六段の調べ (Rokudan no Shirabe)

The Edo Period (1603 – 1868) marks a time of political stability and domestic development in Japanese history that led to a growing culture of the arts and music. Although many styles of music flourished, sōkyoku jiuta, Edo period chamber music for koto, a thirteen-stringed plucked zither, and shamisen, a three-stringed plucked lute, likely best… Continue reading 六段の調べ (Rokudan no Shirabe)

Eight Octatonic Studies

Now available from KPMP: Eight Octatonic Studies for Solo Guitar by Ken Pasciak Inspired by Toru Takemitsu and Leo Brouwer, Eight Octatonic Studies features eight studies for classical or electric guitar. Each study explores the expressive potential of an octatonic collection (also referred to as an octatonic scale or diminished scale). Studies I, IV and VI feature ostinato patterns… Continue reading Eight Octatonic Studies


Ken Pasciak is a guitarist, music theorist, composer and arranger. Originally from Buffalo, NY, Ken began his musical studies as a trumpet player, performing in various concert bands, jazz ensembles and brass quintets. Though a talented trumpeter, musical interests and opportunities led him to the guitar. As a student of jazz guitarist, Frank Gerard, he… Continue reading About