Live Concert

Pianist Humay Gasimzade gave an online concert last weekend:

The full program was:

Turkar Gasimzada: Dhikr for piano and live electronics (2016)
Ben Damann: The Baby Duck in You Has Died for piano and electronics (2020)
Ka Hei Cheng: The Engulfing Turbulence for piano and electronics (2020) – premiere
Julius Eastman: Piano II- 2nd movement (1986)
Rachel Walker: Fú’ōu (2016)
Brian Ferneyhough: Lemma Icon Epigram (1981)

Photos from Departure Duo premiere

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.


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.

Window into Nanyin Instruments

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: