List of Compositions

Orchestra/Large Ensemble

Arrow of Time (2016) sinfonietta

Ripple Effect (2013) sinfonietta; (2015) full orchestra

Terra Firma (2011) jazz ensemble

Daydreams (2010) wind ensemble

Undercurrent (2010) sinfonietta

Sunrise From a Distant Past (2007) full orchestra

Concerto for Orchestra (2006) full orchestra

Seaching the Constellations (2006) full orchestra

Chamber, Solo & Duo

Snapshots (2017) alto saxophone and bassoon

Reenactment (2017) gayageum and electronics

Crosscurrents (2016) shamisen and violin

Doublethink (2015) saxophone quartet

Iridescence (2015) solo piano

Conversations in the Garden (2015) viola, guitar, piano, sound installation

City of Imagination (2015) erhu, dizi, yangqin, sheng, pipa, guzheng

Taepyeongga (2014) ajaeng, ob. guit. pno. perc.

Of the Moon (2014) shakuhachi and koto

The Distance of the Moon (2014) shakuhachi, koto, and string quartet

Vanishing Act (2013-14) vln, piano, perc.

Secret Dimension (2013) cl, vln, vc, piano

A Glimpse of a Reflection (2013) guzheng and electronics

Trade Winds (2012) flute and piano

Across the Open Sky (2012) 2 violins, cello

Neon Flicker (2012) duo

Piano Trio (2012) violin, cello, piano

Palpitations (2011) alto saxophone solo

Afterimage (2011) cello solo

Parallel Divergence (2011) fl., b. cl., vln., vc., piano

Soliloquy (2010) piano solo

Intermezzo (2010) piano solo

Variations on a Theme by Brahms (2010) ob., c.a., cl., vln., vc.

Stargazing (2010) violin and electronics

Echolocation (2009) saxophone quartet

Event Horizon (2009) string quartet

Impromptu (2008) violin and piano

Automata (2008) piano solo

Sarcasms (2008) alto saxophone and piano

Toccata (2007) violin and piano

Delights and Shadows (2007) bass voice and piano

Recurrency (2007) cello octet

Imprints (2006) 2 pianos

Pins and Needles (2006) fl., cl., vln., vla., vc., piano

Sounds and Shapes (2004) fl., cl., vln., vc., piano, percussion

 

City of Imagination (2015)

for erhu, dizi, yangqin, sheng, pipa, guzheng

duration: 8 minutes

Listen:

Performers: Lo Sze-wang, Wong Chi-chung, Pan Ya-sze, Yu Wing-ka, Frederick Lau, Yi-Chieh Lai

Performance History

Feb. 21&22, 2015: Chinese Music Virtuosi, Orvis Auditorium, HI

 

Program Notes

One of the enjoyable aspects of being a composer is having opportunities to write music for musicians from faraway places whom I have never met before. I often try to envision the musicians playing my work as I write my composition, so by the time I am finished with the piece, it almost feels like I know them intimately. This divide between reality and imagination is one that composers have to navigate with every piece, but with City of Imagination, this issue became more pertinent than usual because not only was I writing for musicians that I had not worked with before, I was also writing for six Chinese instruments, five of which I had never written for before. This seemed like a daunting task at first (How is this passage going to sound? Is this even passage playable?), but as the piece progressed, my imagination conflated with reality to create a musical world (or a "city") that made me feel like I had been writing for these instruments for a long time. Am I slightly delusional? Quite possibly, but where would the fun be without a little of that?

This piece was written for the Chinese Music Virtuosi.