The music on MEMORY, the Navona Records debut by acclaimed violinist Patrick Yim, is linked together by the themes of memory, culture, and identity. The albums title track was composed by the Chinese-born composer Chen Yi who searched for a harmonious marriage of centuries-old Western and Chinese musical traditions as she remembered her beloved violin teacher, Lin Yaoji. The albums final selection, Relics, composed by Michael-Thomas Foumai, was commissioned by Yim as a suite of companion pieces to be performed at the Hong Kong Museum of Historys special exhibit. The work is a suite of eight movements inspired by artifacts featured at the exhibition.
The Brass Project
Label: CD Baby
FOUMAI: Psalm for Brass Sextet
Cityscaping is the culmination of years of effort by The Brass Project to bring engaging, adventurous new music to a wide audience. This debut album features several of the thirty-two works we commissioned specifically for our inaugural season. We’re very proud to finally share this new music with the wider world! In this commissioning project, we asked our composers to write music they imagined might be performed in a public space, perhaps even outdoors. We also asked that they keep their works short – roughly three minutes in length.
MOMENTUM 21: New Music for a New Century
Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra
Kirk Trevor, conductor
Label: Albany Records
FOUMAI: LADY DARK for Chamber Orchestra
The Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra celebrates its history, growth, and development with this recording of four new works. A fitting tribute to longtime music director Kirk Trevor who retires in 2015 after a 27-year tenure, the four works by James Aikman (commissioned by the ICO), Christopher Theofanidis, Derek Bermal and Michael-Thomas Foumai (winner of the 2014 ICO Contemporary Music Competition) were all recorded live in concert. The ICO is to be commended for its efforts to add to the body of music literature in the 21st century. Founded in 1984, the ICO is comprised of 34 professional musicians who perform an annual concert series, and sponsor a composition competition, collaborating with the Indiana State University Contemporary Music Festival.
BORN AND RAISED: New Music for Solo Guitar
Ian O'Sullivan, Guitar
Label: CD Baby
FOUMAI: In Paradisum
Hawaiian Guitarist and Composer Ian O'Sullivan has been described as "Thoughtful" by Classical Guitar Magazine and "Delightful" by the Honolulu Advertiser. He performs a range of styles from Classical to Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar.
After completing his Master's degree at Yale University, Ian collected and commissioned works from other Hawaiian Composers to make this one of a kind CD. Initial funds for recording the album were raised via Kickstarter and the CD was recorded at Island Sound Studios in Honolulu. This project was also made possible by Ho'omana na Mele, whose mission is to empower lives through music.
Ian is based out of Honolulu and teaches Classical Guitar at the University of Hawaii.
OUR LEGACY LIVES ON
Royal Hawaiian Band
Clarke Bright, conductor
FOUMAI: Spiritus Mundi
The Royal Hawaiian Band’s 175th-Anniversary Concert CD, "Our Legacy Lives On," may now be purchased through our online merchandise store as well as through the U.S. mail. This product is a limited edition and will not be reproduced again beyond the original count of 2,000 CDs. The unique history of the Royal Hawaiian Band will make this recording a “must have” for all music lovers and wind band enthusiasts.
Established in 1836 through a royal decree by King Kamehameha III, the Royal Hawaiian Band is the only band in the United States that was founded by royalty! In addition to its’ royal legacy, the band has now been in continual existence for more than 175 years without missing a single beat. This new recording features musical selections that have never before been recorded, a newly commissioned symphonic wind composition specifically written for the band’s 175th anniversary, and some of Hawaiʻi’s most well known vocalists.
CHRISTMAS WITH THE ROYAL HAWAIIAN BAND AND FRIENDS
Royal Hawaiian Band
Michael Nakasone, conductor
FOUMAI: Auld Lang Syne (Old Scottish Melody)
Songs performed include: Joy to the World, Christmas Time Again Aloha, Jingle Bells, Christmas Time is Here, Hawaiian Fa-la-la!, Here Comes Santa in a Red Canoe (Scott Furushima, Kaipo Asing, Gary Aiko), Cantique de Noel (O Holy Night), Sleigh Ride, Angels We Have Heard on High, Do You Hear What I Hear?, Song of Christmas, Silent Night, White Christmas, Old Scottish Melody (Auld Lang Syne), and Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire).double click me and you can start adding your own content. Click on the Design tab to customize me and change my font. I’m a great place for you to tell a story and let your users know a little more about you.