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!
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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
Duration: 6 minutes
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.
Fantasy Pieces (2018)
for Viola and Piano
II. Song without Words
III. Night Flight
Commissioned by I-Chia Tseng
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
Duration: 13 minutes
Night Song (2010)
for High Voice and Piano
Commissioned by Wei-Tsung Fu
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
Duration: 8 minutes
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
Duration: 12 minutes
for Solo Piano
Commissioned by Mohamed Shams
Selected work in the 34th Asian Composers League Conference and Festival in Hanoi, Vietnam (2016)
October 16, 2016
The 34th Asian Composers League (ACL) Conference and Festival
Small Concert Hall, Vietnam National Academy of Music, Hanoi, Vietnam
Đào Trọng Tuyên, piano
Duration: 7 minutes
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.
Although the blizzard “Juno” will impact the northeast side of America tomorrow (January 27), there will be four concerts performing my pieces in Iceland and Taiwan this week. I am thrilled that my latest piece, Four Miniatures for Oboe and Clarinet, will have its Iceland tour this week. It will be a debut of my piece in Iceland as well as a part of concerts of Foot in the Door Contemporary Ensemble of the Hartt School. The Iceland tour of my piece is including three concerts, Mengi at Reykjavík on 9pm January 28, Gullkistan at Laugaravatn on 12pm January 30, and Sunnlenska Bókakaffið at Selfoss on 5:30pm January 30. Thank oboist Ling-Chun Yeh and clarinetist Alexander Kollias for bringing this piece to Iceland.
On 6pm January 31, Taipei Century Choir and conductor Li-Fen Chen will perform my piece, The Flight Log for Mixed Chorus and Piano, again at the National Palace Museum in Taipei, Taiwan. Free Admission! If you have free time, please come to the concerts for supporting the musicians, singers and me. Thank you very much!
I will set off to Japan tomorrow (October 31) for participating in the 32nd Asian Composers League Festival and Conference (ACL Festival). The first part of the 32nd ACL Festival will take place in Yokohama from November 1st to 4th, and the second part will take place in Tokyo from November 5th to 7th. My piece, Unbearable Pain and Watery Eyes for violin, percussion and piano, will be performed in the Sakura Hall of Shibuya Cultural Center Owada in the second chamber music concert of ACL Festival at 2pm on November 5th. It will be the second performance of this piece; in the meantime, it will be a Japan debut of my piece. I am very much looking forward to it.
By the way, my On the Island for high voice and piano will be performed in Academia Sinica (Taipei, Taiwan) at 2pm on November 1. Admission Free! If you have free time, please support me for these two events no matter you are in Tokyo or Taipei. Thank you!