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 in late fall in 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.
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.
I’m in Australia for two months before moving back to Beijing in late August. It’s been busy working on several new projects and a presentation I’ll be giving at ANU in Canberra next month, but lovely to meet new people, hear new music, and have the time and space to write.
A photo from Colleen’s performance of Water Music yesterday in Nashville: