In 2009, I wrote a little sketch for Sho, bass flute, alto and percussion at a workshops in the Atlas Academy. The sound of this Japanese instrument fascinated me and inspired me to compose a work for this instrument by combining it with other Western instruments.
Other composers like Takemistu or Hosokawa have proposed magnificent works for Sho and other instruments in a Western classical orchestra. The writing of Sho in this work is committed to respect rather traditional without introducing the possibility of unconventional sound.
The sound of Sho can be easily masked by others. This instrument has a traditional role in the soundscape and I wanted to give it a genuine different position as well as a particular presence on the whole. Also other instruments modulate its sound.