Robert Carl (b. 1954) has long been interested in Japanese music and culture, and in the spring of 2007 he received a grant from the Asian Cultural Council to travel to Japan to interview Japanese composers between the ages of thirty and sixty—his contemporaries, whom he describes as the “post-Takemitsu” generation. The complex interplay of history, culture, and memory has long occupied Carl’s thoughts, and forms the basis of his musical exploration of Japan.
His latest CD release, "FROM JAPAN" from New World Records, includes A CLEAN SWEEP, for shakuhachi and fixed audio media; BULLET CYCLE for 2 players and electronics; BROWN VELVET for bassoon and electronics; and a second version of A CLEAN SWEEP, for two shakuhachi and fixed media.
Performers on the recording include Elizabeth Brown and Robert Carl, shakuhachi; Ryan Hare, bassoon; Aleksander Sternfeld-Dunn, laptop; Katie Kennedy, cello; Bill Solomon, vibraphone; and Sayun Chang, percussion.