Under the Darkening Sky for chamber ensemble, composed in 2020, is a commissioned work by Sharing Chamber Orchestra. In that year which this piece was composed, a whole world was facing the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic, and it was a huge impact for the performing arts. Although Taiwan has a better situation at that time, compared with other countries, lots of events for performing arts were still cancelled as well as the one of Sharing Chamber Orchestra.
I am glad to know that Under the Darkening Sky will have it premiere after two years. It seems everything is going to be back to the normal now although the COVID-19 cases are still very high. Under the Darkening Sky is a piece describing a scene that people seek for the light and hope in the future when facing the difficulties.
Thanks for Sharing Chamber Orchestra’s hard work to make the premiere of this piece possible. Two concerts will take place in Yunlin, Taiwan. On October 15 (at 2:30pm), it will be at Chiahu Performance Hall of Beigang Cultural Center; on October 16 (at 2:30pm), it will be at Yunlin Performance Hall in Douliou. Douliou is also my hometown, and it is my pleasure to see my piece will be back to there to be performed. For more information, please refer to the poster below, and please come to the concerts to support Sharing Chamber Orchestra. Thank you!
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!
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.
My latest piece, Rivers of the Ocean for high voice, alto saxophone and piano, was premiered in Paris (Henri Selmer Showroom) on September 30 and received the second performance in Bordeaux (Conservatoire de Bordeaux Jacques Thibaud) on October 2 as a part of concerts in Semaine des Cultures Étrangères 2015 (The Week of Foreign Cultures 2015) in France. In this video, it is presenting the concerts and conferences held by Centre culturel de Taïwan à Paris (Cultural Center of Paris to Taiwan) during Semaine des Cultures Étrangères 2015.
My Phantasy for oboe and English horn will get its 14th performance at 1pm on August 18, 2015. It will be performed in the “ADRA The Wind from Asia” concert of IDRS (International Double Reed Society) 2015 Conference. The venus is Small Hall in the Arts Building of National Olympus Memorial Youth Center (3-1 Yoyogi Kamizono-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 151-0052, Japan). Thank Oboe Duo Agosto (Ling-Fei Kang and Charles Huang) for bringing this piece to Tokyo and thank Prof. Rong-Yi Liu to make this performance possible. I really appreciate and I am very much looking forward to it!!
我爲雙簧管與英國管譜寫的《幻想曲》在2015年8月18日下午1點將要迎向他14次的演出，這首曲子將會於2015年國際雙簧協會研討會的「亞洲雙簧協會亞洲風」音樂會中演出。音樂會地點在國立奧林匹克紀念青少年總合中心（東京都渋谷区代々木神園町3-1）的文化棟小演奏廳。謝謝 Oboe Duo Agosto 帶著這個曲子到日本東京，也謝謝劉榮義老師讓這個曲子有演出的機會。非常謝謝你們，我也很期待這次在日本東京的演出。
I am very thrilled that after 12 performances in the United States and Thailand my Phantasy for oboe and English horn will get its 13th performance on June 7, and at this time it will be the first time to be performed in my home country, Taiwan. I use a Taiwanese aboriginal (Atayal) tune in this piece, and at this time it will be back to the familiar place, which this original tune is sang and heard.
Thank Oboe Duo Agosto for bringing this piece to their concert in Taiwan. The concert will be at 3pm on June 7, and the venue is Bratsche Arts Center in Hsinchu, Taiwan. Admission free!!! Oboe Duo Agosto will also give a masterclass before the concert at 1pm on the same day and in the same venue. Please come to the concert for the 13th performance of my Phantasy, and support the very wonderful Oboe Duo Agosto. Thank you very much!
I am honored that Allison Balcetis, the saxophone professor of University of Alberta, will bring my The Voice of Children for solo baritone saxophone for her Taiwan tour concerts. These three concerts will feature the saxophone works, especially those are written by Taiwanese composers and inspired by the eastern music, in the artist exchange with the Taiwanese saxophonist Po-Yuan Ku. Except concerts, Allison Balcetis will also give two masterclasses in Taichung and Tainan. More information in details as followed:
Allison Balcetis – Taiwan Artistic Exchange with Po-Yuan Ku
7:30pm, May 26 – Concert at KHS ProShop in Taipei
2pm, May 28 – Masterclass at Music Department of National Tainan University (D205)
6:30pm, May 28 – Concert at Concert Hall of Tainan University of Technology (S502)
1pm, May 29 – Masterclass at Music Department of Tainan University of Technology (T104)
7:30pm, May 29 – Concert at Concert Hall of National Taichung University of Education
Feng-Hsu Lee: The Voice of Children
Chien-Nien Chen: Jasmine Flower
André Ribeiro: Linha de sombra
Christian Lauba: Adria
and two improvisations based on the Chinese traditional Nan-Yin and Nan-Guan music
All the concerts and masterclasses are admission free!!! If you are near the area and have free time, please come to the concerts for supporting Allison Balcetis, Po-Yuan Ku, and me. Thank you very much!