VIVE! Ensemble, conductor Maria Mercedes Diaz Garcia, and percussionist Allen Otte are doing a tour of Cincinnati, Nashville, and Texas with a new chamber version of my On a paper nautilus. Mercedes gave an interview about the concert over on the CSB site here.
Pipa player Xia YuYan and I presented a lecture recital today at Tsinghua University in Beijing. We discussed our collaborations over the past three years and the challenges of writing new music for Chinese instruments. YuYan performed two traditional pieces alongside my recent work, 空.
I recently finished a new work for sheng (笙), yangqin (扬琴), and toy piano (玩具钢琴) for sheng virtuoso Li YiFan 李怡凡 which will premiere later this year Beijing.
Percussionist Zhang YongYun 张永韵 has been working on my new drum and spoken voice piece 辜月 in Cincinnati. The wonders of Wechat now include enabling rehearsals to take place from halfway across the globe…
Lastly, I have been shadowing rehearsals with the Chinese Bamboo Flute Orchestra (中国竹笛乐团) as part of my ongoing compositional research on dizi (笛子). There is so much to learn and explore…
Colleen preparing to come to Cincinnati for the premiere of Purification:
I gave a joint piano recital of solo and duo works by contemporary composers at the Cincinnati Art Museum. The program included my Night Music (2012).