Collaborations

Common Grain Inc. brings together musicians from all over the world to perform in everything from concert halls, museums, art galleries, libraries, weddings and private parties.


Sukiyaki Song "Ue o Muite Arukō" (上を向いて歩こう, "I Look Up As I Walk") 
Performed for the official opening concert of the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C.
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts


Soshuyakyoku, Suzhou Nocturne
Performed for the official opening concert of the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C.
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

 
 

Guitar + Koto

The core instruments featured in Common Grain are classical guitar + koto.  This grouping has performed in Washington, D.C., South Korea and New York City. 

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.

National Opera Center, New York City

National Opera Center, New York City

Japanese Embassy, Washington, D.C.

Japanese Embassy, Washington, D.C.


 

Koto, Masayo Ishigure (Japan): Since 2014, has performed and worked with Michael Gilsinan on various projects in New York City, South Korea and Washington D.C.

 

Composer Celil Refik Kaya (Turkey): In 2014, composed “Dicle ve Firat” for guitar, violin and cello.  Michael Gilsinan, Jungin Monica Ji and Harmonnia Junus gave the world premier performance at the Hyde Space in Soho, NY.  In 2015, Celil composed the first commissioned piece for Common Grain, “The White Butterfly” for guitar and koto.

 

Cellist, Jungin Monica Ji (South Korea): Performed modern folk arrangements since 2011 with Ensemble NYC in California, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York City, South Korea and Panama.

 

Soprano, Mizuho Takeshita (Japan): Performed modern folk compositions with Michael Gilsinan in New York City and New Jersey.

 

Composer, Michael Karmon (USA): In 2011, composed “All in a Day’s Work” for Flute and Guitar.  Michael Gilsinan and Jung-Yi Hsieh gave the world premier performance at the Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Funded by the Brannen-Cooper Fund and the New York Flute Center.

 

Composer, Atanas Ourkouzounov (Bulgaria): In 2013, composed “Flowing Modes” for Ensemble NYC.

 

Violinist, Harmonnia Junus (Australia): In 2014, performed with Ensemble NYC in New York City, South Korea and the Sydney Opera House.

 

Violinist, Alex Fortes (USA): In 2012, performed with Michael Gilsinan and Jungin Monica Ji.  Their concert was featured on a NY1 evening news broadcast.

 

Flutist, Jung-yi Alice Hsieh Daugherty (Taiwan): Since 2009, has performed with Michael Gilsinan in New York City, Washington D.C., New Jersey and Las Vegas.

 

Violinist, Mara Gerety (USA): In 2013, performed Michael Gilsinan’s folk arrangements of Sarasate’s Melodie Romaine, op. 47 and Bartók’s Six Hungarian Peasant Songs (Old Dance Tunes).

 

Cellist, Mark Humburg (USA): In 2011, performed the technically demanding “Luminous Spirals” by Chinary Ung for guitar, cello and flute with Michael Gilsinan and Julie Lee.

 

Violinist, Aria Kitaguchi (Japan): In 2013, performed works for guitar and violin by Atanas Ourkouzounov at the Classical Guitar Festival of Upstate New York with Michael Gilsinan.