Composer/performer Kenji Bunch has received acclaim from audiences, performers, and critics alike for his work combining vernacular American influences with techniques from his classical training to create a unique vocabulary of New American music. His compositions have been performed by over fifty American orchestras, and in premiere venues on six continents. Recordings of his music are regularly broadcast on radio worldwide and are available on 18 different record labels.
Mr. Bunch maintains an active performing career, and is recognized for his own groundbreaking works for viola. Deeply committed to exploring connections with musicians from other backgrounds as well as artists of other disciplines, Mr. Bunch has collaborated with choreographers, film directors, actors, and prominent rock, jazz, folk, and experimental musicians.
A graduate of the Juilliard School and a 20-year veteran of the New York City musical world, he returned in 2013 to his native Portland, Oregon, where he lives with his wife, concert pianist Monica Ohuchi, their two children, and their dog, Coffee.
Mr. Bunch has served as Artistic Director of Fear No Music since 2014, and teaches viola and composition at Reed College and Portland State University, and is the head music theory teacher for the Portland Youth Philharmonic.
Monica Ohuchi, a native of Seattle, Washington, Ms. Ohuchi began her piano studies at the age of two with her mother, Sumiyo Ohuchi. Her past teachers include Marc Duran, Martin Canin, Bela Siki and David A. Brown.
Monica Ohuchi’s “commanding pianism” (The New York Times, Anthony Tommasini) allows her an active career as a piano soloist, chamber musician, and pedagogue. She is the pianist and Executive Director of Fear No Music, a founding member of the piano quartet Thunder Egg Consort, and performs locally with 45th Parallel, Chintimini Chamber Music Festival, and is a frequent guest on Portland ‘s All-Classical radio station. Her past engagements include soloing with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Marin Symphony Orchestra, Newport Symphony Orchestra, and the New Millennium Symphony Orchestra of Spain. Her solo album released on Helicon records label, “Monica’s Notebook”, is a series of piano Etudes written expressly for her by Kenji Bunch. Monica holds advanced degrees from the Juilliard School. After fifteen years in New York City, Ms. Ohuchi recently relocated to Portland, Oregon where she now lives with her husband Kenji, their two young children and Pitbull-mix rescue dog.