Composed in 2015
commissioned by choreographer William McLellan, co-composed with Carolina Heredia
for electronics and dance
Premiere performance: April 4th, 2014 at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Samba Japonesa is William McLellan's Masters Thesis. The work explores the Japanese immigration and eventual integration into Brazilian society at the beginning of the 20th century. Cast in three movements, the first movement explores the beginning of the long voyage to Brazil from Japan and leaving their home as well as difficult times behind. The second movement explores the isolation of trying to integrate into a foreign culture and the third movement celebrates the mixing of these two cultures.