My mixed choir piece, “A Pair of Wing” from The Flight Log, will be performed at Zhongzheng Auditorium of Taipei Zhongshan Hall (Taipei, Taiwan) on November 13 (at 7:30pm) by TCO Chorus (Taipei Chinese Orchestra Chorus) with the conductor Li-Fen Chen and pianist Hsin-Jung Hsieh. It is a great pleasure for me to have this live performance with audiences in the concert hall during the period of COVID-19 pandemic (or post pandemic period). This song is mainly about the situation when the one feels discouraged and tries to be encouraged by wings of song. Hope the music could have power to let us face the unexpected challenge in the future during this serious time.
On October 9, 2021 (at 8pm UTC+8 via Zoom), I will have a talk on the topic “Motivations and Materials of Saxophone Compositions” at the International Composers Symposium 2021, held by University of Malaya, National Band Directors Association of Malaysia (NBDAM) and the Japan Foundation, Kuala Lumpur. As one of the featured composers, I will present two of my saxophone pieces, Cave Railroad for solo alto saxophone and Dream Landscapes for saxophone quartet. If interested, please register by scanning the QR code on the individual poster or click this link (https://bit.ly/3ndgiYs). Thank you!
Finally, Contemporary Chinese Art SongsVol. 6 has been published by Mercury Publishing House this week (January 18, 2021). This book includes five of my songs, Aria, Drunken Moon Lake, Taiwan Sugar Museum Qiaotou, Nuannuan, and Start of Spring, commissioned by Association of Vocal Artists of R.O.C. You can purchase this book on Mercury Publishing House official website and books.com.tw in the following links. Thank you!
It is my pleasure to accept the commission from Association of Vocal Artists, R.O.C. I have composed five Chinese art songs for this commission. There are Aria for high voice and piano, Drunken Moon Lake for high voice and piano, Taiwan Sugar Museum, Qiaotou for medium voice and piano, Nuannuan for medium voice and piano, and Start of Spring for high voice and piano. The poems of the first four songs are from the poet Chen Li’s Island/ Country, and the poem of the last song is from the poet Xiang Yang’s Seasons. I would like to thank Mr. Chen Li and Mr. Xiang Yang for their kindly allowing me to compose these songs based on their poems.
These five songs will be received their premiere performance at 7:30pm on November 21 at the National Recital Hall in Taipei, Taiwan in “Our Poets Our Songs” Concert. It is also my pleasure to work with my fantastic singers, Fang-Yu Lin, Ya-Ping Hsu, Ting-Yu Fang, and pianist Yen-I Lee. I will be back to Taiwan for attending this concert as well from November 19 to 24. If you have time, please come the concert for supporting me and Association of Vocal Artists, R.O.C. Thank you very much!
The Distant Mountain (2019)
for High Voice, Cello and Piano
Commissioned by Yu Jung Bae
September 20, 2019
Ensemble Yeon: “Old and New”
Voxman Music Building Concert Hall, School of Music, University of Iowa, IA, USA
Yu Jung Bae, soprano; Yoo-Jung Chang, cello; Minji Kwon, piano
August 31, 2018
Break Through – Camerata Youth String Orchestra Annual Concert
Experimental Theatre, Cultural Centre, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tony Li-Tung Tsao conducts Camerata Youth String Orchestra
My Five Bagatelles for Piano and String Quartet will receive its third performance at 8pm on April 30, 2019. It will be performed in the gala night concert of University of Malaya First International Music Collegiate Workshop and Seminar cooperated with National Taiwan Normal University. The venue is Experimental Theatre, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Free Admission! Being alumni of NTNU and current music lecturer of UM, this cooperation might have certain meanings for me to witness my music growing. Five Bagatelles, one of my important pieces, is commissioned by Performance 20/20 of the Hartt School, and the winner piece of the Washington International Competition for Composition in 2012. Prior performances were at the Berkman Recital Hall of the Hartt School and the Terrace Theater of Kennedy Center. Thank the talent musicians from NTNU to work together with me for this piece. I am looking forward this piece travelling from the United States to getting its Malaysia premiere.
January 11, 2018
Lecture Recital, International Conference of Performing and Visual Arts
Bilik Seminar 1, Cultural Centre, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Jin Hin Yap, tenor; Feng-Hsu Lee, piano
Walking on the Falling Leaves and Snow (2011)
for Alto Saxophone and Piano
I. Autumn Snow
II. Autumn Leaves
Commissioned by Chih-Huan Wu
December 15, 2016
2016 Asian Saxophone Congress
Concert Hall, National Chiayi Univeristy, Chiayi, Taiwan
(One of selected pieces in the semi-final round, the senior division of ASC International Competition 2016)
April 28, 2017
Arthur Ting-Hua Liang Performer Diploma Recital
Sweeney Hall, Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University Bloomington, Bloomington, IN
Arthur Ting-Hua Liang, alto saxophone; Theresa Leung, piano