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:

铁钉 Video

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

Accelerando

Colleen Phelps led a masterclass on and performance of cicada song in November with students in the Nashville Symphony’s Accelerando Initiative:

Sheng / yangqin / toy piano

I recorded the impression remains late last week with Li Yi Fan (sheng 笙), Zhu Jiang Yang (yangqin 扬琴), and Alexander Colding Smith (conductor 指挥):

It was great to collaborate with everyone and for the piece — which we have been discussing since 2015 — to come full circle. Yi Fan and I had met in an elevator at China Conservatory one evening. She lamented that none of the composers she knew would write sheng pieces and asked if I were interested on the spot. We met for several demonstrations and kept in touch, but she left the exact instrumentation of the work up to me. (Perhaps I would have reconsidered my chosen instrumentation had I envisioned myself carting a toy piano around Beijing taxis for a year…).