Video from the premiere in April with percussionists Xinyi Zheng and Yongyun Zhang. Text from the poem by Zheng Xiaoqiong:
A few photos from Sylvia’s premiere of Points of return in Colombia last month during Festival Mujeres en la Música Nueva:
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:
Sylvia Hinz will give the premiere of my alto recorder work this June in Columbia. More information here.
A few photos and the accompanying notes from the premiere of my recent work for two speaking percussionists, performed this past week by Yongyun Zhang & Xinyi Zheng:
“In the furnace, she casts herself as an iron nail…
An Iron Nail 铁钉 explores the poetry of Zheng Xiaoqiong 郑小琼 (b. 1980), a former migrant worker who left Sichuan Province to enter the factories in Guangdong Province. At age twenty-one, she began to write about her experiences. Her poems offer a window into the lives of and conditions faced by factory workers.
When I visited Xiaoqiong in May 2018, she took me to Dongguan to listen to the sounds of the factories firsthand. Every factory sounds unique: a plastic factory, a hardware factory, an electronics factory…
“Little by little gathering rust,
Little by little swallowing her up…
This work is dedicated to Zhang Yongyun and to Zheng Xiaoqiong.
April 2019, Beijing.
A photo from last week’s dress rehearsal before the Polish premiere of My shadow forms a resonant shell:
A few photos from the premiere of My shadow forms a resonant shell with pianist Jill Jantzen and 4-Way Quartet last week in Cincinnati:
The program will be repeated in Warsaw in March and features five premieres by Polish and American composers Aleksandra Chmielewska, Żaneta Rydzewska, Julia Seeholzer, Laura Harrison, and myself.