which is based on a traditional Korean shaman ritual. This follows the recent release of Womack's "소리" ("Sori") for haegeum, cello and janggu by the Seoul National Gugak Center on their recording "이면을 빚다" (which translates loosely to "Reaching the Other Side"). Both recordings were part of Womack's 2-month residency in Japan and Korea this past fall.

December 19, 2014Breaking Heaven 破天 named one of top ten releases of 2014 by New Music BoxBreaking Heaven 破天 was included on the list of the year's best recordings by Frank J. Oteri, composer advocate and senior editor for the prominent new music site, who writes "For the past decade, Donald Reid Womack has been creating a fascinating body of chamber music utilizing both Western and Asian instruments. Breaking Heaven, Womack’s trio for cello, shakuhachi, and 21-string koto, is a great starting point for listeners eager to hear the exciting sonic result of this synthesis."

Hear the title track streamed at New Music Box.

November 1, 2014Donald Reid Womack in KoreaDonald Reid Womack was a featured guest composer at Seoul National University and at the National Busan Gugak Center in Korea. Womack was recently in residence with the students and faculty of the Korean composition program at SNU for a week of workshops and masterclasses that culminated in a lecture concert with performances of three of his works for Korean instruments. Visits to Busan in September and again in October centered around the world premieres of two works for Korean traditional orchestra — "The Sound of Drums Echoes Beyond the Heavens" and his haegeum concerto "Dancing With Spirits". His works were also presented at the Seoul National Gugak Center in September and October. A December 6 concert at Seoul's Bukchon Changwoo Theater will feature several more of his works. In all, his works were given 14 performances in Korea this fall, with two works recorded for release on CDs.

October 1, 2014New CD of works for Japanese instruments released 邦楽器のための作品の新しいCDOn October 1 Albany Records released Breaking Heaven 破天, featuring five works for Japanese instruments by Donald Reid Womack. Check it out on iTunes, Amazon, and other major online retailers.
April 1, 2014‘Aina recorded by Palisades VirtuosiThe Palisades Virtousi Trio releases its CD "New American Masters, Volume 5" on the Albany label, including Donald Reid Womack's ‘Aina, which the trio commissioned. ‘Aina, for flute, clarinet and piano, is a set of character pieces, ranging from broad landscape to intimate vignette, evoking the beauty and mystery of the composer's home of Hawai‘i.
December 1, 2013New CD Released!On December 1 Albany Records released Elements 五行: New Music for Pipa by American Composers, featuring exciting and soulful performances by reknowned pipa virtuoso Yang Jing. The CD was produced by Donald Reid Womack, and includes two of his works: Elements 五行 (pipa solo) and An Enveloping Rain (pipa, viola, guzheng). It also includes a song cycle for soprano and piano by Thomas Osborne, as well as solo pipa works by Takeo Kudo and Jeff Myers. Check out the first recording ever dedicated to works by American composers for this iconic Chinese instrument.

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FULL BIO

Donald Reid Womack is the composer of more than 90 works for orchestra, chamber ensembles, solo instruments, and voice. His music has been performed and broadcast throughout the United States, Japan, Korea, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, Italy, Germany, France, Russia, the Czech Republic, Poland, Argentina, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Egypt, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and Puerto Rico, and is published by Akamai Music, and C.F. Peters. Dr. Womack holds Doctoral and Masters degrees in composition from Northwestern University, Bachelors degrees in philosophy and music theory from Furman University, and has participated in such festivals as the Conservatoire Americain in Fontainebleau, France, the June in Buffalo Festival, and the Aspen Music Festival. The many organizations that have honored his work include ASCAP, Meet the Composer, the American Music Center, Sigma Alpha Iota, the Japan Foundation, the National Center for the Korean Traditional Performing Arts (National Gugak Center) in Seoul, the Viola da Gamba Society of America, Arts Midwest, the Society of Composers, the National Association of Composers, the National Association for Advancement in the Arts, the Oahu Choral Society, the Tampa Bay Composers' Forum, Northwestern University, the Music Teachers' National Association, and the American String Teachers Association. He was the recipient of a Fulbright Research Fellowship to Japan in 2007-08, where he served as guest composer-in-residence with the Tokyo-based Japanese instrumental ensemble AURA-J, and was also a guest lecturer and composer in residence with the Korean Music Composition Program of Seoul National University in 2014.

His work with Japanese, Korean and Chinese instruments has placed him at the vanguard of intercultural composition, and has enabled him to make a significant contribution to the body of new literature for East Asian instruments. Dr. Womack's interests lie in developing a compositional approach that merges elements of East Asia and the West in a uniquely personal way that neither entirely derives from nor ignores their respective traditions. Inspired by the fertile possibilities of cultural interchange found in his long-time home of Hawai‘i, his music employs both Western and East Asian instruments, combining a rich and linear tonal language, an intricate use of color and texture, and an exploration of multiple layers of rhythm, with the goal of reaching audiences on an intuitive and emotional level. A prime example is his After, a large-scale concerto for shakuhachi, koto, and orchestra. Commissioned and premiered by the Honolulu Symphony in 2006, the piece received its Japan premiere in 2010 by the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra to critical praise.

The recipient of more than 100 grants, commissions and awards, Dr. Womack received First Prizes in the Sigma Alpha Iota Inter-American Music Awards, the Leo M. Traynor Competition, and the Oahu Choral Society Composition Competition. He has also been honored with an Excellence in Scholarship Award from the University of Hawai‘i College of Arts and Humanities, and was awarded Individual Artist Fellowships from the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts in 1997 and again in 2002, becoming the only artist in any field to receive the award twice.

His major works include a symphony, a violin concerto, the aforementioned double concerto for shakuhachi, koto, and orchestra, a concerto for gayageum and orchestra, an oratorio for chorus and chamber orchestra, a triple concerto for shakuhachi, biwa and koto with ensemble of Japanese instruments, and a concerto for haegeum and orchestra. Performers of his music include the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony, the Russia Ulan Ude Symphony, the National Orchestra of Korea, the KBS Orchestra (Korea), the Changwon Philharmonic, the Louisville Orchestra, the Honolulu Symphony, the Honolulu Symphony Chorus, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Kyo-Shin-An Arts, the Cassatt Quartet, Contemporary Music Ensemble Korea, the Busan National Gugak Center Orchestra, the Gimhae (Korea) Gayageum Orchestra, Pro Musica Nipponia, AURA-J, the Chinese Music Virtuosi (Hong Kong), AsianArt Ensemble (Berlin), the Salzburg Mozarteum String Quartet, conductors Naoto Otomo, Kazuhiro Koizumi and David Stock, and renowned virtuosi Jiyoung Yi (gayageum), Yang Jing (pipa), Seizan Sakata (shakuhachi), Reiko Kimura (koto), Parry Karp (cello), I-Bei Lin (cello), Ignace Jang (violin), Thomas Rosenkranz (piano), and soprano Tony Arnold. A longtime collaboration with the Honolulu Symphony (now Hawai‘i Symphony) has produced five commissions, including three large-scale works.

Dr. Womack’s music can be heard on a dozen releases on the Albany, Equilibrium, AkdangIban, Synnara, Tokyo CMC and other labels in the U.S., Korea and Japan. The Albany Records release Walk Across the Surface of the Sun (2008) features eight of his works for Japanese and Western instruments. Elements 五行 (2013) and Breaking Heaven 破天 (2014) feature seven more of his works for Chinese and Japanese instruments respectively. The latter was chosen one of the year’s top 10 releases by the influential New Music Box website of New Music USA. The upcoming recording Intertwined will feature six more of his works for Korean, Chinese, Japanese and Western string instruments.

The subject of critical acclaim, his work has been described as “moments of raw energy alternating with a brooding potentiality” by the Honolulu Advertiser, and his work has been hailed as “original, creative, and ingenious” by the Shimbun Akahata (Tokyo), “wonderfully mellow” by the Buffalo (NY) Daily News, and “distinctive, stirring, and exciting” by the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, which also described his Violin Concerto as “a powerful work, impressively crafted, that impacts listeners on a visceral level.”

The German periodical Neue Musikzeitung placed Dr. Womack among a group of American composers who "justify hopes that America should be capable of providing stimulus for a new century." As an active supporter of contemporary music and chamber music nationally and in the Hawai‘i community, he has directed numerous festivals and concerts of contemporary music. A faculty member at the University of Hawai‘i since 1994, Dr. Womack has chaired the music department and presently serves as professor of composition and theory, as well as a faculty member of the Center for Japanese Studies and an associate member of the Center for Korean Studies. (www.donaldwomack.com)

—updated July 2017



ABBREVIATED BIO

Donald Reid Womack is the composer of more than 90 works for orchestra, chamber ensembles, solo instruments, and voice. His music has been performed and broadcast throughout the United States, Japan, Korea, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, Italy, Germany, France, Russia, the Czech Republic, Poland, Argentina, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Egypt, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and Puerto Rico, and is published by Akamai Music, and C.F. Peters. Dr. Womack holds Doctoral and Masters degrees in composition from Northwestern University, Bachelors degrees in philosophy and music theory from Furman University, and has participated in such festivals as the Conservatoire Americain in Fontainebleau, France, the June in Buffalo Festival, and the Aspen Music Festival. The many organizations that have honored his work include ASCAP, Meet the Composer, the American Music Center, the Japan Foundation, and the National Center for the Korean Traditional Performing Arts (National Gugak Center) in Seoul, among others. He was the recipient of a Fulbright Research Fellowship to Japan in 2007-08, where he served as guest composer-in-residence with the Tokyo-based Japanese instrumental ensemble AURA-J, and was also a guest lecturer and composer in residence with the Korean Music Composition Program of Seoul National University in 2014.

His work with Japanese and other Asian instruments has placed him at the vanguard of intercultural composition, and has enabled him to make a significant contribution to the body of new literature for East Asian instruments. A prime example is his After, a double concerto for shakuhachi, koto, and orchestra. Commissioned and premiered by the Honolulu Symphony in 2006, the piece received its Japan premiere in 2010 by the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra to critical praise.

The recipient of more than 100 grants, commissions and awards, Dr. Womack received First Prizes in the Sigma Alpha Iota Inter-American Music Awards, the Leo M. Traynor Competition, and the Oahu Choral Society Composition Competition. He has also been honored with an Excellence in Scholarship Award from the University of Hawai‘i College of Arts and Humanities, and was awarded Individual Artist Fellowships from the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts in 1997 and again in 2002, becoming the only artist in any field to receive the award twice.

His major works include a symphony, a violin concerto, the aforementioned double concerto for shakuhachi, koto, and orchestra, a concerto for gayageum and orchestra, an oratorio for chorus and chamber orchestra, a triple concerto for shakuhachi, biwa and koto with ensemble of Japanese instruments, and a concerto for haegeum and orchestra. Performers of his music include the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony, the Russia Ulan Ude Symphony, the National Orchestra of Korea, the KBS Orchestra (Korea), the Changwon Philharmonic, the Louisville Orchestra, the Honolulu Symphony, the Honolulu Symphony Chorus, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Kyo-Shin-An Arts, the Cassatt Quartet, Contemporary Music Ensemble Korea, the Busan National Gugak Center Orchestra, the Gimhae (Korea) Gayageum Orchestra, Pro Musica Nipponia, AURA-J, the Chinese Music Virtuosi (Hong Kong), AsianArt Ensemble (Berlin), the Salzburg Mozarteum String Quartet, conductors Naoto Otomo, Kazuhiro Koizumi and David Stock, and renowned virtuosi Jiyoung Yi (gayageum), Yang Jing (pipa), Seizan Sakata (shakuhachi), Reiko Kimura (koto), Parry Karp (cello), I-Bei Lin (cello), Ignace Jang (violin), Thomas Rosenkranz (piano), and soprano Tony Arnold. A longtime collaboration with the Honolulu Symphony (now Hawai‘i Symphony) has produced five commissions, including three large-scale works.

The subject of critical acclaim, Dr. Womack’s work has been described as “moments of raw energy alternating with a brooding potentiality” by the Honolulu Advertiser, and his work has been hailed as “original, creative, and ingenious” by the Shimbun Akahata (Tokyo), “wonderfully mellow” by the Buffalo (NY) Daily News, and “distinctive, stirring, and exciting” by the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, which also described his Violin Concerto as “a powerful work, impressively crafted, that impacts listeners on a visceral level.”

A faculty member at the University of Hawai‘i since 1994, Dr. Womack has chaired the music department and presently serves as professor of composition and theory, as well as a faculty member of the Center for Japanese Studies and an associate member of the Center for Korean Studies. (www.donaldwomack.com)

—updated July 2017




SHORT BIO

The music of Donald Reid Womack has been performed and broadcast on six continents, and honored by more than 100 grants, commissions and awards, including a Fulbright Research Fellowship to Japan, two Artist Fellowships from the State of Hawai‘i, and first prize in the Sigma Alpha Iota Inter-American Music Awards. His compositional output consists of more than 90 works for orchestra, chamber ensembles, solo instruments, chorus and voice, as well as for Japanese, Korean and Chinese instruments. His major works include a symphony, a violin concerto, a double concerto for shakuhachi, koto, and orchestra, a concerto for gayageum and orchestra, an oratorio for chorus and chamber orchestra, a triple concerto for shakuhachi, biwa and koto with ensemble of Japanese instruments, and a concerto for haegeum and orchestra.

Performers of his music include the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony, the Russia Ulan Ude Symphony, the National Orchestra of Korea, the KBS Orchestra (Korea), the Changwon Philharmonic, the Louisville Orchestra, the Honolulu Symphony, the Honolulu Symphony Chorus, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Kyo-Shin-An Arts, the Cassatt Quartet, Contemporary Music Ensemble Korea, the Busan National Gugak Center Orchestra, the Gimhae (Korea) Gayageum Orchestra, Pro Musica Nipponia, AURA-J, the Chinese Music Virtuosi (Hong Kong), AsianArt Ensemble (Berlin), the Salzburg Mozarteum String Quartet, conductors Naoto Otomo, Kazuhiro Koizumi and David Stock, and renowned virtuosi Jiyoung Yi (gayageum), Yang Jing (pipa), Seizan Sakata (shakuhachi), Reiko Kimura (koto), Parry Karp (cello), I-Bei Lin (cello), Ignace Jang (violin), Thomas Rosenkranz (piano), and soprano Tony Arnold. A faculty member at the University of Hawai‘i since 1994, Dr. Womack has chaired the music department and presently serves as professor of composition and theory, as well as a faculty member of the Center for Japanese Studies and an associate member of the Center for Korean Studies. (www.donaldwomack.com)

—updated July 2017
For the past decade, Donald Reid Womack has been creating a fascinating body of chamber music utilizing both Western and Asian instruments. Breaking Heaven, Womack’s trio for cello, shakuhachi, and 21-string koto, is a great starting point for listeners eager to hear the exciting sonic result of this synthesis.Frank J. OteriNew Music USA New Music Box
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Womack's Line Drive, for shakuhachi, Chinese pipa, and 21-string koto was an original, creative, and ingenious workAkahata (Tokyo) Shimbun
Even at nearly ten minutes, A Glinting Edge of Sky sings intensely. Koto and shakuhachi play their own material at what seems like an illusion of each player’s independent pace. Yet the two strains fit each other. The score has the concentration of a haiku.classicalCDreview.comReview of the CD Walk Across the Surface of the Sun
In this well-structured work, with rhythmic and motivic motion and a Japanese emotional character, the continuing tension and moving sound and the gentle and quiet sections given to shakuhachi and koto are musically executed for 35 minutes, with the relation between motion and stillness skillfully handled. (On a concert featuring several of Japan’s most venerated composers) it was the most rewarding piece.Ongaku no TomoReview of the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony’s Japan premiere of After.
The score has no development in the classical sense, but it keeps listener interest for nearly 12 minutes with just two instruments. Pretty impressive.classicalCDreview.comReview of strung out, on the CD Walk Across the Surface of the Sun
Womack's Concerto is a powerful work, impressively crafted, that impacts listeners on a visceral level. It was striking even among familiar masterworks; among other contemporary premieres, it might have seemed extraordinary.Honolulu Star-BulletinReview of the Honolulu Symphony's premiere of Violin Concerto – In questi tempi di Conflitto
Percussive cross-rhythms and syncopations drive the music along… with manic energy. It may well count as my favorite piece on the CD. It won’t let my fingers or toes keep from tapping.classicalCDreview.comReview of Walk Across the Surface of the Sun
The highlight of the evening was the world premiere of Donald Reid Womack's Na Iwi o Pele (The Bones of Pele). Womack's expressive language, drawing on techniques as diverse as Stravinsky's syncopated percussive rhythms and Reich's minimalist cells, is eclectic but also distinctive... a stirring, exciting work.Honolulu Star-Bulletin
An Infinite Moment reminds me a bit of Copland pastoral — slow, telling progressions of widely-spaced chords and terse melody, all trying to burrow inside you. Womack sets up interesting contrasts between consonance and dissonance. It seems shorter than it actually is, one clue to its quality.classicalCDreview.comReview of the CD Walk Across the Surface of the Sun
Perhaps it was the multi-metric, volcanic, seething passion of the fast section. Or perhaps the lush beauty of the slow, melancholy tutti theme near the end. Whatever the cause, by the end of the piece, the audience was listening intently and the pianissimo close capped by a bell rang undisturbed - at least until the audience erupted into enthusiastic applause.Honolulu Star-BulletinReview of the Honolulu Symphony's premiere of On Fields of Frozen Fire
On Fields of Frozen Fire has moments of raw energy alternating with a brooding potentiality. There were several interesting passages that seemed to embody its title, and the work was met with genuine appreciation.Honolulu Advertiser
This morceau’s a bit of le jazz hot, à la the Copland piano concerto. It’s a quick delight.classicalCDreview.comReview of A Little Something Extra, on the CD Walk Across the Surface of the Sun
Wonderfully mellow, and spritely (sic) in its metrical incisiveness.Buffalo Daily NewsReview of Visceral
A country that could produce a Charles Ives should... be capable of providing stimulus for a new century. Among the developing composers present here who justified such hopes and whose names deserve notice, one should include Donald Womack.Neue MusikzeitungReview of the 1996 June in Buffalo Festival
The third concert was the most consistently enjoyable of the entire festival. Standout works were Georgiev's Dialogues for clarinet and cello, and Womack's Once the Sky Unfolds for viola and piano.American Record GuideSeptember/October 1996 review of Florida State University's Eighth Biennial Festival of New Music

Past Performances

Friday, October 18, 2019혼무 Dancing with Spirits - haegeum concertoNational Gugak Center 국립국악원Seoul, KoreaThe Ehwa Womans University Gugak Orchestra 이화여자대학교 국악 관현악단 and soloist Sojung Kim 김소정 perform Donald Reid Womack's haegeum concerto "혼무 Dancing With Spirits".more info...
Friday, June 21, 2019운악 音樂 Unak Seoul Donhwamun Traditional TheaterSeoul, KoreaDalmoon Art Company 아트컴퍼니달문 premieres the sextet version of "Intertwined" for daegeum, haegeum, viola, 2 gayageum and janggumore info...
Friday, May 31, 2019소리 (Sori)Busan Cultural Center Chamber Hall 부산문화회관 챔버홀Busan, KoreaHee-Yeon Choi haegeum recital 최희연 해금독주회more info...
Wednesday, May 22, 2019Jeongmin Son Piri Recital 손정민의 피리 리사이틀National Gugak Center 국립국악원Seoul, KoreaJeongmin Son performs 금강 전도 (Geumgang Jeondo) for piri and janggumore info...
Tuesday, May 21, 2019Premieres of two new worksNational Gugak Center 국립국악원Seoul, KoreaSe-yeon Park premieres two commissioned works, 달에 비친 아홉 꼬리 (Gumiho) for 25-string gayageum, and 해태 Haetae, for sanjo gayageum. 박세연의 가야금 리사이틀more info...
Sunday, May 19, 2019소리 (Sori)Kumho Art Hall 금호아트홀Seoul, Korea소리 (Sori) performed at the haegeum recital of Eunyeong Kim. 김은영 해금 리사이틀.
Wednesday, May 08, 2019Gayageum Concerto "Scattered Rhythms" in Bogota, ColombiaConservatorio de Música Universidad Nacional de ColombiaBogotá, ColombiaSoloist Jiyoung Yi 이지영 and the National University of Colombia Conservatory of Music Orchestra perform Scattered Rhythms, Donald Reid Womack's concerto for gayageum and orchestramore info...
Wednesday, April 10, 2019Kyung-ah Kim Piri Recital 김경아의 피리 리사이틀National Gugak Center 국립국악원Seoul, KoreaVirtuoso piri player Kyung-ah Kim's recital features the world premiere of Rippling Liquid Metal for piri, gayageum, ajaeng, geomungo and percussion, as well as a performance of 금강 전도 (Geumgang Jeondo) for piri and janggu.more info...
Sunday, April 07, 2019Hong Kong New Music EnsembleTongyeong International Music FestivalTongyeong, KoreaThe Hong Kong New Music Ensemble and soloist Yoon-jeong Heo 허윤정 give the world premiere of Donald Reid Womack's concerto for geomungo and large chamber ensemble "Power Lines"more info...
Thursday, April 04, 2019巫 무 Mu for gayageum and jangguNational Gugak High School 국악고등학교Seoul, KoreaJihyun Yun 윤지현 performs 巫 무 Mu
Sunday, March 31, 2019Three PsalmsChurch of St. Paul The ApostleNew York, NYThree Psalms performed by Jonathan Moralesmore info...
Sunday, March 24, 2019도깨비 (Demons)Korea Culture House (KOUS) 한국문화의집Seoul, KoreaJi Eun Yi 이지언 performs 도깨비 (Demons) for solo sanjo gayageummore info...
Friday, March 01, 2019五行 ElementsUniversity of Hawaii Orvis AuditoriumHonolulu, HIYang Jing joins University of Hawaii faculty to perform 五行 Elements, for pipa and string triomore info...
Wednesday, February 27, 2019미로 Labyrinth and 줄타기 Highwire Act서울 민속극장풍류Seoul, Korea가야금 피어나 컨템포러리, featuring 미로 Labyrinth and 줄타기 Highwire Act more info...
Sunday, February 25, 2019五行 Elements in Hong KongRoyal Theatre of Hong KongVirtuoso pipa player Yang Jing and the Royal Theatre of Hong Kong Chamber Players perform Donald Reid Womack's 五行 Elements
Monday, January 21, 2019Davos World Economic ForumDavos, SwitzerlandRenowned pipa player Yang Jing and Luzern Festival Strings perform the quartet version of 五行 Elements
Saturday, December 08, 2018Honolulu Symphonic ChorusLutheran Church of HonoluluHonolulu, HIThe Honolulu Symphonic Chorus performs "O magnum mysterium"more info...
Wednesday, December 05, 2018Seoul Gayageum Ensemble 서울 가야금 앙상블Seoul, KoreaSeoul Gayageum Ensemble 서울 가야금 앙상블 performs "Labyrinth 미로" for gayageum quartet
Saturday, November 17, 2018무노리 (Mu Nori) - Gayageum ConcertoGyeonggi Arts Center 경기도국악당 흥겨운극장Gyeonggi-do, KoreaThe Gyeonggi Korean Orchestra, with soloist Gilseon Jung, gives the world premiere of Donald Reid Womack's shaman-influenced gayageum concerto "무노리 (Mu Nori)". 경기도립국악단, 가야금: 정길선more info...
Wednesday, November 14, 2018Owls on StiltsBlaisdell Concert HallHonolulu, HIThe Hawaii Symphony Orchestra performs Donald Womack's "Owls on Stilts", one movement of "Symphony of the Hawaiian Birds". This work, the result of a six-composer collaboration and scored with original video by several of Hawaii's top filmmakers, highlights the native birds of Hawaii that are facing extinction.
Sunday, November 04, 2018Blue Ridge SeasonsStewart TheatreRaleigh, NCSoloist Ralph Farris and the Raleigh Chamber Orchestra with conductor Peter Askim present the world premiere of "Blue Ridge Seasons", Donald Reid Womack's bluegrass-tinged viola concerto.
Saturday, November 03, 2018소리 (Sori)Culture Complex AiSeoul, Korea소리 (Sori) performed on the haegeum recital of Soobin Kim 김수빈.
Thursday, November 01, 2018Owls on StiltsBlaisdell Concert HallHonolulu, HIThe Hawaii Symphony Orchestra gives multiple performances of Donald Womack's "Owls on Stilts", one movement of "Symphony of the Hawaiian Birds". This work, the result of a six-composer collaboration and scored with original video by several of Hawaii's top filmmakers, highlights the native birds of Hawaii that are facing extinction.
Wednesday, October 31, 2018Owls on StiltsBlaisdell Concert HallHonolulu, HIThe Hawaii Symphony Orchestra gives multiple performances of Donald Womack's "Owls on Stilts", one movement of "Symphony of the Hawaiian Birds". This work, the result of a six-composer collaboration and scored with original video by several of Hawaii's top filmmakers, highlights the native birds of Hawaii that are facing extinction.
Friday, October 26, 2018줄타기 Highwire ActRaye Freedman Arts CentreAuckland, New ZealandSe-yeon Park 박세연 performs 줄타기 Highwire Act for solo sanjo gayageum
Friday, October 26, 2018Crossed Wires 혼선University of Hawaii Orvis AuditoriumHonolulu, HIEnsemble Nabi performs "Crossed Wires 혼선" for two 18-string gayageummore info...
Thursday, October 25, 2018Spiral Toward the Center of the SkyNational Gugak Center 국립국악원Seoul, KoreaDonald Reid Womack's trio "Spiral Toward the Center of the Sky" performed on the annual Seoul National University showcase concertmore info...
Tuesday, June 19, 2018줄타기 Highwire ActGayatgoeul Art Hall 아트홀 가얏고을Seoul, KoreaHyemi Kim 김혜미 and Hyunju Song 송현주 perform the duo version of 줄타기 Highwire Act for gayageummore info...
Wednesday, May 30, 2018Yoon-jeong Heo 허윤정Seoul Arts Center Jayu Theater 예술의 전당 자유소극장Seoul, KoreaYoon-jeong Heo 허윤정 gives the world premiere of Donald Reid Womack's virtuosic tour de force "Power Lines" for geomungo.more info...
Sunday, May 20, 2018Weaving Sound 위빙 소리National Gugak Center Pungnyu Theater 국립국악원 풍류사Seoul, KoreaMijung Jung 정미정 and Subok Seo 서수복 give the premiere of "Weaving Sound 위빙 소리" for ajaeng and janggu.more info...
Wednesday, May 9, 2018Owls on StiltsBlaisdell Concert HallHonolulu, HIThe Hawaii Symphony Orchestra premieres Donald Womack's "Owls on Stitls", one movement of "Symphony of the Hawaiian Birds". This work, the result of a six-composer collaboration and scored with original video by several of Hawaii's top filmmakers, highlights the native birds of Hawaii that are facing extinction.
Sunday, April 29, 2018Duo Yumeno 夢乃Ravenswood Fellowship ChurchChicago, ILDuo Yumeno performs "A Glinting Edge of Sky"more info...
Friday, April 13, 2018혼무 Dancing with Spirits - haegeum concertoNational Gugak Center Yeak Hall 국립국악원 여악당Seoul, KoreaThe National Gugak Center Orchestra 국립국악관 창작악단 and soloist Aera Kim 김애라 give a repeat performance of Donald Reid Womack's haegeum concerto "혼무 Dancing With Spirits".more info...
Thursday, April 12, 2018혼무 Dancing with Spirits - haegeum concertoNational Gugak Center Yeak Hall 국립국악원 여악당Seoul, KoreaThe National Gugak Center Orchestra 국립국악관 창작악단 and soloist Aera Kim 김애라 perform Donald Reid Womack's haegeum concerto "혼무 Dancing With Spirits".more info...
Thursday, April 5, 2018IntertwinedMaru Hall, Gimhae Arts and Sports CenterGimhae, KoreaIntertwined, for viola, gayageum and janggu, featured at the Gimhae Gayageum Festival
Thursday, March 15, 2018Labyrinth 미로Hanyang University 한양대학교 백남 음악관Seoul, KoreaHanyang Unversity Gayageum Ensemble 한양대학교 국악과 가야금 앙상블 performs "Labyrinth 미로" for gayageum quartet
Thursday, March 15, 2018water (falls)Orvis AuditoriumHonolulu, HIPianist Matthew McCright performs the virtusoic ode to rain "water (falls)"
Sunday, March 4, 2018Duo Yumeno 夢乃Orvis AuditoriumHonolulu, HIDuo Yumeno performs "A Glinting Edge of Sky" for cello and koto
Sunday, February 25, 2018天の浮き橋 (The Floating Bridge of Heaven)Tenri Cultural InstituteNew York, NYKyo-Shin-An Arts and Voxare String Quartet perform 天の浮き橋 The Floating Bridge of Heaven, for shakuhachi, shamisen and string quartet.more info...
Saturday, January 13, 2018Duo Yumeno 夢乃Queens LibraryQueens, NYDuo Yumeno gives the world premier of the cello and koto version of "A Glinting Edge of Sky"more info...
Sunday, December 17, 2017금강 전도 (Geumgang Jeondo)Seoul National University Concert Hall 서울대학교Seoul, KoreaHye-won Kim 김해원 performs Geumgang Jeondo for piri and janggu. 금강 전도.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017줄타기 Highwire ActNational Gugak Center Umyeondang 국립국악원 우면당Seoul, KoreaSeul Gi Lee 이술기 performs 줄타기 Highwire Act for solo sanjo gayageummore info...
Wednesday, November 22, 2017Scattered Rhythms - concerto for gayageum and Korean traditionalNational Gugak Center 국립국악원Seoul, KoreaSoloist Jihyun Yun 윤지현 and the Seoul National University Traditional Orchestra perform Donald Reid Womack's gayageum concerto "Scattered Rhythms".more info...
Saturday, November 11, 2017Festival de Música de Morelia, MexicoMorelia, MexicoJi-young Yi 이지영 performs 줄타기 Highwire Act for solo sanjo gayageum at the Morelia Music Festivalmore info...
Saturday, October 28, 2017혼무 Dancing with Spirits - haegeum concertoNational Gugak Center 국립국악원Seoul, KoreaSoloist Soojeong Ko 고수정 and the Seoul National University Traditional Orchestra perform Donald Reid Womack's haegeum concerto "혼무 Dancing With Spirits".more info...
Thursday, September 28, 2017Gayageum Concerto "Scattered Rhythms"National Theater of KoreaSeoul, KoreaThe National Orchestra of Korea (국립국악관현악단) with soloist Jiyoung Yi (이지영) performs "Scattered Rhythms", Donald Reid Womack's concerto for gayageum and gugak orchestra.more info...
Monday, September 18, 2017소리 (Sori)Hanyang University 한양대학교Seoul, Korea소리 (Sori) performed at Hanyang University, featuring haegeum player Sung Ah Kim 김성아.
Saturday, September 9, 2017IntertwinedOrvis AuditoriumHonolulu, HIEnsemble Collabo premieres the quintet version of "Intertwined" for haegeum, viola, geomungo, janggu and piano
Sunday, September 3, 2017Seoul Gayageum Ensemble 서울 가야금 앙상블National Gugak Center 국립국악원Seoul, KoreaSeoul Gayageum Ensemble 서울 가야금 앙상블 gives the premiere of "Labyrinth 미로" for gayageum quartetmore info...
Monday, June 5, 2017줄타기 Highwire ActSeoul National UniversitySeoul, KoreaCheoljin Kim 김철진 performs 줄타기 Highwire Act for solo sanjo gayageum
Wednesday, May 24, 2017Three Trees 三木Toyosu HallTokyo, JapanPro Musica Nipponia performs Donald Womack's triple concerto Three Trees 三木, in honor of the late Minoru Miki. Hiromu Motonaga, shakuhachi; Akiko Kubota, biwa; Reiko Miyake, 21-string koto; Donald Reid Womack, conductor

故三木稔先生に捧げるトリプルコンチェルトThree Trees 三木。 演奏家:日本音楽し集団;元永拓、尺八;久保田晶子、琵琶;三宅礼子、二十絃箏;ドナルド・リード・ウォマック、指揮
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Saturday, May 20, 2017소리 (Sori)Seoul Donhwamun Traditional TheaterSeoul, Korea소리 (Sori) performed at the haegeum recital of Jyeonghyun Joo. 주정현 해금 리사이틀.
Friday, May 19, 2017소리 (Sori)Seoul Donhwamun Traditional TheaterSeoul, Korea소리 (Sori) performed at the haegeum recital of Jyeonghyun Joo. 주정현 해금 리사이틀.
Sunday, May 14, 2017금강 전도 (Geumgang Jeondo)Seoul, KoreaKyung-ah Kim 김경아 gives the world premiere of Geumgang Jeondo for piri and janggu. 금강 전도의세계 초연, 김경아의 피리 리사이틀.more info...
Thursday, May 4, 2017줄타기 Highwire ActChinese Culture University 中國文化大學Taipei, TaiwanJi-young Yi 이지영 performs 줄타기 Highwire Act for solo sanjo gayageum
Thursday, April 27, 2017줄타기 Highwire ActSeoul, KoreaJeongah Jo 조정아 performs 줄타기 Highwire Act for solo sanjo gayageum
Thursday, April 27, 2017Crossed Wires 혼선Maru Hall, Gimhae Arts and Sports CenterGimhae, KoreaThe Gimhae Municipal Gayageum Orchestra (김해시립 가야금연주단) performs Crossed Wires 혼선.more info...
Monday, March 6, 2017U.S. Premiere of Dancing With Spirits 혼무Merkin HallNew York, New YorkEnsemble 212 and soloist Sooyeon Lyuh give the U.S. premiere of Donald Womack's haegeum concerto.more info...
Sunday, February 19, 2017Spiral Toward the Center of the SkyOrvis AuditoriumHonolulu, HI"Spiral Toward the Center of the Sky" performed by Chiwan Park (piri), Jiyoung Yi (gayageum), and Woongsik Kim (janggu)more info...
Saturday, February 18, 2017IntertwinedOrvis AuditoriumHonolulu, HI"Intertwined" performed by Jiyoung Yi (gayageum), Jeungmin Park (cello), and Donald Reid Womack (janggu)more info...
Friday, February 3, 2017Jiyoung Yi, gayageum 이지영, 고야금Orvis AuditoriumHonolulu, HIWorld premiere of "Intertwined" with Jiyoung Yi (gayageum), Anna Womack (viola), and Donald Reid Womack (janggu)more info...
Friday, December 16, 2016혼무 Dancing with Spirits - haegeum concertoBusan National Gugak Center 국립 부산국악원Busan, Korea
Wednesday, December 14, 2016Premiere of 도깨비 (Demons)Korea Culture House (KOUS) 한국문화의집Seoul, KoreaJi Eun Yi 이지언 gives the world premiere of 도깨비 (Demons) for solo sanjo gayageummore info...
Monday, December 12, 2016巫 무 Mu for gayageum and jangguSeoul National University 서울대학교Seoul, KoreaEunhwa Lee, gayageum recital 이언화, 가야금more info...
Tuesday, November 8, 2016줄타기 Highwire ActSeoul National University 서울대학교Seoul, KoreaJi-young Yi 이지영 performs 줄타기 Highwire Act for solo sanjo gayageummore info...
Thursday, November 3, 2016Contemporary Music Ensemble KoreaSeoul Donhwamun Traditional Theater 서올돈화문국악당Seoul, KoreaContemporary Music Ensemble performs "Spiral Toward the Center of the Sky" on November 3 and 4
Monday, October 24, 2016소리 (Sori)Korea National University of Arts 한국예술종합학교Seoul, Korea소리 (Sori) performed at the hageum recital of Saehanbyeol Mun. 새한별의 해금 리사이틀.more info...
Thursday, October 20, 2016Scattered RhythmsGimhae, KoreaThe Changwon Philharmonic Orchestra and soloist Samsoo Jang (장삼수) perform "Scattered Rhythms", Donald Reid Womack's concerto for gayageum and Western orchestra.more info...
Friday, October 7, 2016National Gugak Center Yeakdang Hall 국립국악원 예악당Seoul, Korea"The Sound of Drums Echoes Beyond the Heavens" performed by the Traditional Orchestra of the Korea National University of the Arts, Sung Jin Kim, conductor.
도날드 워맥의 "하늘 저편에 울려 퍼지는 북소리", 한국예술종합학교 관현악, 지휘자: 김성진
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Friday, September 30, 2016"Liquid Metal" at the Uijeongbu Gayageum FestivalUijeongbu Arts Center 의정부 예술의전당Uijeongbu, KoreaThe Gimhae Municipal Gayageum Orchestra (김해시립 가야금연주단) performs "Liqud Metal" for gayageum ensemble and percussion.more info...
Friday, September 23, 2016혼무 Dancing with Spirits - haegeum concertoGyeonggi Arts Center 경기도국악당 흥겨운극장Gyeonggi-do, KoreaThe Gyeonggi Korean Traditional Orchestra, with soloist Yumi Dan, performs Donald Reid Womack's haegeum concerto "Dancing With Spirits". 경기도립국악단, 해금: 단유미more info...
Saturday, September 17, 2016Premiere of 短歌 (Tanka)Tenri Cultural InstituteNew York, New YorkDonald Reid Womack's short work "短歌 (Tanka)", for shakuhachi, violin and cello, is premiered in New York City.more info...
Thursday, September 1, 2016Seoul Gayageum Ensemble 서울 가야금 앙상블Korea Culture House (KOUS) 한국문화의집Seoul, Korea졸타기 Highwire Act - version for gayageum ensemblemore info...
Wednesday, July 27, 2016소리 (Sori)Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary ArtNorth Adams, MA소리 (Sori) performed at the Bang on a Can Festival.more info...
Saturday, July 23, 2016혼무 Dancing with Spirits - haegeum concertoBusan National Gugak Center 국립 부산국악원Busan, Korea
Tuesday, July 12, 2016World Premiere of "Crossed Wires 혼선"National Gugak Center 국립국악원Seoul, KoreaThe Society of Kim Byung-ho Sanjo School gives the world premiere of "Crossed Wires 혼선", Donald Reid Womack's duo for two18-string gayageum.more info...
Wednesday, July 6, 2016줄타기 Highwire ActNational Gugak Center 국립국악원Seoul, KoreaJi-young Yi 이지영 performs 줄타기 Highwire Act for solo sanjo gayageummore info...
Saturday, June 4, 2016International Shakuhachi Festival PragueAcademy of Performing Arts in PragueCzech RepublicDonald Reid Womack's "A Glinting Edge of Sky" for shakuhachi and koto , and "太刀花 (Sword Flower)" in its version for shakuhachi and violin will be featured at the world's premiere international shakuhachi event, with renowned shakuhachi performer Hiromu Motonaga.more info...
Thursday, May 19, 2016World premiere of "Liquid Metal"Maru Hall, Gimhae Arts and Sports CenterSouth KoreaThe Gimhae Municipal Gayageum Orchestra (김해시립 가야금연주단) gives the first performance of "Liqud Metal" for gayageum ensemble and percussion.more info...
Saturday, April 30, 2016혼무 Dancing with Spirits - haegeum concertoBusan National Gugak Center 국립 부산국악원Busan, Korea
Friday, April 22, 2016World Premiere of "Scattered Rhythms"National Theater of KoreaSeoul, KoreaThe National Orchestra of Korea (국립국악관현악단) with soloist Jiyoung Yi (이지영) gives the world premiere of "Scattered Rhythms", Donald Reid Womack's concerto for gayageum and gugak orchestra.more info...
Thursday, April 21, 2016혼무 Dancing with Spirits - haegeum concertoKBS Hall KBS 홀Seoul, KoreaThe KBS Traditional Music Orchestra, with soloist Semi Lee, performs Donald Reid Womack's haegeum concerto "Dancing With Spirits".
Wednesday, April 13, 2016Heritage and Modernity Conference in Cairo, EgyptEwart Hall, American University in CairoCairo, EgyptYi Jiyoung 이지영 performs 줄타기 Highwire Actmore info...
Friday April 8, 2016Hawaii Youth SymphonyBlaisdell Concert HallHonolulu, HawaiiThe Hawaii Youth Symphony, directed by Maestro Henry Miyamura, gives the world premiere of Donald Reid Womack's "Rush".more info...
Wednesday, March 16, 2016New Sounds for Silk Strings: Contemporary Gayageum Music from EaWellesley College Jewett Art Center Auditorium, BostonHighwire Act 줄타기 performed by Jiyoung Yimore info...
Thursday, March 10, 2016Hawaii Five-Oh!Orvis AuditoriumHonolulu, HIA concert celebrating Donald Reid Womack's 50th birthday. The University of Hawaii Contemporary Ensemble, joined by guest performers from Seoul, New York and Honolulu, presents performances of the composer's works, including 소리 (Sori), Breaking Heaven 破天, An Infinite Moment, Splashed Ink, and fff (falling, floating, flying).more info...
Saturday March 5 and Sunday March 6, 2016Pro Musica Nipponia 日本音楽集団University of Hawaii Orvis AuditoriumHonolulu, HI 96825The renowned Tokyo-based Pro Musica Nipponia ensemble performs Donald Reid Womack's "Bend" for shakuhachi, shamisen and koto in Honolulu on two concerts as it concludes its U.S. Tour.more info...
Sunday February 28, 2016Pro Musica Nipponia 日本音楽集団Asia Society Brown Foundation Performing Arts TheaterHouston, TexasThe renowned Tokyo-based Pro Musica Nipponia ensemble performs Donald Reid Womack's "Bend" for shakuhachi, shamisen and koto in Houston as part of its U.S. Tour.more info...
Saturday, February 27, 2016혼무 Dancing with Spirits - haegeum concertoBusan National Gugak Center 국립 부산국악원Busan, Korea
Friday February 26, 2016Pro Musica Nipponia 日本音楽集団Tenri Cultural InstituteNew York, New YorkThe renowned Tokyo-based Pro Musica Nipponia ensemble performs Donald Reid Womack's "Bend" for shakuhachi, shamisen and koto in New York City as part of its U.S. Tour.more info...
Saturday January 16, 2016Varied TrioMonk Space at Villa AuroraLos Angeles, CaliforniaThe cutting-edge Varied Trio performs a concert of new music, including Donald Womack's "An Infinite Moment"more info...
Thursday, November 26, 2015무巫굿Korea Culture House (KOUS) 한국문화의집Seoul, Korea정길선, 가야금 Gilseon Jung, gayageum recital including the world premiere of "Ritual Resonance 굿 울림" for gayageum, ajaeng and percussion by Donald Reid Womackmore info...
Friday, November 13, 2015혼무 Dancing with Spirits - haegeum concertoNational Gugak Center Yeak Hall 국립국악원 여악당Seoul, KoreaThe Chugye University of the Arts Gugak Orchestra 추계예술대학교 국악과 perform Donald Reid Womack's haegeum concerto "혼무 Dancing With Spirits".
Monday, November 2, 2015a suspended liquid veilShenyang Conversatory, Shenyang, ChinaPianist Jonathan Korth performs the middle movement of "water (falls)"
Thursday, October 29, 2015a suspended liquid veilShanghai Normal University, Shanghai, ChinaPianist Jonathan Korth performs the middle movement of "water (falls)"
Tuesday, October 20, 2015a suspended liquid veilOrvis AuditoriumHonolulu, HawaiiPianist Jonathan Korth performs the middle movement of "water (falls)"more info...
Monday, October 5, 2015Korea premiere of Donald Reid Womack's Gayageum ConcertoSeoul Arts CenterSeoul, KoreaRussia Ulan Ude Opera and Ballet Theater Symphony Orchestra
Noh Taechul, conductor
Yi Jiyoung, gayageum soloist
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Saturday, September 19, 2015Varied TrioOrvis AuditoriumHonolulu, HawaiiLos Angeles-based Varied Trio performs a concert of new music, including Donald Womack's "An Infinite Moment"more info...
Monday, September 14, 2015Pipa and Gayageum Encounter 琵琶與伽倻琴的相遇Eslite Hall 誠品表演廳Taipei, TaiwanYi Jiyoung 이지영 performs 줄타기 Highwire Actmore info...
Sunday, September 13, 2015AsianArt EnsembleMuseum für Asiatische Kunst in Berlin-DahlemBerlin, GermanyIncluding the European premiere of 수리 (Sori), for haegeum, cello and janggumore info...
Saturday, September 5, 2015World premiere of Donald Reid Womack's Gayageum ConcertoUlan Ude, RussiaRussia Ulan Ude Symphony Orchestra
Noh Taechul, conductor
Yi Jiyoung, gayageum soloist
Thursday, July 23, 2015줄타기 Highwire ActNational Gugak Center 국립국악원Seoul, KoreaSe-yeon Park 박세연 performs 줄타기 Highwire Act for solo sanjo gayageummore info...
Thursday, July 23, 2015소리 (Sori)National Gugak Center 국립국악원Seoul, KoreaMembers of the Seoul National Gugak Center Contemporary Orchestra perform the version of 고리 (Sori) for 2 haegeum, ajaeng and janggu.more info...
Saturday, July 11, 2015Pro Musica Nipponia Concert 日本音楽集団のコンサートYomiuri Otemachi Hall よみうり大手町ホールTokyo, JapanWorld Premiere of Donald Reid Womack's Raijin 雷神 for septet of Japanese instrumentsmore info...
Saturday, March 14, 2015줄타기 Highwire Act민속극장 풍류 Pungryu Folk TheaterSeoul, KoreaYi Jiyoung 이지영 performs 줄타기 Highwire Act
Sunday, February 22, 2015Chinese Music VirtuosiUniversity of Hawaii Orvis AuditoriumHonolulu, HawaiiPerforming Donald Reid Womack's trio for erhu, pipa and guzheng "An Enveloping Rain"more info...
Saturday, February 21, 2015Chinese Music VirtuosiUniversity of Hawaii Orvis AuditoriumHonolulu, HawaiiPerforming Donald Reid Womack's trio for erhu, pipa and guzheng "An Enveloping Rain"more info...
Tuesday, January 13, 2015New York Intercultural Music Society ConcertHonolulu Museum of ArtHonolulu, HawaiiSean Yung-Hsiang Wang, violin
Lai Yi-Chieh, guzheng
Honolulu premiere of "Splashed Ink" for violin and guzhengmore info...
Saturday, December 13, 2014New York Intercultural Music Society ConcertChrist the King Lutheran ChurchHouston, TexasSean Yung-Hsiang Wang, violin
Lai Yi-Chieh, guzheng
World premiere of "Splashed Ink" for violin and guzheng
Saturday, December 6, 2014Music for Korean instruments by Donald Reid WomackBukchon Changwoo Theater 북촌창우극장Seoul, KoreaSpiral Toward the Center of the Sky (piri, gayageum, janggu)
소리 Sori (haegeum, cello, janggu)
巫 무 Mu (gayageum and janggu)
줄타기 Highwire Act (gayageum)
太刀花 Sword Flower (version for 2 daegeum)
Sunday, November 23, 2014天の浮き橋 (The Floating Bridge of Heaven)Tenri Cultural InstituteNew York, NYKyo-Shin-An Arts and Cassatt String Quartet give the New York premiere of 天の浮き橋 The Floating Bridge of Heaven, for shakuhachi, shamisen and string quartet.more info...
Saturday, November 1, 2014Reiko Kimura Koto Recital 木村玲子箏リサイタルKaruizawa Ohga Hall 軽井沢大賀ホールNagano, JapanKoto Coloring Bookmore info...
Friday, October 24, 2014혼무 Dancing with Spirits - haegeum concertoBusan National Gugak Center 국립 부산국악원Busan, Koreamore info...
Sunday, October 19, 2014줄타기 Highwire ActSeoul, KoreaAnnual concert of the Asian Zither Society (아시아 琴 고교류회)졸타기 Highwire Act - premiere of the version for gayageum ensemblemore info...
October 12-17, 2014Composer Residency at Seoul National UniversityCollege of Music, Departments of Composition and Korean MusicSeoul, KoreaPerformances and lectures on music by Donald Reid Womack
Concert Friday October 17, 2014 featuring "소리 (Sori)", "fff" and "The Sound of Drums Echoes Beyond the Heavens".
more info...
Wednesday, September 24, 2014소리 (Sori)National Gugak Center, Yeakdang Hall 국립국악원, 예악당Seoul, Koreamore info...
Wednesday, September 17, 2014Busan Maru International Music FestivalBusan National Gugak Center 국립 부산국악원Busan, KoreaPremiere of "The Sound of Drums Echoes Beyond the Heavens" for Korean traditional orchestramore info...
Friday, September 12, 2014소리 (Sori)National Gugak Center, Yeakdang Hall 국립국악원, 예악당Seoul, Koreamore info...
Saturday, May 24, 2014太刀花 (Sword Flower)Calvary Episcopal ChurchKaneohe, HawaiiWu Hung and Nancy Shoop-Wu, violins
Sunday, May 4, 2014H2O water in all its formsWest Side Presbyterian ChurchRidgewood, New JerseyPalisades Virtuosi performs ‘Ainamore info...
Tuesday, April 22, 2014University of Hawai‘i Contemporary Music EnsembleOrvis AuditoriumHonolulu, HawaiiWorky by Hawai‘i composers, including Donald Reid Womack's fff (falling, floating, flying) for cello and piano.more info...
Sunday, April 13, 2014Japan PerspectiveJan Hus ChurchNew York, NYThomas Piercy, clarinet
Vilian Ivantchev, guitar
Premiere of 箏曲 Sōkyokumore info...
Saturday, April 5, 2014天の浮き橋 (The Floating Bridge of Heaven) (premiere)Doris Duke Theatre at the Honolulu Museum of ArtHonolulu, HawaiiKyo-Shin-An Arts and Cassatt String Quartet perform on the Honolulu Chamber Music Series, including 天の浮き橋 The Floating Bridge of Heaven, for shakuhachi, shamisen and string quartet.more info...
Friday, April 4, 2014Breaking Heaven 破天University of Hawaii Orvis AuditoriumHonolulu HawaiiKyo-Shin-An Arts performs new music for Japanese instruments by UH composers, including Breaking Heaven 破天 for shakuhachi, koto and cello.more info...
Saturday, December 14, 2013Ebb & Flow ArtsStudio 909Honolulu, HawaiiPre-concert discussion at 6:30An infinite Momentmore info...
Wednesday, December 11, 2013巫 무 Mu for gayageum and janggu (premiere)National Gugak Center 국립국악원Seoul, KoreaGilseon Jung, gayageum recital 정길선, 가야금more info...
Saturday, September 14, 2013Ji Eun Lee, gayageum recital 이지은, 가야금Namwon National Gugak Center 국립민속국악원Namwon, Korea줄타기 Highwire Actmore info...
Saturday, August 10, 2013竹つれづれコンサートMihama Hall 美浜文化音楽ホールChiba City, Japan太刀花 (Sword Flower) performedmore info...
Sunday, July 21, 2013Hawaii Performing Arts FestivalPalace TheatreHilo, HawaiiQuack Moore, pianoa suspended liquid veil
Sunday, July 21, 2013Viola da Gamba Society of America, 2013 ConclavePacific UniversityForest Grove, OregonO magnum mysterium
Friday, May 24, 2013Only a Name (premiere)Kaneohe, HawaiiBai He, soprano; Renson Madarong, tenor; Wu Hung, violin; Nancy Shoop-Wu, violin; Anna Womack, viola; Joanna Morrison, violoncello; Louise Emery, piano
Thursday, March 28, 2013Spiral Toward the Center of the SkySeoul, KoreaPark Chi-wan, piri; Yi Ji-young, gayageum; Kim Woong-sik, janggu
Friday, March 15, 2013Wooden Dragon木龍 (premiere)Orvis AuditoriumHonolulu, HawaiiLai Yi-Chieh, guzheng
Wednesday, March 6, 2013Three Trees 三木 (premiere)Shibuya Cultural Center OwadaTokyo, JapanAURA-J; Seizan Sakata, shakuhachi; Akiko Sakurai, biwa; Reiko Kimura, 21-string koto; Donald Reid Womack, conductor
University of Hawaii Music Departmenthttp://www.hawaii.edu/uhmmusic/
Hawaii Symphony Orchestrahttp://hawaiisymphonyorchestra.org
Pacific String Quartethttp://pacificstringquartet.com/
AURA-J オーラJJapanese instrument new music ensemble (in Japanese)http://www.ora-j.com
Pro Musica Nipponia 日本音楽集団Japanese instrument new music ensemblehttp://www.promusica.or.jp/english/
Kyo-Shin-An ArtsIntegrating Japanese and Western instrumentshttp://www.nyoraku.bizland.com/kyoshinan/
Contemporary Music Ensemble KoreaKorean and Western instrument new music ensembleclick here for more info
Yang Jing 楊靜pipa playerhttp://www.yangjingmusic.com
Ji-young Yi 이지영gayageum playerhttp://yijiyoung.org/default/00/01.php
Seizan Sakata 坂田誠山shakuhachi playerclick here for more info
Reiko Kimura 木村玲子koto playerclick here for more info
Erina Matsumura 松村エリナkoto player ( in Japanese)http://www.erinamatsumura.com
Tetsuya Nozawa 野澤徹也shamisen player (in Japanese)http://www.k5.dion.ne.jp/~nozawa/
Lai Yi-Chieh 賴宜絜guzheng playerhttp://yichiehlai.wordpress.com
Todd Yukumotosaxophone playerhttp://toddyukumoto.com
Bridging the Gapviolin & bass duohttp://www.bridgingthegaponline.com
Thomas Osbornecomposer, University of Hawaii faculty and director of UH Contemporary Music Ensemblehttp://thomas-osborne.com
Takuma Itohcomposer, University of Hawaii facultyhttp://www.takumaitoh.com
Marty Regancomposer and shakuhachi player, University of Hawaii graduate, Texas A&M University facultyhttp://www.martyregan.com
Jeff Myerscomposer, former University of Hawaii facultyhttp://www.jeffmyersmusic.com
Minoru Miki 三木稔composer, founder of Pro Musica Nipponia and AURA-Jhttp://www.m-miki.com
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太刀花 (Sword Flower) (shakuhachi and violin version)
(recording of shakuhachi duo version)
from Breaking Heaven 破天
Shigeo Tachibana, shakuhachi 立花茂生、尺八(D-管)
Tomoko Tachibana, shakuhachi 立花友子、尺八(A-管)
LISTEN
Three Trees 三木
(excerpt from 2nd and 3rd mvts)
from Breaking Heaven 破天
AURA-J オーラJ
Donald Reid Womack, conductor ドナルド∙ウォマック、指揮者
Seizan Sakata, shakuhachi 坂田誠山、尺八
Akiko Sakurai, biwa 櫻井亜木子、琵琶
Reiko Kimura, 21-string koto 木村玲子、二十絃箏
LISTEN
Donald Reid Womack
fff (falling, floating, flying)
2. Floating
I-Bei Lin, violoncello
Jonathan Korth, piano
LISTEN
Donald Womack
strung out
(extended excerpt)
from Walk Across the Surface of the Sun
Ignace Jang, violin イーニャス・ジャン、バイオリン
Reiko Kimura, koto 木村玲子、箏
LISTEN
After
(extended excerpt)
Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra 東京都交響楽団
Kazuhiro Koizumi, conductor 小泉和裕、指揮者
Seizan Sakata, shakuhachi 坂田誠山、尺八
Reiko Kimura, 21-string koto 木村玲子、二十絃箏
LISTEN
Donald Womack
Splashed Ink 泼墨
(excerpt)
Sean Yung-Hsaing Wang, violin 王雍翔, 小提琴
Yi-Chieh Lai, guzheng 賴宜絜, 古箏
LISTEN
Donald Reid Womack
소리 (Sori)
Sooyeon Lyuh, haegeum
I-Bei Lin, violoncello
Donald Reid Womack, janggu
LISTEN
Wooden Dragon 木龍
Yi-Chieh Lai, guzheng 賴宜絜、古箏
LISTEN
Spiral Toward the Center of the Sky
(excerpt)
Contemporary Music Ensemble Korea
Chiwan Park, piri 팍치완, 피리
Jiyoung Yi, gayageum 이지영, 가야금
Woongsik Kim, janggu 김웅식, 장구
LISTEN
Bend
from Breaking Heaven 破天
Kenji Yamaguchi, shakuhachi 山口検事、尺八
Tetsuya Nozawa, shamisen 野澤徹也、三味線
Erina Matsumura, koto 松村エリナ、箏
LISTEN
An Infinite Moment
from Walk Across the Surface of the Sun
Ignace Jang, violin
Thomas Rosenkranz, piano
LISTEN
Out of the Blues
2. Scherzo
Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble
David Stock, conductor
George Willis, marimba
LISTEN
Walk Across the Surface of the Sun
from Walk Across the Surface of the Sun
AURA-J オーラJ
Toru Sakakibara, conductor 榊原徹、指揮者
LISTEN
An Enveloping Rain
from Elements 五行
Yang Jing, pipa 楊靜、琵琶
Anna Womack, viola
Yi-Chieh Lai, guzheng 賴宜絜、古箏
LISTEN
A Glinting Edge of Sky
from Walk Across the Surface of the Sun
Seizan Sakata, shakuhachi 坂田誠山、尺八
Reiko Kimura, 21-string koto 木村玲子、二十絃箏
LISTEN
water (falls)
3. rain down
from Walk Across the Surface of the Sun
Thomas Rosenkranz, piano
LISTEN

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소리 (Sori)
World premiere, Honolulu, October 28, 2011
Sooyeon Lyuh, haegeum I-Bei Lin, cello Donald Reid Womack, janggu
The Floating Bridge of Heaven 天の浮き橋
Tenri Cultural Institute, New York, November 23, 2014
Yoko Reikano Kimura, shamisen
James Nyoraku Schlefer, shakuhachi
Cassatt String Quartet
Kyo-Shin-An Arts post-concert composer discussion
Tenri Cultural Institute, New York, November 23, 2014 - Frank J. Oteri moderates a discussion on new music and intercultural composition with composers Donald Reid Womack, Samuel Adler, Thomas Osborne, Takuma Itoh, and performer/composer James Schlefer.
Splashed Ink 潑墨 world premiere, Houston, December 11, 2014
王雍翔 Sean Wang, violin and 賴宜絜 Yi-Chieh Lai 古箏. Guzheng
Highwire Act 줄타기
Yi Jiyoung, gayageum 이지영, 가야금
World premiere June 11, 2009
National Gugak Center, Umyeondang Hall
Seoul, Korea
Interview with ThinkTech Hawaii
"The Life of a Composer in Hawaii"
Double Sided
Hokuto International Music Festival, Japan, August 2008
‘Aina
Talking about ‘Aina, for flute, clarinet and piano, commissioned by the Palisades Virtuosi

Breaking Heaven 破天AURA-J2014
Five works for Japanese instruments by Donald Reid Womack
邦楽器のための作品

AMAZONiTUNES
Walk Across the Surface of the SunIgnace Jang, Reiko Kimura, Seizan Sakata, Thomas Rosekranz, I-Be2010
Eight works for Japanese and Western instruments by Donald Reid Womack
邦楽器と洋楽器のための作品

AMAZONiTUNES
Elements 五行 New Music for Pipa by American ComposersYang Jing2013
Includes Elements 五行 for pipa and
An Enveloping Rain for pipa, viola and guzheng

AMAZONiTUNES
전통에 대한 경의 (Respect for Tradition)Busan National Gugak Center Contemporary Orchestra2014
Includes Donald Reid Womack's concerto for haegeum and Korean traditional orchestra "Dancing With Spirits 혼무"

(Contact the composer for information on how to purchase)

Contemporary Masterpieces 현대 마스터피스Jiyoung Yi, gayageum 이지영, 가야금2018
Highwire Act for gayageum 줄타기, 가야금
이슬기 독주곡집 가야금Sulgi Lee, gayageum2018
Highwire Act for gayageum 줄타기, 가야금
이면을 빚다 (Touching the Other Side)Seoul National Gugak Center Contemporary Orchestra2014
Includes the version of 소리 (Sori) arranged by the performers for haegeum, bass haegeum, ajaeng and janggu

(Contact the composer for information on how to purchase)

Sanjo & Sanjo 산조 그리고 산조Jung Gil Seon, Gayageum 정길선, 가야금2016
Includes the Korean shamanism-inspired 巫 무 Mu for gayageum and janggu
琴을품다 Embracing the ZitherSe-yeon Park 박세연2012
Highwire Act for gayageum 줄타기, 가야금
New American Masters, Volume 5Palisades Virtuosi2014
Includes ‘Aina, for flute, clarinet and piano
AMAZON
dragoneyesErina Matsumura 松村エリナ2007
Includes Bend for shakuhachi, shamisen, 21-string koto 尺八、三味線, 二十絃箏
East Meets WestJudith Kellock2006
Includes 23 Chinese Proverbs
AMAZONiTUNES
Blue: New Music From HawaiiTodd Yukumoto & HyeKyung Lee2004
Includes 3D and Blue Two
AMAZONiTUNES
Music for Wind Ensembles, Choirs, OrchestraUniversity of Hawaii Chamber Singer, Karen Kennedy, conductor2002
Includes O magnum mysterium

(Out of print — contact the composer)


After (double concerto for shakuhachi and koto)
shakuhachi, 21-string koto & orchestra (3233 4221 Timp 3 Prc strings)
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Violin Concerto – In questi tempi di Conflitto
violin and orchestra (2222 2221 timp 3 prc hp strings)
more info
Blue Ridge Seasons (viola concerto)
viola and chamber orchestra (2222 2 hn 2 tpt 2 prc strings)
more info
Scattered Rhythms (western orchestra version)
gayageum concerto 산조 가야금 위한 협주곡
more info
Scattered Rhythms (gugak orchestra version)
gayageum concerto 산조 가야금과 국악관현악를 위한 협주곡
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Dancing With Spirits 혼무 (version for western orchestra)
haegeum concerto 해금와 위한 협주곡
more info
Dancing With Spirits 혼무 (gugak orchestra version)
haegeum concerto 해금과 국악관현악를 위한 협주곡
more info
RUSH
Orchestra (3332 4331 timp 3 prc strings)
more info
Blue Ridge
orchestra (3233 4221 timp 3 prc pno strings)
more info
Bruner's Grove
orchestra (3233 4221 timp 3 prc strings)
more info
Tennessee Crossroads
orchestra (3233 4221 timp 5 prc pno strings)
more info
Voices of Kalaupapa
SATB choir & chamber orchestra (fl, ob, cl, hn, 1 prc, strings)
more info
Out of the Blues
solo marimba with chamber orchestra or sinfonietta (fl, ob, cl, bn, hn, tpt, tbn)
more info
On Fields of Frozen Fire
orchestra (3333 4331 timp 3 prc strings)
more info
Emerald Sparks
orchestra (3333 4331 timp 3 prc hp strings)
more info
Mu Nori 무노리
gayageum concerto 산조 가야금과 국악관현악를 위한 협주곡
more info
The Sound of Drums Echoes Beyond the Heavens
Korean traditional orchestra 국악관현악
more info
Power Lines 파워 라인 (chamber concerto version)
geomungo concerto 거문고와 앙상블을 위한 협주곡
more info
Three Trees 三木
triple concerto for shakuhachi, biwa, 21-string koto 尺八、琵琶、箏による協奏曲
more info
Walk Across the Surface of the Sun
Ensemble of 10 Japanese instruments
more info
Pearl City
wind ensemble or concert band
more info
Winter Solstice
orchestra (3233 4321 timp 3 prc hp strings)
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fff (falling, floating, flying)
violoncello & piano
more info
An Infinite Moment
violin & piano
more info
A Little Something Extra
violin & piano
more info
소리 (Sori)
haegeum, cello, janggu 해금, 첼로, 장구
more info
Intertwined
gayageum, viola, janggu 가야금, 비올라, 장구
more info
Blue Ridge Dreams
violin & contrabass or violin & violoncello
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Three Blues
violin, violoncello, piano
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3D
alto saxophone & piano
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Blue Two
saxophone (alto and soprano) & piano
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A Quiet Blue
any melodic instrument & piano (violin, viola, cello, clarinet, soprano saxophone, etc.)
more info
Na Iwi o Pele (The Bones of Pele)
violin, viola, violoncello, clarinet, piano (four hands)
more info
太刀花 (Sword Flower) version for 2 violins
violin duo
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‘Aina
flute/bass or alto flute, clarinet/bass clarinet, piano
more info
Double Talk
violin & marimba
buy nowmore info
Slingshot
flute, bass clarinet, piano
more info
Splashed Ink 泼墨
violin & guzheng 小提琴, 古箏
more info
An Enveloping Rain
pipa, viola, guzheng 琵琶、中提琴、古箏
more info
Raijin 雷神
Ensemble of 7 Japanese instruments
more info
strung out
violin & koto ヴァイオリンと箏
more info
A Glinting Edge of Sky (cello and koto version)
cello & 13-string koto チェロと十三絃箏
more info
Breaking Heaven 破天
shakuhachi, violoncello, koto (13-string ) 尺八、チェロ、十三絃箏
more info
太刀花 (Sword Flower) (shakuhachi and violin version)
Shakuhachi & violin 尺八のD-管とヴァイオリ
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天の浮き橋 The Floating Bridge of Heaven
shakuhachi, shamisen, string quartet 尺八、三味線、弦楽四重奏
more info
短歌 Tanka
shakuhachi, violin, violoncello 尺八、ヴァイオリン、チェロ
more info
Once the Sky Unfolds
viola & piano
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Visceral
viola, contrabass, bass clarinet, percussion
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O magnum mysterium (viola da gamba version)
viola da gamba quartet
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Water
viola da gamba quartet
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Visceral (saxophone quartet version)
saxophone quartet & percussion
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Goulash
string orchestra or string sextet (4 vln, vla, vlc)
more info
Intertwined (quintet version)
haegeum, viola, geomungo, janggu, piano 해금, 비올라, 거문고, 장구, 피아노
more info
Intertwined (sextet version)
daegeum, haegeum, viola, 2 gayageum, janggu 대금, 해금, 비올라, 2 산조 가야금, 장구
more info
23 Chinese Proverbs
soprano, viola, piano
more info


Voices of Kalaupapa
SATB choir & chamber orchestra (fl, ob, cl, hn, 1 prc, strings)
more info
O magnum mysterium
SATB choir
more info
23 Chinese Proverbs
soprano, viola, piano
more info
Three Psalms
soprano & piano (also exists in version for SATB choir & piano)
more info
If You Love Beauty
mezzo-soprano & piano
more info
Ode to My Socks
voice (medium-low range) & viola
more info
I Corinthians 13
soprano/mezzo-soprano & piano (also exists in version for SATB choir & piano)
more info
Only a Name
soprano, tenor, string quartet, piano
more info


After (double concerto for shakuhachi and koto)
shakuhachi, 21-string koto & orchestra (3233 4221 Timp 3 Prc strings)
more info
Three Trees 三木
triple concerto for shakuhachi, biwa, 21-string koto 尺八、琵琶、箏による協奏曲
more info
Walk Across the Surface of the Sun
Ensemble of 10 Japanese instruments
more info
Raijin 雷神
Ensemble of 7 Japanese instruments
more info
Bend
shakuhachi, shamisen, 21-string koto 尺八、三味線, 二十絃箏
more info
strung out
violin & koto ヴァイオリンと箏
more info
A Glinting Edge of Sky
shakuhachi and 21-string koto or 13-string koto
more info
A Glinting Edge of Sky (cello and koto version)
cello & 13-string koto チェロと十三絃箏
more info
Breaking Heaven 破天
shakuhachi, violoncello, koto (13-string ) 尺八、チェロ、十三絃箏
more info
Koto Coloring Book
21-string koto 二十絃箏
more info
太刀花 (Sword Flower)
shakuhachi duo 尺八のD-管と尺八のA-管
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太刀花 (Sword Flower) (shakuhachi and violin version)
Shakuhachi & violin 尺八のD-管とヴァイオリ
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天の浮き橋 The Floating Bridge of Heaven
shakuhachi, shamisen, string quartet 尺八、三味線、弦楽四重奏
more info
Off Balance
shamisen 三味線
more info
Glass Sparks ガラスの火花
21-string koto 二十絃箏
more info
slink
shakuhachi quartet 尺八クオーテット
more info
短歌 Tanka
shakuhachi, violin, violoncello 尺八、ヴァイオリン、チェロ
more info
Line Drive
shakuhachi, pipa, 21-string koto 尺八、琵琶(中)、二十絃箏
more info


Scattered Rhythms (western orchestra version)
gayageum concerto 산조 가야금 위한 협주곡
more info
Scattered Rhythms (gugak orchestra version)
gayageum concerto 산조 가야금과 국악관현악를 위한 협주곡
more info
Dancing With Spirits 혼무 (version for western orchestra)
haegeum concerto 해금와 위한 협주곡
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Dancing With Spirits 혼무 (gugak orchestra version)
haegeum concerto 해금과 국악관현악를 위한 협주곡
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Mu Nori 무노리
gayageum concerto 산조 가야금과 국악관현악를 위한 협주곡
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The Sound of Drums Echoes Beyond the Heavens
Korean traditional orchestra 국악관현악
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Power Lines 파워 라인 (chamber concerto version)
geomungo concerto 거문고와 앙상블을 위한 협주곡
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Power Lines 파워 라인 (solo geomungo version)
geomungo 거문고
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소리 (Sori)
haegeum, cello, janggu 해금, 첼로, 장구
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Intertwined
gayageum, viola, janggu 가야금, 비올라, 장구
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Intertwined (quintet version)
haegeum, viola, geomungo, janggu, piano 해금, 비올라, 거문고, 장구, 피아노
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Intertwined (sextet version)
daegeum, haegeum, viola, 2 gayageum, janggu 대금, 해금, 비올라, 2 산조 가야금, 장구
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도깨비 Dokkaebi (Demons)
gayageum 사조 가야금
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달에 비친 아홉 꼬리 Gumiho
gayageum 사조 가야금
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해태 Haetae
gayageum 사조 가야금
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Highwire Act 줄타기
gayageum 사조 가야금
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巫 무 Mu
gayageum & janggu 산조 가야금, 장구
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Ritual Resonance 굿 울림
gayageum, ajaeng, percussion 가야금, 아쟁, 타악
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Weaving Sound 위빙 소리
ajaeng & janggu 산조 아쟁, 장구
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Spiral Toward the Center of the Sky
piri, gayageum, janggu 피리, 가야금, 장구
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금강 전도 Geumgang Jeondo
piri & janggu 피리, 장구
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이무기 Imugi
piri ensemble 피리 앙상블
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Rippling Liquid Metal (물결모양의 금속들)
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Liquid Metal
gayageum orchestra 가야금연주단
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Labyrinth 미로
25-string gayageum quartet 25현 가야금사중주단
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Crossed Wires 혼선
two 18-string gayageum
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Splashed Ink 泼墨
violin & guzheng 小提琴, 古箏
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An Enveloping Rain
pipa, viola, guzheng 琵琶、中提琴、古箏
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Wooden Dragon 木龍
guzheng 古箏
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Elements 五行
pipa 琵琶
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Line Drive
shakuhachi, pipa, 21-string koto 尺八、琵琶(中)、二十絃箏
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Violin Concerto – In questi tempi di Conflitto
violin and orchestra (2222 2221 timp 3 prc hp strings)
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Blue Ridge Seasons (viola concerto)
viola and chamber orchestra (2222 2 hn 2 tpt 2 prc strings)
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Scherzophrenic
violoncello
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fff (falling, floating, flying)
violoncello & piano
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An Infinite Moment
violin & piano
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A Little Something Extra
violin & piano
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소리 (Sori)
haegeum, cello, janggu 해금, 첼로, 장구
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Intertwined
gayageum, viola, janggu 가야금, 비올라, 장구
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Blue Ridge Dreams
violin & contrabass or violin & violoncello
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Three Blues
violin, violoncello, piano
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A Quiet Blue
any melodic instrument & piano (violin, viola, cello, clarinet, soprano saxophone, etc.)
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Na Iwi o Pele (The Bones of Pele)
violin, viola, violoncello, clarinet, piano (four hands)
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太刀花 (Sword Flower) version for 2 violins
violin duo
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Appalachian Serenade
viola (also versions for violin or cello)
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Sonata
viola (also versions for violin or violoncello)
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Double Talk
violin & marimba
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Splashed Ink 泼墨
violin & guzheng 小提琴, 古箏
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An Enveloping Rain
pipa, viola, guzheng 琵琶、中提琴、古箏
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strung out
violin & koto ヴァイオリンと箏
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A Glinting Edge of Sky (cello and koto version)
cello & 13-string koto チェロと十三絃箏
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Breaking Heaven 破天
shakuhachi, violoncello, koto (13-string ) 尺八、チェロ、十三絃箏
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太刀花 (Sword Flower) (shakuhachi and violin version)
Shakuhachi & violin 尺八のD-管とヴァイオリ
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天の浮き橋 The Floating Bridge of Heaven
shakuhachi, shamisen, string quartet 尺八、三味線、弦楽四重奏
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短歌 Tanka
shakuhachi, violin, violoncello 尺八、ヴァイオリン、チェロ
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Once the Sky Unfolds
viola & piano
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Visceral
viola, contrabass, bass clarinet, percussion
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O magnum mysterium (viola da gamba version)
viola da gamba quartet
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Water
viola da gamba quartet
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Intertwined (quintet version)
haegeum, viola, geomungo, janggu, piano 해금, 비올라, 거문고, 장구, 피아노
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Intertwined (sextet version)
daegeum, haegeum, viola, 2 gayageum, janggu 대금, 해금, 비올라, 2 산조 가야금, 장구
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23 Chinese Proverbs
soprano, viola, piano
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Ode to My Socks
voice (medium-low range) & viola
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Only a Name
soprano, tenor, string quartet, piano
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3D
alto saxophone & piano
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Blue Two
saxophone (alto and soprano) & piano
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A Quiet Blue
any melodic instrument & piano (violin, viola, cello, clarinet, soprano saxophone, etc.)
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Na Iwi o Pele (The Bones of Pele)
violin, viola, violoncello, clarinet, piano (four hands)
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‘Aina
flute/bass or alto flute, clarinet/bass clarinet, piano
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Slingshot
flute, bass clarinet, piano
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Visceral
viola, contrabass, bass clarinet, percussion
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Visceral (saxophone quartet version)
saxophone quartet & percussion
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water (falls)
piano
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Lunacy
piano
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fff (falling, floating, flying)
violoncello & piano
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An Infinite Moment
violin & piano
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A Little Something Extra
violin & piano
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Three Blues
violin, violoncello, piano
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3D
alto saxophone & piano
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Blue Two
saxophone (alto and soprano) & piano
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A Quiet Blue
any melodic instrument & piano (violin, viola, cello, clarinet, soprano saxophone, etc.)
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Na Iwi o Pele (The Bones of Pele)
violin, viola, violoncello, clarinet, piano (four hands)
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‘Aina
flute/bass or alto flute, clarinet/bass clarinet, piano
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Slingshot
flute, bass clarinet, piano
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Once the Sky Unfolds
viola & piano
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23 Chinese Proverbs
soprano, viola, piano
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Out of the Blues
solo marimba with chamber orchestra or sinfonietta (fl, ob, cl, bn, hn, tpt, tbn)
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Double Talk
violin & marimba
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Visceral
viola, contrabass, bass clarinet, percussion
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Visceral (saxophone quartet version)
saxophone quartet & percussion
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Ritual Resonance 굿 울림
gayageum, ajaeng, percussion 가야금, 아쟁, 타악
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プロフィール

ドナルド・ウォマックは、作曲家として、オーケストラ、室内楽、独奏曲、そして声楽曲など80以上の作品を作曲して きた。作品は、アメリカ国内をはじめ、日本、中国、香港、台湾、タイ、イタリア、ドイツ、フランス、ポーランド、アルゼンチン、ニュージーランド、そしてヴァージン諸島、グアム、プエルトリコ等、世界中で演奏、そして放送されてい る。また、Akamai出版、 C.F.Petersコーポレーションによって、楽譜の出版も行われている。哲学と音楽の学士号をFurman大学にて取得後、Northwestern大学で作曲の修士課程を修め、博士号を取 得した。また、フランス・フォンテェンヌブローでのConservatoire Americain、バッファロー・フェスティバル、アス ペン音楽祭などの音楽祭にも参加した経験をもつ。今までに、ASCAP、 Meet the Composer、アメリカ音楽センター、 国際交流基金、 Argosy財団、アメリカヴィオラダガンバ協会、作曲家ソサエティ、 Sigma Alpha Iota, 全国作曲家協会、 芸術助成協会、オアフ合唱団、Tampa Bay作曲家フォーラム、ノースウエスタン大学、全国音楽教師協会、アメリカ弦 楽教師協会 などをはじめ、多くの団体から表彰を受けている。

最近においては、フルブライトの助成を受け、特別研究員として2007年より2008年まで日本に滞在し、日本伝統 楽器のグループであるオーラJの招聘によりコンポーザー・イン・レジデンスとして作曲活動を行った。 日本楽器および アジア楽器による作品は、アジア楽器のみの作品及び西洋楽器との作品、両方において東西文化交流の先駆的位置を占め る。ウォマック氏の興味は、作品への伝統的なアプローチを豊かにすることである。それは、彼の住まいがあるハワイに よって感化されたものであり、多文化交流の可能性を深める可能性を秘めた作品である。豊かな音楽言語、凝った音色、 書法を組み合わせること、そしてリズムによる複合的知覚を探ることにより、彼の音楽は、伝統的な、そして非西洋的な 要素、両方を持ち合わせる。そして、聴衆の直感的、感情的レベルに訴える事を目的としている。

もっとも顕著な例は、尺八、箏、とオーケストラによる協奏曲、「After」である。この曲は、えひめ丸事件の追悼曲と して、ホノルル交響楽団によって委嘱され、2006年に同楽団によって初演された。この作品は、2010年に、東京 都交響楽団により日本初演された。

今まで、50を超える助成、賞、委嘱を受ける中で、ウォマック氏は、 Sigma Alpha Iota Inter-American Music Awards、 the Leo M. Traynor Competition、 the Oahu Choral Society Composition Competitionにて1位を受賞し ている。加えて、1997年と2002年には、ハワイ州芸術文化財団により、個人に贈られる芸術フェローシップ Individual Artist Fellowshipsを受賞している。2度にわたって受賞した事は、あらゆる分野の芸術家の中で、初めての 快挙である。

過去に演奏された作品は以下のものを含む。
Tennessee Crossroads by the Louisville Orchestra
Violin Concerto – In questi tempi di Conflitto, by violinist Ignace Jang and the Honolulu Symphony
Emerald Sparks by the Honolulu Symphony
On Fields of Frozen Fire by the HonoluluSymphony
Out of the Blues by the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble
Voices of Kalaupapa by the Honolulu Symphony Choru
Double Sided by Asia Ensemble with the Salzburg Mozarteum String Quartet
Walk Across the Surface of the Sun by AURA-J
O magnum mysterium by the Hawai‘i Vocal Arts Ensemble

録音作品は、Albany, Equilibrium, AkdangIban, Tokyo CMC 各レーベルをはじめ、ハワイ大学からもリリースされている。最近の録音である Walk Across the Surface of the Sun (Albany Records, 2010)は、日本楽器及び西洋楽器による8つの作品を収録している。

批評家による賞賛は以下の通りである。「ウォマック氏の作品はオリジナリティがあり、創造的で、独創性に富むと喝采を受けている」(東京・赤旗新聞)、「素晴らしく円熟して豊かである」(the Buffalo [NY] Daily News)、「特徴的で感動的、そしてエキサイティング」 (The Honolulu Star-Bulletin)、ヴァイオリン協奏曲については「力強い作品、印象的に練り上げられた作品で、聴衆の心の奥底に深く響く 。」 (The Honolulu Star-Bulletin) また、1998年5月発行 のアイランド誌には、ハワイ島の溶岩フィールドから着想を得たオーケストラ作品 On Fields of Frozen Fire の作曲について、また初演についての記事が掲載された。

アメリカ国内、またハワイのコミュニティにおいて、現代音楽を積極的に推奨しつつ、今まで多くの現代音楽の音楽祭やコンサートを監督してきた。1994年より、ハワイ大学教員として、音楽学部長を務めた経験もある。現在は作曲と音楽理論の教授として指導にあたっている。 (ウエブサイトwww.donaldwomack.com)

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小さいプロフィール

ドナルド⋅リード⋅ウォマックの音楽は、五大陸で演奏または放送された他、
フルブライト⋅シニアリサーチフェローシップ、ハワイ州アーティストフェローシップ(二回受賞)、Sigma Alpha Iota Inter-American Music Awards 第1位などを含め、今までに約100を超える助成、賞、委嘱を受けている。
作品は80を越えるオーケストラ作品のほか、室内楽、独奏曲、合唱や声楽作品に加え、日本、韓国、中国の楽器の為にも作曲している。主な作品は、交響曲、ヴァイオリン協奏曲、尺八⋅箏とオーケストラの為の二重協奏曲などである。
作品は、東京都交響楽団、 the Louisville Orchestra, the Honolulu Symphony, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Contemporary Music Ensemble Korea, アジアアンサンブル、 大友直人氏(指揮)、小泉和裕氏(指揮)、 David Stock氏(指揮)、カヤグム奏者として名高いJi-young Yi 氏、Yang Jing氏 (中国琵琶)、坂田誠山氏(尺八)、木村玲子氏(箏)、 Parry Karp氏 (チェロ) そしてソプラノ歌手Tony Arnold氏を含む音楽家によって演奏されている。 1994年よりハワイ大学の教員であり、作曲理論プログラムの主任教授である。(ウエブサイトwww.donaldwomack.com)

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작곡가 소개 – 도널드 워맥

도널드 워맥은 관현악곡, 실내악곡, 독주곡 등 80편 이상의 다양한 곡을 써 온 작곡가이다. 그의 작품은 미국, 독일, 프랑스, 이탈리아는 물론 한국, 중국, 일본 등아시아권에서도 활발하게 연주되고 있다. 그는 노스웨스턴 대학에서 작곡 석, 박사 학위를, 퍼먼 대학교에서 철학과 음악이론 학사 학위를 받았다. 2007-8년 풀브라이트 연구 장학생으로 일본에 머무르며 동경에 기반을 둔 일본 전통음악 앙상블 아우라 제이 (AURA-J)와 함께 예술 레지던시 작곡가로 지냈고, 2014년에는 서울대학교의 국악 작곡 프로그램의 초빙 강사이자 레지던시 작곡가로 지내기도 했다. 주요 작업으로는 심포니, 바이올린 협주곡, 사쿠하치, 고토 그리고 관현악을위한 이중 협주곡, 가야금과 관현악 협주곡, 코러스와 챔버 오케스트라를 위한 오라토리오, 그리고 해금과 국악 관현악을 위한 협주곡 등이 있다.

협업 단체로는 도쿄 메트로폴리탄 심포니, 러시아 울란 우데 심포니, 미국 루이스빌 오케스트라, 호놀룰루 심포니, 피츠버그 뉴스쿨 앙상블, 더 카삿 콰르텟, 한국의 현대음악 앙상블, 부산국립국악원, 국립국악원, 그리고 일본의 아우라 제이, 아시아 앙상블, 잘츠브루크 모자르테움 스트링 콰르텟 등이다. 시그마알파오타 인터 아메리카 음악상, 레오 엠 트레이너 경연대회, 오하우 코럴 협회 작곡 경연대회에서 대상을 받은 바 있다.

2008년 가야금 연주자 이지영 (서울대 교수)과의 만남을 계기로 국악과 인연을 맺은 후, 한국 현대음악 앙상블, 부산국립국악원, 국립국악원과 협업하며 10여 편의 국악 작품을 썼다.

1994년부터 하와이 대학교에서 교편을 잡은 이래, 음악대학 학과장을 역임했고 현재는 작곡과 음악 이론을 가르치고 있다.