Life in a Day
for shakuhachi and harp (2007)
duration: 8’
GRT • 132

score available from
Australian Music Centre

program note
Life in a Day was commissioned by Riley Lee for the 2008 World Shakuhachi Festival (Sydney) with assistance from the Music Board of the Australia Council for the Arts. It exploits the natural tuning of the shakuhachi but also seeks to re–contextualise its cultural association through the influence of contemporary jazz and lounge styles. The piece is a true duet, both shakuhachi and harp featuring separately but often closely interwoven. The music is at turns elated and introspective but ultimately assumes a sense of urgency as the end nears.

“Renown harpist Marshall McGuire and shakuhachi grandmaster, Riley Lee took to the stage performing Life in a Day by Stuart Greenbaum. A contemporary approach to a traditional instrument, Riley Lee transported the shakuhachi into a world of jazz nuances and lounge influences.”
Allison Gumbleton, Aprap, December 2009