Beiguan rehearsal

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.

Frühling

I haven’t made an update for a little bit; here is some of what I’ve been wrapped up in the meantime.

I spent time this Spring finishing a work for Ensemble Adapter (for piccolo, bass clarinet, prepared harp, prepared xylophone)…

…and also a piece for two Beiguan 北管 musicians (voice/percussion, voice/sanxian) and electronics, which will premiere at the end of September in Taipei.

Both are with text from Autumn Tsai.

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…).