NMB Series

NewMusicBox published a series of articles last month which speak some to my experiences as a composer in China.

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The first article discusses my collaborations with pipa player Xia Yuyan 夏雨言 (For Summer Rain). The second details the new music initiatives of the Chinese Bamboo Flute Orchestra 中国竹笛乐团 (An Introduction to the Chinese Bamboo Flute Orchestra). Article 3 is about a weekend spent with poet Zheng Xiaoqiong 郑小琼 (Poetry and Community in Guangzhou). The final article discusses The Importance of Exchange and several Beijing composers who are active in creating it.

At Banff

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I have been at Banff for the past week and a half collaborating with the Butter Quartet from The Hague —

They premiered a new quartet I wrote for them, Mycelia whisper lines, last night. It has been such a wonderful experience to work with the Butters and their historical instruments.

 

June

I finished a new graphic score for Colleen last month called cicada song; it is being premiered on Saturday in Texas at Sam Houston State University in a realization for six percussionists.

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I had also written a trio back in August/September for sheng 笙, yangqin 扬琴, and toy piano 玩具钢琴 called the impression remains. I had a great rehearsal with Zhu Jiang Yang, Li Yi Fan, and Li Yun this morning in Beijing; we are making a recording of the piece next week.

I head to Canada on July 8th and will be at Banff for the month to workshop a new piece during EQ: Evolution of the String Quartet. (Banff must surely be the opposite of Beijing…?)