"Neo" for shamisen
Until now, I have never written for the shamisen.
When Honjoh Hidejiro commissioned this work, I realized I needed to do extensive research to be able to write for the shamisen. I worked closely with Hidejiro, as he would be the player who would premiere this piece, and we exchanged ideas through lots of Skype sessions as well as emails, with me sending him portions of written music and then listening to his recordings.
"neo" is a part of shamisen.
For some reason, I had a rather cartoon or comic book-like image about the instrument. Like some ninja or samurai who plays shamisen, and a part of the shamisen is a samurai sword, or something (yes, I watch too many movies and too much TV).
I hope you are cheering and screaming when he finishes this piece, like you would in a rock concert.