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Rehearsing Ebb and flow

In Beijing for the month with percussionist Zhang Yongyun, pipa player Xia Yuyan, and writer & interdisciplinary artist Autumn Tsai for performances of my new work Ebb and flow.

A few images from rehearsal yesterday:

Heidelberg

I visited Heidelberg last week to catch Xia Yuyan’s concert with Jiang Shaofeng at the opening of the CHIME Collection:

It was wonderful to see/hear them both in Germany and also to discuss with Yuyan drafts for our upcoming nanpa/percussion collaboration for September.

铁钉 Video

Video from the premiere in April with percussionists Xinyi Zheng and Yongyun Zhang. Text from the poem by Zheng Xiaoqiong:

Window into Nanyin Instruments

I am back from a busy month in China, where I was carrying out research in preparation for upcoming works.

I spent time learning about Nanpa 南琶 from Xia Yuyan for a future piece…

…as well as with Wang Meng, learning more about Nanxiao 南箫 (pictured) and shakuhachi (尺八, 尺六):

I also spent a few days in Hangzhou researching Sanxian 三弦 for a separate project with Professor Chen Jingjing at the Zhejiang Conservatory: