Today is the first day of the year of the horse. What better time to reflect on the past year! I have grown to really appreciate my life in Houston. My days have been filled with music, dance, students, friends, and kind colleagues. No drama! I even started volunteering regularly at Mia’s school and orchestra. For my sanity, now I only work six days a week, leaving one free day each week for volunteering and rehearsing with my lovely duet parter Jessica Myers. Our piano duet is currently planning our exciting debut recital of mostly French music.
A few projects are on the horizon: I have two commissions that I am scheduled to complete this year. Two performances of my works are set to take place in Houston and one premiere in Paris this spring. These opportunities knocked on my door, and I was grateful to be in a position to accept these invitations. Thank you all! I look forward to another fabulous year ahead.
Composition Currents of Inevitable Convergence (2012) for large chamber ensemble and digital audio will receive its world premiere, performed by members of the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra.
“Voice of the New and Brilliant” Concert
Recital Hall of the NTSO
Fusao Kajima, conductor
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I have just won my second commission from the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra for new work Currents of Inevitable Convergence for chamber orchestra and computer music. Commissions won two years in a row! I have kept pretty quiet about this recent commission simply because it was a two-phased competitive process. After the initial selection in the spring of 2012, I embarked on this large-scale composition. The work was completed at the end of 2012, and was sent off for a second round judging. The piece came out on top as one of six compositions winning the commission.
The NTSO was looking to commission chamber works, and I decided to use the maximum instrumentation allowed: string quintet, woodwind quintet, tuba, 2 percussionists, and computer. I deliberately wanted to write a piece that showcases the artistry of the conductor. This has been an ongoing focus of my larger ensemble works, partly because I am a conductor myself. After seeing how successfully conductor Fusao Kajima performed winning works in 2011, I knew immediately I would love for him to conduct my music if I win another commission from the NTSO. He is a passionate musician with impeccable skills, who can bring out all the nuances in a new piece of music. It will be an honor for me to work with Mr. Kajima for the premiere of this new work.
Here is a video of my percussion duet Before Sunrise from the premiere by the very talented Ling Sun and Kunihiko Komori. Turn your speakers volume up for best result.
National Recital Hall, Taipei, Taiwan. 12/04/2012
Ling Sun, vibraphone
Kunihiko Komori, marimba
Check back soon for updates on my latest commissioned work for Taiwanese percussionist Ling Sun 孫綾 and Japanese marimbist Kunihiko Komori 小森邦彥. Duet Before Sunrise is written for vibraphone and marimba and is expected to have its premiere in Taiwan, December 2012.
I have recently become involved as the composer in this wonderful team of documentary filmmakers. These episodes show empowering and empowered women on PBS.org. How cool is that!
To see the documentaries my team has made, called Women & Girls Lead, go to http://www.onesquaremile.tv/1sqMile/WGL.html.
My piano trio Blue Mirror, Green Mirror, Red Mirror 三思 is the first piece in the collection. Also featured on the discs are composers Wei-Chieh Lin 林煒傑, Fang-Wei Luo 羅芳偉, Chihchun Chi-sun Lee 李志純, Tsung-jen Hsieh 謝宗仁, Yi-De Chen 陳以德, Ling-Huei Tsai 蔡淩蕙, and Yu-Chun Chien 簡宇君. Thanks to the Council for Cultural Affairs of Taiwan and the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra for making this release possible.
Daniel and I have been working on a new video work titled “Houston Duet”. This will officially be our fourth collaboration together. We are branching out to include actors in our videos. The occasion for the premiere is on the Centerpieces concert series for our former professor Phil Winsor’s retirement celebration.
Merrill Ellis Intermedia Theater
University of North Texas
Electroacoustic composition Spacious Void will be premiered as part of the Jean Gebser Society Conference at Rice University. Also on the program are interactive computer music works by Dave Gedosh, Chapman Welch, and Daniel Zajicek.
Miner Lounge, RMC, Rice University