On August 6, 2020, The Polygon Gallery and Little Chamber Music presented Human Shadow Etched In Stone to mark the 75th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing. The performance, with 42 distanced and masked string players, began at 8:15am with an audience of 2: Hiroshima survivor Sachi Komura Rummel and her husband Charles. An excerpt from this one-time performance is available to watch online.
Learn more about Human Shadow Etched in Stone on the Polygon Podcast
Rita Ueda – “Let Us Not Be The Reason Someone Out There Is Praying For Peace” (2020)
Rita Ueda is a composer, sound designer, and music teacher in Vancouver, Canada. Her recent works include “Forty Years Of Snowfall Will Not Heal An Ancient Forest” for the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Escape from the Evil Alien Surfblasters for 8 hand piano ensemble, and Still Shaking from the Latte, a piano solo for Misuzu Kitazumi-Burns, a member of the LA Piano Unit. Rita was born in Hakodate, Japan, to a family of musicians, poets, dancers and engineers. She moved to Vancouver, Canada with her family in 1971. Rita studied composition and sound design at Simon Fraser University and the California Institute of the Arts. Her teachers include Rudolf Komoros, Rodney Sharman, Wadada Leo Smith, Morton Subotnick and Stephen L. Mosko.