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February 2013
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“Identity” concerto available for orchestral rental; soloist subsidy grant announced

Orchestral scores and parts for Identity: Zhongshan Zhuang, a concerto for guzheng and orchestra, are now available for rental from Janen Music.

Composed by Michael Gordon Shapiro and Victor Cheng, the piece puts the 3800-year-old Chinese folk instrument at the fore of the Western orchestra in new take on a traditional concerto setting. Identity has had performances in the United States, Canada, and several cities in Mainland China, most notably in Beijing by the China National Symphony. Janen Music is now making the piece available to American orchestras for the first time.

Recognizing that most American orchestras don’t have access to a guzheng player, Hanyi Inc will subsidize travel and accommodations for a renowned guzheng virtuoso, Su Chang – effectively providing a soloist for the piece at no cost to the host orchestra! This offer is made possible through a grant offered by Hanyi, motivated by a desire to help share this music more widely throughout the United States, and to introduce American audiences to the guzheng. The grant will be awarded to up to six qualified orchestras for performances in 2013 or 2014.

For more information on the piece or the grant, please visit Identity’s page at Janen Music.

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January 2013
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Recent project roundup

Michael has completed scoring game projects for Gas Powered Games/Square Enix and Phyken Media, both of which will be announced in early Spring.

On the film side, Michael has completed original score for Birdemic 2: The Ressurrection, sequel to the infamous cult hit Birdemic: Shock and Terror.

Birdemic 2 icon

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January 2013
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Premiere of “Lament for Solo Violin”

Michael’s Lament for Solo Violin premiered in December at a San Francisco commemorative service for victims of the Nanking Massacre. Joseph Maile performs in the photo below.

Lament for solo violin

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November 2012
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New Solo Violin Work

Michael was commissioned to write a piece for solo violin to be premiered on December 15th in San Francisco at a commemoration of the 1937 Nanking Massacre. The piece, “Lament for Solo Violin: Nanking 1937” is an elegy and gesture of sympathy for those impacted by this dark period during World War Two. The piece will be performed by violinist Joseph Maile.

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August 2012
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“Super Sidekick: The Musical” wins accolades at NY Fringe Festival

Super Sidekick: The Musical, with book by Gregory Crafts and music and lyrics by Michael Gordon Shapiro, has earned a number of accolades and positive reviews at the 2012 New York Fringe Festival. Some honors include a Critic’s Pick designation by New York Magazine, and a glowing review from NYTheatre.com .

The music was also one a small number of shows to be granted a one-month extension in the Fringe Encores series, and was the only children’s show to do so in the festival’s history.

Super Sidekick: The Musical will be included in the fall 2012 catalog from stage publisher Samuel French.

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January 2012
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“Identity” guzheng concerto now available on iTunes

Identity: Zhongshan Zhuang is now available from online music vendors including the iTunes store. The album presents a studio performance of the piece recorded at Warner Brothers Studios in 2010, as well as several traditional solo guzheng pieces. Su Chang returns as featured soloist, and the United Musicians Symphonic Orchestra of Los Angeles is conducted by Case Scaglione.

Click here to view Identity: Zhongshan Zhuang on the iTunes store.

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November 2011
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“Identity” guzheng concerto mainland China concerts

Michael’s concerto for orchestra and guzheng (Chinese zither), co-written with producer/composer Victor Cheng, continues its run of performances in the People’s Republic of China. Concerts this fall included the cities of Wuhan and Xiamen, with guzheng virtuoso Su Chang returning in her role as soloist. The piece is also scheduled for two performances in Taiwan this December.


Su Chang

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August 2011
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“Strange Rain” Now Available on iOS App Store

Michael’s music is included in the newest version of Opertoon’s top-selling iOS app (former #1 on U.S. iPad entertainment charts) Strange Rain.

Strange Rain is an immersive experience featuring music against a changing backdrop of stormy weather and a nonlinear narrative story. Michael’s moody piano score, one of the app’s three musical accompaniments, evolves in tandem with the visuals to become slowly stranger over time.

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