Cincinnati Soundbox will present five concerts this spring; the full listing is now up.
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.
A few photos from Yongyun’s performance last night in Cincinnati –
I recently finished a new work for sheng (笙), yangqin (扬琴), and toy piano (玩具钢琴) for sheng virtuoso Li YiFan 李怡凡 that will premiere later this year Beijing:
Percussionist Zhang YongYun 张永韵 has been working on my new drum and spoken voice piece 辜月 in Cincinnati. The wonders of Wechat now include enabling rehearsals to take place from halfway across the globe…
Lastly, I have been shadowing rehearsals with the Chinese Bamboo Flute Orchestra (中国竹笛乐团) as part of my ongoing compositional research on dizi (笛子). There is so much to learn and explore…
Two of the other Schwarzman Scholars in this year’s cohort, Micah Dane Petersen and Amos Wittenberg, have started a podcast named In two bags. I was invited onboard as a guest and spoke with Micah about my work with Chinese music and new piece for sheng, yangqin, and toy piano:
I had a great time presenting on my work at the Women in the Creative Arts conference in Canberra in August. I am back in Beijing now on a one year fellowship at Tsinghua University as a Schwarzman Scholar and am writing a few new works for Chinese instruments.