RECORDING PROJECT PROPOSAL
Chen Yi: Ba Ban (1999)
Ba Ban (1999) demonstrates how Chen Yi synthesize pentatonic folk materials with chromaticism and serialism, and take reference from the compositional structure of Ba Ban, a pentatonic melodic template, or “mother tune”, for hundreds of traditional Chinese melodies.
Live recording from recital "Chinese Contemporary Composers"
2017 Oct 23, 12:30 pm
Monday Oasis Concert Series, Chung Chi Chapel, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Chen Yi: Ji-Dong-Nuo (2005)
Ji-Dong-Nuo (2005) was inspired by a folk ballad of Yao ethic people, drawing some pitch material from the folk tune while keeping the characteristics of the girl and the style of Chinese traditional instrumental performance. It demonstrates how Chen Yi evoke Chinese folk style without explicit musical borrowing.
Rehearsal recording for lecture-recital "A New Voice of Chinese-Western Syncretism: The Solo Piano Works of Chen Yi"
2013 August 3, 1:00 pm
International Conference of Feminist Theory and Music: New Voices in New Millennium, Wellin Hall, Hamilton College, USA
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Zhou Long: Pianogongs (2007) for piano and two Chinese Opera gongs
Pianogongs (2007) illustrates how Zhou Long create a new texture by putting two seemingly incompatible instruments together. He carefully transplants Beijing Opera percussion playing technique onto the piano to match with various sound effects of the gongs.
Live recording from Piano Extravanganza Concert
2018 October 5, 7:30 pm
Memphis International Piano Festival and Competition
Harris Concert Hall, University of Memphis, USA
George Tsontakis: Three Sighs, Three Variations (1981)
Three Sighs, Three Variations was composed during a seven-month stay in Rome, where Tsontakis was a student at L’Accademia di Santa Cecilia. They were meant to be musical postcards, never mailed, but imagined to be sent to friends back home. The tiny pieces, composed of short, but expressive gestures, are light in weight, but dark in color. They are truly sighs, which reflect brief pangs felt by a young visitor far from the familiar surroundings of home, shortened and softened by the idyllic breadth and gentle spirit of the host country.