Xia YuYan 夏雨言 performed my recent pipa solo 空 in Lisbon last week at 21st CHIME (European Foundation for Chinese Music) Conference – Chinese Music as Cross Culture. Below is the poster and a picture of her performing with our friend Jiang Shaofeng 姜少峰 as part of their pipa and tap dance collaboration.
Percussionists Allen Otte & Zhang Yongyun performed two recent works side-by-side on April 20th at Urban Artifact in Cincinnati – a premiere of a short prepared yangqin (扬琴) solo, Forms of falling dust, and a performance of 辜月 for Chinese drum (扁鼓) and voice.
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: