In February 2016, Josh, S. E. Shires' artist, and Iku, Eastman Music Company's artist, premiered Shin-ichiro Kanda's "Four Mai" for Trumpet/Flugelhorn, Violin/Viola, and Piano. Please checkout "Four Mai" page!
Shin-ichiro Kanda (b. 1976) is a Tokyo-based composer, pianist and modular synthesizer player. He studied piano with Yuko Umemura and Kiyoshi Miyata and composition with Akiko Kami. His composition is influenced by Yuji Takahashi and Ryuichi Sakamoto. Mr. Kanda started performing jazz piano and composing while studying at Tokyo Gakugei University and now hosts a free jazz avant garde concert series called "Ongaku-Bigaku." He has released 4 CDs as a performer and has composed 10 musicals. "Four Mai" is Mr. Kanda's U.S. premier.
Joshua Whitehouse is an active freelance player in the Phoenix area. He is a member of the Sonoran Brass Quintet and frequently performs with the Phoenix Symphony, Arizona Opera, and other orchestras in the Southwest. In addition, he has performed with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, the Malaysian Philharmonic, the Bangor Symphony, Portland Symphony, and Haddonfield Symphony and appeared as a soloist with the Arcady Chamber Orchestra, University of Rhode Island Chamber Orchestra, and Arizona State Wind Symphony.
Previously, Mr. Whitehouse held the position of Assistant Professor of Trumpet and Music Theory at the University of Maine before moving to Arizona to pursue doctoral studies at Arizona State University. Previously he studied at the University of Maine (M.M., 1997), Curtis Institute (B.M., 1995), Eastman School of Music and Boston University's Tanglewood Institute. He teachers have included David Hickman, Rudy Nashan, Frank Kaderabek, Charles Geyer, and Donald Stratton.
His recordings include Cornet Fantasie available on Summit Records.