Masaki was an integral part of Equilibrium at the beginning of this project. He contributed greatly, but has since moved on to create amazing music in Japan.
Masaki J. Hasebe (b. 1984) is a Boston based composer with diverse compositional styles. His vocal works are often described as “lyrical and beautiful”, while his instrumental works are described as “agitated, exciting, rhythmical, dense, and quirky.” Also interested in music from non-Western cultures, Hasebe’s output includes works for traditional Japanese instruments such as the ryuteki and koto. Hasebe was born in Japan and moved to Hawaii when he was thirteen. He received his Bachelor of Music in Composition from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2007. He received his Master of Music in Composition (2010) and Professional Studies Certificate in Composition (2011) from The Boston Conservatory. Hasebe studied composition with Andy Vores, Donald Reid Womack, Curtis K. Hughes, Marti Epstein, Jan Swafford, Dalit Warshaw, Byron K. Yasui, E. Takeo Kudo, Thomas A. Osborne, Daniel Kessner, and Jon Magnussen.
Also an active music theorist, Hasebe specializes in analyzing twelve-tone music, namely music by Nikos Skalkottas, serial techniques employed in late Stravinsky works, and serial techniques developed by Messiaen.
A composer with many commissions, his commissioners include the soprano Aliana de la Guardia, the Devil May Care Duo, and marimbist Matt Sharrock. His compositions have been performed by pianist Thomas Rosenkranz, cellist Andrew Mark, the Ludovico Ensemble, and Juventas New Music Ensemble, and marimbist Setsuko Kutsuno.
Hasebe’s etudes for snare drum is included in The PAS MassChap 2008 Snare Drum Collection, and his etude for xylophone is included in The MassChap 2010 Xylophone Collection, both compiled by Samuel Z. Solomon, and are published by Bachovich Music Publications.
for more information, visit Masaki’s website