Cajón (2016)

For solo cello
Duration: 6½ minutes

Program note:

A cajón is a box-shaped Peruvian instrument that is normally played by tapping it on its sides to make percussive sounds. My original idea for this piece was for a cello to play along with a cajón, but then I wondered what if the cello were the cajón itself…

A sincere thanks to my wonderful cellist, Josh DeVries, for his incredible artistry and support throughout writing this piece.


Audio recording:
Joshua DeVries, cello



April 2nd, 2016Cajon collab concert poster (4/2/16)
University of Michigan Collaborative Recital:
Cello, Composition, Flute, and Oboe Studios
Performed by Joshua DeVries
Britton Recital Hall, Ann Arbor, MI

April 13th, 2016Cajon poster - Nina Shekhar
“write HEAR right NOW:”
University of Michigan Student Composers Concert
Performed by Joshua DeVries
Britton Recital Hall, Ann Arbor, Michigan

April 14th, 2016
“Converge: A New Music Collective” Concert
Performed by Joshua DeVries
Kevreson Rehearsal Hall, Ann Arbor, Michigan

August 5th, 2016
Bowdoin International Music Festival:
Artists of Tomorrow Series Concert
Performed by John Belk
Studzinski Recital Hall (Bowdoin College), Brunswick, Maine

November 5th, 2016
Midwest Composers Symposium
Performed by Joshua DeVries
Concert Hall, Center for New Music (University of Iowa), Iowa City, Iowa