January Update

I spent the fall meeting with friends to learn more about dizi (笛子), haegeum (奚琴), pipa (琵琶), and sheng (笙), and to go over recent & future pieces. In December, I finished a work for the Chinese Bamboo Flute Orchestra, and I have been busy since then on one for recorder player Sylvia Hinz.

Cincinnati Soundbox presented a joint concert with new music ensemble All of the Above in November that I co-curated with composer Laura Harrison, and has several concerts planned for the spring.

There is a new piece for haegeum (奚琴) and guzheng (古筝) to be written over the Chinese New Year…

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…and a short piece for Xia YuYan, who will premiere it at the CHIME Conference this May in Lisbon.


Conference, new works

The Guardian ran a nice preview article on the Women in the Creative Arts conference taking place at ANU in two weeks here.  Looking forward to exchanging ideas and listening to new music!

I recently finished up a new percussion solo for Yongyun Zhang (excerpt below) that she’ll be premiering in late November in Cincinnati.  Since then I’ve been putting down notes for a few new collaborations with sheng and recorder, respectively.

Rainforest thoughts 

I’m in Australia for two months before moving back to Beijing in late August. It’s been busy working on several new projects and a presentation I’ll be giving at ANU in Canberra next month, but lovely to meet new people, hear new music, and have the time and space to write.