32nd Asian Composers League Festival and Conference

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!

Asian Composers League

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Taipei Century Choir Concerts

The Flight Log for Mixed Chorus and Piano will reprise twice in Taiwan, one is in Changhua on September 21 and another one is in National Concert Hall in Taipei on October 1. I am excited that finally Taipei Century Choir will perform this piece which was commissioned by them, and especially thank the conductor Li-Fen Chen for making these two performances possible. In the meantime, Taipei Century Choir will premiere a new work of Hui-Ni Chang, Rain, Dew, Frost and Snow, in the same concerts. The Flight Log will be the last piece in the concerts and this is a piece using three different flying objects, stars, a kite and wings, to describe three different stories of chasing a dream. Please be there for supporting Taipei Century Choir and me, and you will fly with my words, my notes and the power of live concerts. Thank you.

2:30pm, September 21 28, 2014 at Yuanlin Performance Hall, Changhua, Taiwan
7:30pm, October 1, 2014 at National Concert Hall, Taipei, Taiwan
Taipei Century Choir Concert
Li-Fen Chen conducts Taipei Century Choir
I-Ta Wang, piano
Ticket: Taipei Century Choir Concert
[Update (9/20)] The concert on September 21 has postponed to September 28 due to the typhoon “Fung-Wong”.

Taipei Century Choir Poster
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A Farewell Song

A Farewell Song (2014)
for Trombone, Percussion and Piano

Commissioned by Performance 20/20 of the Hartt School

Instrumentation of Percussion:
Vibraphone, 5 Roto-Toms (Bb, eb, ab, bb, e1), 4 Nipple Gongs (eb, ab, a, b), Rainstick, Glass Wind Chimes, Glass Bottle.

World Premiere:
March 30, 2014
Performance 20/20 Prism Concert
Berkman Recital Hall, The Hartt School, West Hartford, CT
Matthew Russo, trombone; Jianpeng Feng, percussion; Shuangning Liu, piano

Duration: 8 minutes
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The Flight Log

The Flight Log (2005)
for Mixed Chorus and Piano

I.  Stars of Night
II. Bright Blue Sky
III. A Pair of Wings

Commissioned by Taipei Century Choir

World Premiere:
December 11, 2013
TNC Taiwanese Choral Works
National Recital Hall, Taipei, Taiwan
Chun-Chiang Chiu conducts Taiwan National Choir
Shih-Hsing Lin, piano
TNC Taiwanese Choral Works Concert

Duration: 11 minutes
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TNC Taiwanese Choral Works Concert

I was back to Taiwan for the winter break on December 7, and I am glad that I am able to come back earlier before the end of the fall semester to listen to the premiere performance of my choral piece The Flight Log for mixed chorus and piano. I composed this piece in 2005 (eight years ago), and finally it will get the premiere opportunity on December 11, 2013. Thank the conductor Li-Fen Chen to make the premiere performance possible. Thank Taiwan National Choir and the conductor Chun-Chiang Chiu for willing to learn this piece and perform it in National Recital Hall. It makes me feel grateful that such a dusty piece in my bookshelf is going to reborn and become a real sound to the world; in the meanwhile, I am checking the oneself I have been before and grabbing the precious memories through my music. I am looking forward to it!

7:30pm, December 11, 2013
TNC Taiwanese Choral Works
National Recital Hall, Taipei, Taiwan
Chun-Chiang Chiu conducts Taiwan National Choir
Shih-Hsing Lin, piano
Flight Log Cover
ArtsTicket.com: TNC Taiwanese Choral Works

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YouTube Video of Unbearable Pain and Watery Eyes

I received an email from Dr. James Ogburn, project manager of Thailand International Composition Festival 2012 (TICF) and also Chair of composition and theory at the Mahidol University College of Music, last Friday. He did lots of effort putting videos of every premiere piece in TICF on YouTube, including my piece. Thank James! By watching these videos it made me recall those days staying in Bangkok and in TICF. It was a wonderful experience to me. Although some problems occurred in rehearsing my piece, I still figured out the Thai musicians did their good job learning such a difficult piece in a very short time.

The video is a live premiere performance of my piece, Unbearable Pain and Watery Eyes for violin, percussion and piano, at the music auditorium (MACM Hall) of the Mahidol University on July 14, 2012. This piece is in memory of my beloved father. During the performance, I cannot help that my eyes became watery. After the performance, the musicians forgot to invite me to be on stage for showing I am the composer of this piece. But I really do not care for this. Somehow it seems that I saw my father bowing on the stage for me. I love my father forever!

For more information of this piece, please click this link: Unbearable Pain and Watery Eyes.

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