Douglas Vuncannon is a composer, musician, writer and visual artist who has traveled extensively in the United States, Europe, Latin America and Asia. Recent projects include Fukushima Travelogue (2015), a dispatch from the radioactive ghost towns of Japan, and Sabungeros (Cockfighters) (2017), an exhibition of photographs captured in the Philippines between 2014 and 2016.
Vuncannon teaches documentary photography at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University and plays double bass in a jazz band. He also works as the archival 35mm film projectionist at the North Carolina Museum of Art and holds the position of audio-visual specialist at the Nasher Museum of Art.
Sinfonietta Fukushima is his first completed piece for symphony orchestra.
Sinfonietta Fukushima (2013) is a satirical tone poem written in reaction to the eponymous disaster in Japan. The work is by turns serious and whimsical. It expresses restlessness in mood and tonality, and attempts to balance pessimism with evocations of nostalgia and a searching, clear-eyed resolution.