Mr. Obama is an accomplished composer and versatile musical performer who has played for diverse audiences throughout Europe, America, Asia, Oceania, and Africa. Mr. Obama has established himself as an innovative composer whose performance style exemplifies free and flexible improvisation. Mr. Obama immersed himself in the New York jazz scene and made important connections such as Bill Frisell. He also performed throughout New York, including at Carnegie Hall. Mr. Obama worked to maintain the essence of the shakuhachi sound while integrating it with modern musical techniques in creating his fifth album “Sui”, inspired by his time in New York City.
Grants Awarded2011 | Music | United States
to conduct research on the intersection of traditional Japanese shakuhachi music and contemporary American jazz-inspired improvisation in New York City