Mike McInerney works with interactive technology, computer-generated sounds and live processing to create new music for Japanese shakuhachi flute, and other instruments. He studied mathematics and music as an undergraduate at the University of York, and has a Ph D in creative and performing arts from Dartington College of Arts, where he was taught by the composer Frank Denyer.

Between 2006 and 2019, Dr McInerney was subject lead in composition on the BA (Hons) music programme at Plymouth University, UK. In 1997, he was a highly commended runner up in the EPTA international piano competition and, in 2019, he was awarded the third and final KSK (International Shakuhachi Kenshu-Kan) European scholarship to study shakuhachi in Japan with the master teachers Kakizakai Kaoru and Teruo Furuya.

As a scholar, he writes about challenges in the Western tradition of notation and interpretation, the shakuhachi as an optimal interface with new technology, and the works and ethos of the Viennese visionary composer, Anestis Logothetis (1921 – 1994). As a composer and performer, he works with meditators, noise artists and musicians from a variety of traditions in performance projects across Europe and the UK.

Mike's teachers (Click to open)

Frank Denyer – composer

Yoshikazu Iwamoto – shakuhachi master

Celia Lister – calligrapher

Jo Peach – pianist and scholar

Véronique Piron – shakuhachi

Tanchu Terayama – Zen master calligrapher