Shirish Korde

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Shirish Korde (born June 18, 1945), is a composer who was born in Uganda to Indian parents. He is the Chair of the Music Department at the College of the Holy Cross (Worcester, MA) and has previously been on the faculty of the Berklee College of Music, the New England Conservatory, and Brown University. Korde studied jazz and composition at the Berklee College of Music, analysis and composition at the New England Conservatory, and ethnomusicology at Brown University.


His works include:

  • Tenderness of Cranes, for solo flute, influenced by Japanese shakuhachi techniques
  • Time Grids, for amplified guitar and tape
  • Constellations, for saxophone quartet
  • Drowned Woman of the Sky, a song cycle based on poems by Pablo Neruda
  • Nesting Cranes (2006), for solo flute and strings, premiered by Jennifer Gunn and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Ludovic Morlot
  • Svara-Yantra (2005), a violin concerto premiered by the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra with soloist Joanna Kurkowicz, who also played the American premiere[1]
  • Songs of Ecstasy (2008)
  • Zikhr: Songs of Longing (2009) for soprano, flute, string trio, harp, tabla and percussion, premiered by the Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston[2][3]

Korde has composed five large-scale music-theatre works:

These works exhibit influences of Asian dramatic and musical forms, especially Balinese gamelan and shadow puppetry, Vedic chant, Tuva music from Central Asia, North Indian Tala, and shakuhachi music. Jazz elements and computer voice synthesis techniques are also incorporated into his music-theater works.

He was described by Computer Music Journal as one of the few "contemporary composers who have been deeply touched by music of non-Western cultures, jazz, and computer technology and who has created a powerful and communicative compositional language."

Korde is the founder of Neuma Records.


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