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
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.
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!