Works performed by Earplay:


A Rome Prize and Berlin Prize recipient, composer/vocalist Ken Ueno is currently an Associate Professor at UC Berkeley. Ensembles and performers who have played Ken’s music include Kim Kashkashian and Robyn Schulkowsky, Mayumi Miyata, Teodoro Anzellotti, Wendy Richman, Greg Oakes, BMOP, Alarm Will Sound, SFCMP, the Nieuw Ensemble, and Frances-Marie Uitti. His music has been performed at such venues as Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MusikTriennale Köln Festival, the Muziekgebouw, Ars Musica, Warsaw Autumn, Other Minds, the Hopkins Center, Spoleto USA, Steim, and at the Norfolk Music Festival. Ken’s piece Shiroi Ishi for the Hilliard Ensemble has been featured in their repertoire for over ten years, with performances at Queen Elizabeth Hall in England and the Vienna Konzerthaus, and was aired on Italian national radio RAI 3. His work Pharmakon was performed dozens of times nationally by Eighth Blackbird during their 2001-2003 seasons. A portrait concert of Ken’s was featured on MaerzMusik in Berlin in 2011. As a vocalist, he specializes in extended techniques and has collaborated in improvisations with Joey Baron, Robyn Schulkowsky, Joan Jeanrenaud, Ikue Mori, Tim Feeney, and David Wessel, amongst others. He recently performed his vocal concerto with the Warsaw Philharmonic. Ken holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University. A monograph CD of three orchestral concertos was released on the Bmop/sound label. For more information, please visit his website.

[from program for May 20, 2013 concert]