Cait Nishimura Music · Chasing Sunlight (solo piano)- Cait Nishimura x Brian Barber

Chasing Sunlight was the winner of the 2017 Canadian Band Association Composition Competition. The original version is performed frequently by concert bands worldwide, and is included on several festival repertoire lists and syllabi. This piano version was created during the COVID-19 pandemic, during which the music community was forced to completely reimagine its approach to music-making. We created this solo version of the piece so that individual musicians could bring it to life in a new way, until we’re able to make music together again.

Chasing Sunlight was inspired by the experience of driving west into the setting sun, as if trying to keep up with the earth’s rotation to catch the last few rays of light before dark. The steady eighth note motif throughout the piece represents this sense of urgency, while the soaring, lyrical themes depict the warmth and radiance of the sun low in the sky. 

Just as the sun will always set, humans must accept the impermanence of all things in life, and make the most of every opportunity before it has passed. Chasing Sunlight also represents this ongoing pursuit of these opportunities.


At Cait Nishimura Music, we care about protecting the planet we call home. Five dollars from every purchase of this piece will be donated to the Nature Conservancy of Canada. Thank you for helping us support this initiative. To learn more, visit: 

Special thanks to Brian Barber, without whom this arrangement would not exist. Thank you, Brian, for your expertise, sensitivity, and imagination.