POW Requiem

Saturday October 29, 1PM, Llewellyn Hall, Canberra

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More than 30,000 Australians became prisoners of war (POWs) between 1940 and 1945. The majority of them were imprisoned during the Pacific War in camps throughout Japanese-occupied territories. Over 8000 of these POWs died in captivity, which represents 20% of all Australian deaths in WWII. The Flowers of Peace wishes to further reconcile this raw and painful history, using powerful music and imagery, to acknowledge the past and help repair this wound.

Christopher Latham OAM, Director of Flowers of Peace, says the POW Requiem is a unique musical event steeped in history. “The work is essentially a response to Sandakan; how to forgive the unforgiveable.”

“From the Women’s Vocal Orchestra who sang to unite and raise internees spirits, made famous by Bruce Beresford’s film Paradise Road, to the Changi Songbook, created to give captives hope, we will perform the music created by prisoners and internees.”

Australia’s leading composers, Sir Jonathan Mills, Elena Kats-Chernin AO, Graeme Koehne AO, Andrew Schultz, Cyrus Meurant and Ross Edwards AM, along with British composers Paul Carr and Paul Mealor have created the POW Requiem to tell these stories.

Renowned performers such as Susannah Lawergren, Andrew Goodwin, Dr Riley Lee, Tobias Cole, Alice Giles AM and Dr Edward Neeman, as well as the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, Australian Defence Force musicians and Choirs will tell stories of Australian POWs in Europe, the Fall of Singapore, the use of POW and Asian forced labourers, the construction of the Thai Burma Railroad, and local stories around the internment of German, Italian and Japanese civilians in Australia.

“The concert ends by telling the history of Japanese-Australian reconciliation – how a handful of individuals moved to restore relations between our two countries and in doing so built a legacy that still stands today.” Christopher says. The concert follows in their slipstream.

The Crossing of a Sea for chamber ensemble

Syzygy Ensemble

at Arts Mildura Hub

Saturday October 29, 7:30PM

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Past Performances


New dance work Au revoir mon ami, presented by the National Youth Ballet Company.

Ritournelle for vibraphone and piano

Featuring Claire Edwardes and Ben Kopp

Sound Lounge, Seymour Centre, Sydney, Saturday August 13, 8PM

Presented by Ensemble Offspring as part of Seymour Nights 2022 – Techno Play


Experience world premieres from Nicole Lizée (Canada) and Christopher Fox (UK), plus new Australian classics from Cyrus Meurant and Kate Moore and strikingly original solo and duo interpretation of scores from more living legends Caroline Shaw (USA), Thomas Adès (UK), and Karen Tanaka (USA/ Japan).

To whom I may concern

Australian Chamber Orchestra in collaboration with Group Homes Australia, University of New South Wales and Dementia Australia

The Neilson, Pier 2/3, Walsh Bay, Sydney, Wednesday July 27, 2:30 PM

Maja Savnik Violin

Aiko Goto Violin

Beth Condon Viola

Julian Thompson Cello

Cyrus Meurant Piano and Musical Director

Music selections from: String Quartet, Stray Birds and Monday to Friday

The Crossing of a Sea for chamber ensemble

Syzygy Ensemble

75 Reid St, Thursday, July 7, 7:30 PM

Presented as part of the Leaps and Bounds Festival

75 Reid Street, Fitzroy North, VIC, 3068


Ritournelle for vibraphone and piano

Featuring Claire Edwardes and Alex Raineri


The Crossing of a Sea

for chamber ensemble

Commissioned by Mark Wakely in loving memory of Steven Alward

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre and Syzygy Ensemble

Syzygy Ensemble

Laila Engle flutes

Robin Henry clarinet

Campbell Banks cello

Leigh Harrold piano

Zoë Black violin

Thursday 24 March 2022 6pm

Primrose Potter Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre

31 Sturt Street
Melbourne, Victoria
3006 Australia

The Fall of Singapore

presented as part of

The Triumph of the Imagination

Chris Latham from the Flowers of Peace project will direct Musica da Camera in a program of music written by and for prisoners of war. Featuring pianists Edward and Stephanie Neeman along with soprano saxophone player, Jaime Grech. The music will be accompanied by images of prisoners of war.

Saturday 26 March 2022 2:30 pm

Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture
15 Blackall St, Barton ACT 2600

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New work with the National College of Dance

Saturday 5 February 2022 (Rescheduled from December 2021)

Civic Theatre Newcastle

Cyrus Meurant violin and piano



Four Songs

for choir

I. ‘Evening’ and II. ‘Moon’

Based on the poems of Matsuo Basho and William Blake

All through an empty place I go

for flute and bassoon

Commissioned by Kingsley Gee


Kiran Phatak Flute

Matthew Kneale Bassoon

as part of Arcadia Winds at the Blackheath Chamber Music Festival

Presented in association with Musica Viva Australia

Saturday April 24th 2:30pm

Philips Hall

41 Gardiner Crescent

Blackheath, New South Wales


All through an empty place I go

for flute and bassoon

Commissioned by Kingsley Gee


Kiran Phatak Flute

Matthew Kneale Bassoon

Friday April 23rd 6:30pm

Arcadia Winds at Orange Regional Conservatorium

Presented in association with Musica Viva Australia

73A Hill Street

Orange, NSW 2800


Three Pieces

for flute, clarinet and bassoon

David Shaw Flute

Lloyd Van’t Hoff Clarinet

Matthew Kneale Bassoon

as part of the Orange Chamber Music Festival – Festival Winds

Sunday April 11th 11:00am

Orange Uniting Church
217 Anson Street
Orange, New South Wales


Four Pieces

for soprano saxophone and electric organ

James Nightingale Soprano Saxophone

Ben Kopp Electric Organ

as part of Avant Gardens 1: Ave – Ensemble Offspring

Saturday February 6th 5:00pm

Ashfield (Sydney), 2131



Or, maybe, yesterday

for Solo Violin

Lucy Macourt Solo Violin

as part of Reflections for Solo Violin

Wednesday August 19th 12:40pm (2020)

Wesley Music Centre, 20 National Circuit, Forrest, Canberra, Australia


Or, maybe, yesterday

for Solo Violin


Lucy Macourt Solo Violin

as part of Australian Miniseries presented by the Canberra Symphony Orchestra

Live on YouTube and facebook

Friday August 14th 6:45 pm (2020)

Dance No. 2 from KLASH

David Rowden Solo Bass Clarinet

Premiere of new arrangement of ‘Dance No. 2 from KLASH’ for solo bass clarinet at Phoenix Central Park.

Live on facebook or at YouTube

Thursday June 4th 7pm (2020)


for Oboe and Drones

Ben Opie Oboe and electronics

Live on Zoom (private performance)

See Inventi Ensemble: Website and facebook 

Thursday May 31st (2020)

When I stand before thee at the day’s end

for Solo Violin and Strings


Kirsten Williams Director and Violin

as part of Love, Kindness and Decency presented by the Canberra Symphony Orchestra

Thursday March 12th 6:30 pm (2020)

Gordon Darling Hall, National Portrait Gallery – Canberra, Australia

Matthew Hindson AM Curator

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for chamber ensemble

at Winter Lounge

Wednesday January 15th 7:30 pm

Das Institut für Kunst, Musik und ihre Vermittlung

Leuphana Universität Lüneburg, Germany

Rebecca Lang Universitätsmusikdirektorin

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Sound Lounge - Cyrus Meurant Ensemble

Thursday December 12th 8:00 pm

The Sound Lounge, Seymour Centre, Sydney

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Composer Cyrus Meurant (violin and keyboards) returns to the Sound Lounge with his ensemble of musicians to launch the new 10-inch vinyl EP, Four Pieces.

Featuring Andrew Smith (saxophones), Michael Bardon (cello), Nicky Crowe (flute and piccolo), Tim Brigden (vibraphone) and Novita Jap (keyboards), Meurant will present selections from the critically acclaimed works, Monday to Friday and Le Petit Prince (Australian premiere), alongside the score of Pars Pro Toto.

The evening will conclude with the world premiere of selections from a new amplified ensemble composition kindly supported by the Seaborn, Broughton & Walford Foundation.



MALÝ PRINC (Le Petit Prince)

maly princ

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Choreography by Margaux Thomas

Music by Cyrus Meurant

Directed by Macbeth Kaněra

Based on Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Malé divadlo – DIVADLO F. X. ŠALDY LIBEREC, Czech Republic

Cyrus Meurant – violin

Maxim Biriucov – piano

Previous Shows (2019):

Saturday December 14th 5:00 pm SOLD OUT

Saturday September 14th SOLD OUT

Sunday June 2nd SOLD OUT 

Monday June 3rd SOLD OUT 

Sunday February 24th SOLD OUT 

Previous Shows (2018):

Friday February 16th SOLD OUT 

Wednesday February 28th SOLD OUT   

Thursday March 22nd SOLD OUT

Tuesday May 15th SOLD OUT

Saturday June 2nd SOLD OUT

Tuesday September 18th SOLD OUT

Tuesday December 11th SOLD OUT


for Oboe and Drones

Diana Doherty Soloist

as part of Renewal presented by the Canberra Symphony Orchestra


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Thursday October 31st 6:30 pm

Gordon Darling Hall, National Portrait Gallery – Canberra, Australia

Zephira Quintet

Matthew Hindson AM Curator

Challis Bequest Society Lunch

Invitation only

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Cyrus Meurant performs solo piano selections from Monday to Friday.

Keynote speaker: Associate Professor Muireann Irish

Muireann Irish is Associate Professor of Psychology at the Brain and Mind Centre, where she leads the Memory and Imagination in Neurological Disorders team. As a cognitive neuroscientist, she seeks to understand how the brain enables us to remember the past and imagine the future, and how these processes are affected in dementia. Her current work also explores the relationship between music and memory.

In recognition of her scientific achievements, Associate Professor Irish was awarded the 2016 NSW Premier’s Prize for Early Career Researcher of the Year, and named one of L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science’s International Rising Talents in 2015.

Wednesday 23 October 2019
The Great Hall
The University of Sydney



Collaboration with Alleyne Dance (UK) to curtain raise ‘A Night’s Game’


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Thursday September 5th 7:45pm

Lennox Theatre, Riverside Parramatta

Music by Cyrus Meurant (electric violin)

Choreography by Kristina and Sadé Alleyne

Presented by FORM Dance Projects and Riverside Theatres

Toured by Dance Makers Collective (Australia)

Asia Pacific Eldercare Innovation Awards

Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre, Singapore

Wednesday May 15th

Cyrus Meurant piano

‘Monday III’ from Monday to Friday

Awards dinner write up

Apollo’s Gift: Music and the Mind


Eckart Altenmüller – Flute, Speaker
Sally Walker – Flute
Natalia Tkachenko Piano
Cyrus Meurant Piano

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Trio in B flat Wq.161/2
Cyrus Meurant From Monday to Friday
Eckart Altenmüller Talk about the beneficial effects of music on our wellbeing, emotionality and the brain
Elena Kats-Chernin Apollo’s Gift (commissioned by Sally Walker)
J.J. Quantz’s Trio Sonata in A minor QV 2:40

Tuesday March 19th 2019, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Larry Sitsky Recital Room

ANU School of Music

William Herbert Place

Canberra, ACT 2601

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for Clarinet and String Quartet

as part of Triple Concerto

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Thursday October 25th 6:30pm

Gordon Darling Hall, National Portrait Gallery – Canberra, Australia

Omega Ensemble

David Rowden – clarinet

Veronique Serret – violin
Airena Nakamura – violin
Neil Thompson – viola
Paul Stender – cello




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as part of:

The Lark Ascending

ACO Collective


15 – 24 MARCH 2018


CYRUS MEURANT Vessel for String Orchestra World Premiere*
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (arr. Adam Johnson) The Lark Ascending
PURCELL Fantasia Upon One Note
BRITTEN (arr. David Matthews) String Quartet No.2

*Commissioned by the Australian Chamber Orchestra


Pekka Kuusisto Director & Violin
ACO Collective

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Queens Park Theatre – Geraldton
Thu 15 Mar 7pm
Goldfields Arts Centre – Kalgoorlie
Fri 16 Mar 7pm
Mandurah Arts Centre
Sat 17 Mar 7pm
Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre
Tue 20 Mar 7pm
Margaret River Cultural Centre
Thu 22 Mar 7:30pm
Albany Entertainment Centre
Sat 24 Mar 7:30pm

Two Traditional Turkish Songs

as part of

Adelaide Festival

Compassion: Chamber Landscapes

Curated by Iain Grandage


Bach (arr Bowman) ’Erbame Dich’
Tinalley String Quartet
Taryn Fiebig, Soprano

Arvo Pärt Fratres
Tinalley String Quartet

Sarisözen (arr. Meurant) Çannakale Türküsü

Mehveş Hanim (arr. Meurant) Kaçsam Bırakıp Senden Uzak Yollara Gitsem

Tinalley String Quartet
Taryn Fiebig, Soprano
Daniel de Borah, Piano
Claire Edwardes, Percussion

Lior/Westlake Compassion

Lior, Voice
Tinalley String Quartet
Daniel de Borah, Piano
Claire Edwardes, Percussion
Andrew Meisel, Bass

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Friday, March 9th, 7:30pm

UKARIA Cultural Centre,
119 Williams Rd, Mount Barker Summit
(Formerly Ngeringa Cultural Centre)



Performed by Ben Opie (oboe)

as part of

Lunchtime Recital with Marshall McGuire and Ben Opie
Tuesday 28th November 1pm
Melbourne, VIC, Australia


Three Places

All things come into being and pass away 
Performed by Momentum Ensemble conducted by Ariel Zuckermann

as part of

Three Places
Sunday 3rd September 1:30pm
High Court of Australia
Canberra, Australia


Three Places
Monday 4th September 6:30pm
The Gallery
Melbourne, Australia

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Monday to Friday  (selections)

Performed by Sally Walker (flute) and Sally Whitwell (piano)

as part of

Twilight Musical Dialogues – Celebrating the Diversity of Australia
Friday 15th September 7pm
Adamstown Uniting Church
Newcastle, NSW, Australia

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Performed by Ben Opie (oboe)

as part of

Inventi Ensemble – House of Beehives
Monday 2nd October 6pm
Melbourne Recital Centre
Melbourne, VIC, Australia

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Monday to Friday  (selections)
Performed by Sally Walker (flute) and Cyrus Meurant (piano)

as part of

Music and the Mind
Saturday 10th June 1pm
Newcastle Conservatorium of Music
Newcastle, NSW, Australia

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Concertino for clarinet and string quartet
Performed by David Rowden and Omega Ensemble
as part of
Songs from the Bush
Saturday 7th May 2:30pm
The Sydney Opera House, Utzon Room
Sydney, NSW, Australia
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As Time Goes By


presented by The National College of Dance

Saturday 10th December 6:30pm – Civic Theatre Newcastle

Artistic Direction by Brett Morgan

Music by Cyrus Meurant


Andrew Smith (saxophones)

Michael Bardon (cello)

Jess Ciampa (percussion)

Jordan Wett (piano)

Cyrus Meurant (violin)


Monuments for oboe and drones

Performed by Ben Opie

as part of

Urban Gypsies – Works for Oboe & Electronics

Saturday 1st October 11am

The Australasian Double Reed Society Conference, Sydney Grammar School Theatre

Sydney, NSW, Australia






Reflections on Gallipoli

Australian Chamber Orchestra



BARTÓK String Quartet No.2: Allegro molto capriccioso
KELLY Elegy for strings ‘In Memoriam Rupert Brooke’
SARISÖZEN (arr. Meurant) Ҫannakale Türküsü
VINE Soliloquy (world premiere)
TRADITIONAL (arr. Meurant) Ceddin Deden
ELGAR Sospiri, Op.70
KODALLI Adagio for String Orchestra
MEHVEŞ HANIM (arr. Meurant) Kaçsam Bırakıp Senden Uzak Yollara Gitsem
TRADITIONAL (arr. Meurant) Nihavend Longa
VINE Our Sons (world premiere)

Richard Tognetti Director & Violin
Neil Armfield Director
Nigel Jamieson Deviser
Sean Bacon Video Designer
Matthew Cox Lighting Designer
Taryn Fiebig Soprano

Yalin Ozucelik Actor
Nathaniel Dean Actor



Wild Life presented by the National College of Dance with new solo violin music composed and performed by Cyrus Meurant.

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Triptych for chamber ensemble

presented by Post-Sonus Orchestra, directed by John Smigielski

as part of: “An Evening of Contemporary Musick”

Thursday 8th May 7:30pm

Ciminelli Recital Hall, Buffalo State College.

Buffalo, New York, USA

Program includes works by Cage and Oliveros.

CAPTIVATE & Ars Musica Australis Presents



Performed by The National College of Dance, Artistic Director Brett Morgan

Choreography by Brett Morgan, Alfred Taahi, and Debbie Ellis-Linnert

Music by Cyrus Meurant


Michael Bardon (cello)

Michael Duke (saxophones)

Alison Pratt (percussion)

Cyrus Meurant (electric violin)

Morley Centre, Westmead Education Precinct

Thursday December 5th 2013 10am and 12pm

Friday December 6th 2013 10am and 12pm

Pars Pro Toto

as part of Big Dance in Small Chunks


This is the premiere performance of the Dance Makers Collective.

Dates & Times:

8:00pm, Wednesday 23 October 2013

12.30pm, Thursday 24 October 2013

8:00pm, Thursday 24 October 2013

8:00pm, Friday 25 October 2013

8:00pm, Saturday 26 October 2013

Tickets: Adult $28, Conc. $25*

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Ritournelle for Vibraphone and Piano

A live broadcast presented by Marian Arnold for ABC Classic FM


Sunday 16th June 3:00pm

Eugene Goossens Hall ABC Centre, Sydney

Claire Edwardes (percussion)

Bernadette Harvey (piano)

ABC Classic FM – Sunday Live – Virtuoso Vibes


Eventide Visions for Flute, Clarinet and Piano

Presented by The Sydney Omega Ensemble

Sunday 21st April 3:00pm

Sydney Opera House, Utzon Room

Sydney, Australia


Lisa Osmialowski (flute)

David Rowden (clarinet)

Cyrus Meurant (piano)







presented by The National College of Dance

Saturday 1st December 7:00pm – Civic Theatre Newcastle

Choreography by Brett Morgan, Alfred Taahi, and Debbie Ellis-Linnert

Music by Cyrus Meurant


Cyrus Meurant (electric violin)

Andrew Smith (saxophones)

Michael Bardon (cello)

Michael Askill (percussion)

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for flute, clarinet and cello (new arrangement)

presented by ExhAUST

Saturday 25th November 4:00pm (time and date changed due to Hurricane Sandy)

Spectrum, 121 Ludlow St

New York City, New York, USA


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Triptych for chamber ensemble

presented by SIGNAL at June in Buffalo

Tuesday 5th June 4:00pm

Slee Hall, University at Buffalo

Buffalo, New York, USA


presented by The National College of Dance for Arthur Bridges Gala Concert

Friday 18th May 8:00pm – Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Choreography by Brett Morgan

Music by Cyrus Meurant


Callan Constable, Caleb Durbin, Rory Ferguson, Rhys Kosakowski and Lawrence Lambert


Cyrus Meurant (violin)

Eleanor Betts (cello)

Maria Raspopova (piano)

Cyrus Meurant @ St Stephen’s

Friday 2nd March 1:00pm (2012)

Works for organ, violin and piano composed and performed by Cyrus Meurant

St Stephen’s Uniting Church, 197 Macquarie St, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Concert includes: Prelude for organ, Two Interludes for solo violin and Three Night Pieces for solo piano


Panorama for flute, violin and cello

Friday 10th February 8:00pm and Saturday 11th February 8:00 pm (2012)

Reginald Theatre, Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW, Australia

As part of Synchronicity presented by Chronology Arts




Panorama Performance in Adelaide


In-be-tween New Dance Collaboration

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Three Pieces for flute, clarinet and bassoon

presented by Mitchell Conservatorium Musicians

Friday 18th May 7:30pm – Grenfell Uniting Church, Grenfell

Saturday 19th May 7:30pm – St John’s Church, Forbes

Sunday 20th May 2:30pm – St Stephen’s Anglican Church, Peak Hill

Trio for viola, clarinet and piano

Premiere of a short single movement work

presented by The Mitchell Conservatorium Trio

Friday 11th November 7:00pm – Mitchell Conservatorium Lachlan Campus, Forbes

Saturday 12th November 7:30pm – Parkes Uniting Church

Sunday 13th Nov, 2:30pm – St Stephens Anglican Church, Peak Hill

Concert includes works by: Bruch, Mozart and Meurant

Constancies for saxophone and piano

Friday 7th October 1:00pm (2011)

St Stephen’s Uniting Church, 197 Macquarie St, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Andrew Smith (saxophone)

Cyrus Meurant (piano)

Concert includes works by: Scelsi and Meurant


Triptych for chamber ensemble

Premiere of a new work in three movements for flute/piccolo, clarinet/bass clarinet, violin, cello, piano and percussion (vibraphone + glockenspiel)

presented by Plec Sextet

Tuesday 29th June 8:30pm (2010)

Ensemblezaal, Conservatorium van Amsterdam

Oosterdokskade 151
1011 DL Amsterdam – The Netherlands

Concert also includes works by: Thierry Tidrow and Johanna Blumink de Groot

Two Pieces for flute, cello and piano


Elemental – Water
presented by Bridges Ensemble

Friday 9th April 6pm (2010)
Gryphon Gallery, University of Melbourne
(1888 Buidling, cnr Swanston & Grattan Sts)

Laila Engle (flute)
Lachlan Dent (cello)
Brenna Wee (piano)

Concert includes works by: Crumb, Edwards, Françaix, Meurant & Tiutiunnik.


Deimos for Shakuhachi and Harp


Bamboo Related: A Concert of traditional, jazz and contemporary pieces for Shakuhachi

Sunday 25th October 3pm (2009)
Tufts University, Distler Performance Hall – Granoff Music Centre, Medford MA 02155 – USA

Elizabeth Reian Bennet performs with Special Guests:

Cathleen Read & Tomoko Graham (koto specialists)

Mihoko Abbe (piano)

Fanziska Huhn (harp)