The Hannoversche Gesellschaft für Neue Musik published an interview with writer Autumn Tsai and myself about the project we undertook last year with Beiguan musicians Liu Yu-Hsiu and Li Chi-Chien of Ensemble Water-Stage in Taipei. The full transcript can be read here.
Germany has returned to a stricter lockdown, but I have been able to practice piano and compose at a local church a few days a week.
When things were more open, I was able to meet in Hannover with harpist Anne Serger to workshop the new solo for prepared harp I wrote for her.
For a while now, Allen Otte and I have been collaborating on new pieces with prepared yangqin. In the online exhibition Music as Image and Metaphor, you can hear a small contribution for yangqin and electronics. (Recording here).
Scramble (1971) – Simone Forti (*1935, US) Lágrimas de sol (2018) para oboe EUA – Melissa Vargas Franco (*1980, CO) undone (2020)*** for violin solo UA – Soosan Lolavar (*1987, IR/UK) Points of return (2018)** for alto recorder solo EUA – Rachel C. Walker (*1994, US) decessio (2019)* – Jeanne Strieder (*1980, DE)
* for XelmYa+, ** for Sylvia Hinz, *** for Sarah Saviet
A photo from the rehearsal earlier today with Liu Yu-Hsiu and Li Chi-Chien, who will premiere The space in between for two Beiguan musicians and electronics on the 23rd during the opening concert of the Kuandu Arts Festival.
Autumn wrote an introduction to her text and the piece here.
Pianist Humay Gasimzade gave an online concert last weekend:
The full program was:
Turkar Gasimzada: Dhikr for piano and live electronics (2016) Ben Damann: The Baby Duck in You Has Died for piano and electronics (2020) Ka Hei Cheng: The Engulfing Turbulence for piano and electronics (2020) – premiere Julius Eastman: Piano II- 2nd movement (1986) Rachel Walker: Fú’ōu (2016) Brian Ferneyhough: Lemma Icon Epigram (1981)