Classical guitarist turns to Japanese musicWritten by Vicki L. Kroll | | email@example.com
Play guitar, get the girl. For some guys, it’s that simple.
In 1994, Daniel Quinn went to Quebec City for the Guitar Foundation of America competition.
“I may not have won that competition, but I got first prize as far as I’m concerned,” the classical guitarist said last week from his home in Fort Wayne, Ind. “I met a wonderful Japanese woman, Kei Matsui, and in 1997 we got married and I went to Japan for the first time.”
Once in the Land of the Rising Sun, Quinn discovered an enormous market for classical guitar. He picked up CDs and music. A year later, he went back and stayed three months, immersing himself in works by Japanese composers.
“I had a great idea for a project — a CD full of all this Japanese music,” he said.
His second disc, “Guitar Music by Japanese Composers,” was released in 2000.
“It’s a historical survey of some of the best works that have been written during the last 100 years,” Quinn said. “It was designed to kind of go along with my dissertation.”
He’s working on a new CD.
“It will contain four new works written for me by composers in Japan, and I’ll play at least three of those in Toledo.”
Quinn will perform a free recital at 7:15 p.m. Dec. 29 in the Toledo Museum of Art Great Gallery.
One of the new pieces he will play is the sonata “Wind” by Yasuhiko Tsukamoto.
“I went to Japan in 1999 and did my first concert in Tokyo,” Quinn said. “Tsukamoto showed up and he was so happy to hear someone playing his works again he wrote the sonata ‘Wind.’ ”
That performance netted a song from Kazu Munakata.
“’Requiem 9-11’ is a wonderful work; it’s very passionate,” Quinn said. “He felt very strongly about those attacks on America because he lived in Tokyo and lived through the fire bombings during World War II. He has memories of running around with a little bucket of water with a hand pump trying to squirt out fires just feeling completely hopeless.”
Quinn said he knows he’s found his niche.
“You try to find something that’s a marketing device. I’m trying to find something that’s new and people aren’t familiar with,” he said. “I could go to almost any country and find a lot of excellent music being written. This is the golden age of classical guitar.”
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