Pittsburgh based composer and shakuhachi player

Devon Osamu Tipp creates unorthodox musical environments from ostensibly incompatible realms. Focusing on rhythmic and timbral transmutation of cyclical materials, his music and performances draws influence from his Japanese and Eastern European roots, his experiences as a jeweler and painter, improvisations with plants, and his studies of gagaku and hogaku in Japan and the US. His compositions have been performed in the US, Europe, Australia, China and Japan. Tipp’s research focuses on the intersection between Western contemporary musical trends and traditional Japanese musical mediums. He is an Andrew W. Mellon Predoctoral Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh conducting research on Mamoru Fujieda’s ongoing magnum opus, Patterns of Plant, and is studying the nexus of the Japanese koto and Just Intonation. For more information, please visit http://www.greengiraffemusic.info

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