Season 2 has begun! We welcome composer, Cait Nishimura to the Band Room Podcast! Join Dylan and Cait as they discuss her formative years, finding her path as a musician, her compositional process, fighting self-doubt and why she does what she does.
Cait Nishimura is a Canadian composer, songwriter, and music educator based in Toronto, Ontario. Described as having a "refreshing buoyancy", her music uses minimalist patterns, simple yet lush harmonies, and themes that linger in listeners' minds, drawing inspiration from the beauty of the natural world. With a special focus on wind band and choral music, Nishimura strives to present contemporary concert music that is accessible and enjoyable by musicians of all levels. Her work for wind band, Chasing Sunlight, was selected as the winner of the 2017 Canadian Band Association Composition Competition, and has since been added to regional and national wind band syllabi. Nishimura holds undergraduate degrees in music and education from the University of Toronto. Her work is regularly programmed and commissioned by ensembles across North America, where she is in demand as a visiting composer and educator.
Outside of her work in the "classical" realm, Cait is currently writing her first musical and has released her first pop single:
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Cait Nishimura | PUKASKWA (from LAKE SUPERIOR SUITE)
University of Toronto Wind Ensemble – Conductor Dr. Gillian MacKay
University of Toronto Faculty of Music
Canadian Band Association - Howard Cable Prize