The Memory Stone
Composer: Marty Ragen
Composer Bio: Marty Regan (b. 1972) has composed over 60 works for traditional Japanese instruments and since 2002 has been affiliated with AURA-J, one of Japan's premiere performance ensembles of contemporary-traditional Japanese music. He graduated from Oberlin College in 1995 with a B.M. in Composition and a B.A. in English and East Asian Studies. From 2000 to 2002 he studied composition and took applied lessons on traditional Japanese instruments as a Japanese government-sponsored research student at Tokyo College of Music. He completed his Ph.D. in Music with an emphasis in Composition at the University of Hawai‘i, Manoa in 2006. In 2011 he was affiliated as a research scholar at Shanghai Conservatory of Music, where he took applied lessons on traditional Chinese instruments.
Librettist: Kenny Fries
Librettist Bio: Kenny Fries is the author of The History of My Shoes and the Evolution of Darwin's Theory (Carroll and Graf, 2007), Body, Remember: A Memoir (Dutton, 1997; Plume paperback, 1998; new edition, University of Wisconsin Press, 2003) and editor of Staring Back: The Disability Experience from the Inside Out (Plume, 1997). His books of poems include Desert Walking: Poems (The Advocado Press, 2000) and Anesthesia: Poems (The Advocado Press, 1996). He received a 2009 Creative Capital grant in Innovative Litearature, the 2007 Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award, the Gregory Kolovakos Award, a Creative Arts Fellowship from the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission and the National Endowment, and was a Fulbright Scholar to Japan. He teaches in the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Goddard College.
Work Web Site: http://www.martyregan.com/works/memory-stone/
Premiere Date: April 09, 2013
Description: After the March 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami, a mysterious woman appears with a memory stone in Houston's Japanese garden. The woman's powers cause two Japanese-American women to relive crucial moments from their respective pasts. As their common ancestry creates a bond between them, they question how they can support those who have been affected by the devastation of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. 
Length: 00:47
Total Acts: 1
Contact: Not Available
Composer Web Site: http://www.martyregan.com/
Librettist Web Site: http://www.kennyfries.com/
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