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January Update

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…

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…and a short piece for Xia YuYan, who will premiere it at the CHIME Conference this May in Lisbon.

新年快乐!

Rehearsals, rehearsals, rehearsals…

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…

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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…

Conference, new works

The Guardian ran a nice preview article on the Women in the Creative Arts conference taking place at ANU in two weeks here.  Looking forward to exchanging ideas and listening to new music!

I recently finished up a new percussion solo for Yongyun Zhang (excerpt below) that she’ll be premiering in late November in Cincinnati.  Since then I’ve been putting down notes for a few new collaborations with sheng and recorder, respectively.