Sharing Chamber Orchestra Concert 2022

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!

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Sing a Triumphal Marching Song – TCO Chorus Concert

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.

Ticket Information: Sing a Triumphal Marching Song – TCO Chorus Concert

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International Composers Symposium 2021

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!

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Our Poets Our Songs Concert

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!

Ticket Information: 你的歌我來唱系列 9~我們的詩人,我們的歌

Our Poets Our Songs Concert 2019 Poster
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The Distant Mountain

The Distant Mountain (2019)
for High Voice, Cello and Piano

Commissioned by Yu Jung Bae

World Premiere:
September 20, 2019
Ensemble Yeon: “Old and New”
Voxman Music Building Concert Hall, School of Music, University of Iowa, IA, USA
Ensemble Yeon:
Yu Jung Bae, soprano; Yoo-Jung Chang, cello; Minji Kwon, piano
Ensemble Yeon Poster
Duration: 6 minutes
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Jig Fantasy

Jig Fantasy (2019)
for String Orchestra

Commissioned by Camerata Youth String Orchestra

World Premiere:
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
Camerata Youth String Orchestra Concert 2019
Duration: 8 minutes
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Five Bagatelles in Kuala Lumpur

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.
University of Malaya First International Music Collegiate Workshop and Seminar Poster
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Fantasy Pieces

Fantasy Pieces (2018)
for Viola and Piano

I. Excursion
II. Song without Words
III. Night Flight

Commissioned by I-Chia Tseng

World Premiere:
April 13, 2018
I-Chia Tseng Viola Recital 2018
Zyxel Auditorium, Arts Center, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan
I-Chia Tseng, viola; Chun-Wei Liu, piano
I-Chia Tseng Viola Recital Poster
Duration: 13 minutes
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Night Song

Night Song (2010)
for High Voice and Piano

Commissioned by Wei-Tsung Fu

World 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
ICPVA

Duration: 8 minutes
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Hualien

Hualien (2015)
for Mixed Chorus

Award: The Merit Award in the Adult Mixed Chorus Category of Taiwan Choral Association Composition Competition (2015)

World Premiere:
December 6, 2015
Winners Concert of Taiwan Choral Association Composition Competition
Concert Hall of Soochow University, Taipei, Taiwan
Li-Fen Chen conducts La Voix d’Azur
TCA Composition Competition Concert Poster

Duration: 5 minutes

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