I spent the day at the Sprengel Museum with Autumn, brainstorming over our new work for Beiguan ensemble and electronics which will premiere there in November of this year.
A few photos from pianist Judith Goetze’s performance of 浮沤 (2016) during the Tage Neuer Musik Regensburg 2020:
A few photos from Juxtatonal‘s performance of Reverberations last night in Cincinnati:
A few months ago, I finished a new work for soprano and double bass with text by poet Eleanor Goodman. Departure Duo had commissioned the work, and gave several performances last month in New York and Boston — they are ideal collaborators and were so attentive to the world of the piece.
A few photos from our performances of Ebb and flow this month in Qingdao and in Beijing:
A photo with Xia Yuyan and Zhang Yongyun while recording Ebb and flow yesterday afternoon:
And a few photos from time spent researching suona 唢呐 late last week with performer Hou Yan Qiu, in preparation for a project with electronics next year:
I visited Heidelberg last week to catch Xia Yuyan’s concert with Jiang Shaofeng at the opening of the CHIME Collection:
It was wonderful to see/hear them both in Germany and also to discuss with Yuyan drafts for our upcoming nanpa/percussion collaboration for September.
I am back from a busy month in China, where I was carrying out research in preparation for upcoming works.
I spent time learning about Nanpa 南琶 from Xia Yuyan for a future piece…
…as well as with Wang Meng, learning more about Nanxiao 南箫 (pictured) and shakuhachi (尺八, 尺六):
I also spent a few days in Hangzhou researching Sanxian 三弦 for a separate project with Professor Chen Jingjing at the Zhejiang Conservatory:
Sylvia Hinz will give the premiere of my alto recorder work this June in Columbia. More information here.
A few photos and the accompanying notes from the premiere of my recent work for two speaking percussionists, performed this past week by Yongyun Zhang & Xinyi Zheng:
“In the furnace, she casts herself as an iron nail…
An Iron Nail 铁钉 explores the poetry of Zheng Xiaoqiong 郑小琼 (b. 1980), a former migrant worker who left Sichuan Province to enter the factories in Guangdong Province. At age twenty-one, she began to write about her experiences. Her poems offer a window into the lives of and conditions faced by factory workers.
When I visited Xiaoqiong in May 2018, she took me to Dongguan to listen to the sounds of the factories firsthand. Every factory sounds unique: a plastic factory, a hardware factory, an electronics factory…
“Little by little gathering rust,
Little by little swallowing her up…
This work is dedicated to Zhang Yongyun and to Zheng Xiaoqiong.
April 2019, Beijing.