The Troglodyte by James Nyoraku Schlefer performed live by the composer and the Sybrite5 string quintet at Symphony Space, NYC. The Troglodyte is a musical journey of emotion through the tumultuous Trump ascendancy. Both soloist and team player, the shakuhachi is the unwitting protagonist in a roller coaster of sound that swerves amidst hilarity, shock, despair, helpless yearning and gallows humor.
The music is in several sections as it proceeds to an ever gloomier conclusion; Overture, Change and Progress, The Troglodyte, This Isn't Happening; Election Night; The Aftermath. I am tremendously grateful to Sybarite5 for the opportunity to write a new piece for them which includes the shakuhachi. The group’s wonderful inventiveness and tremendous energy has allowed me create music that matches their spirit with my own novel approach using traditional shakuhachi sound with contemporary innovation.