Xia YuYan and I presented a guest lecture recital yesterday at Shandong University. The audience was receptive and there was an interesting discussion after. Thanks to Professor Daniel Bell’s invitation and for Professor Wang Pei of Tsinghua University for her commentary on Chinese Philosophy following the performance.
I am off to Qingdao tomorrow morning to present a guest lecture recital with Xia YuYan regarding our three years of collaboration and the influence of philosophy my compositional work. She will perform two traditional pieces and my latest pipa piece for her, 空 (2018).
Pipa player Xia YuYan and I presented a lecture recital today at Tsinghua University in Beijing. We discussed our collaborations over the past three years and the challenges of writing new music for Chinese instruments. YuYan performed two traditional pieces alongside my recent work, 空.
Written for & performed by Xia YuYan 夏雨言，
A few pictures from the rehearsals of my new work for YuYan over the past two weeks and of our recording session earlier today:
Cincinnati Soundbox will present five concerts this spring; the full listing is now up.
Movers & Makers Cincinnati also featured a little blurb today about Salon21‘s upcoming concert for which CSB was the Artistic Adviser.
I spent the fall meeting with friends to learn more about dizi (笛子), haegeum (奚琴), pipa (琵琶), and sheng (笙), and to go over recent & future pieces. In December, I finished a work for the Chinese Bamboo Flute Orchestra, and I have been busy since then on one for recorder player Sylvia Hinz.
Cincinnati Soundbox presented a joint concert with new music ensemble All of the Above in November that I co-curated with composer Laura Harrison, and has several concerts planned for the spring.
There is a new piece for haegeum (奚琴) and guzheng (古筝) to be written over the Chinese New Year…
…and a short piece for Xia YuYan, who will premiere it at the CHIME Conference this May in Lisbon.