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Nanyin, Water Silk Road

commissioned by the National Center for the Performing Arts, Beijing

for didgeridoo and orchestra

"in dreams, pasts and futures can be one and the same; in music, dreams come true."

ephemerae

dedicated to Anna Lee, and the Re Foundation
inspired by Fujian nanyin (南音)

for violin solo and ensemble

"the soloist-narrator guides us around an utopia. billowing folds obscure the paradise from view."

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Concerto

commissioned by the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University

for yangqin and cello ensemble

"the yangqin came from Persia. it has been a 'Chinese' instrument for only four centuries."


ORCHESTRAL

Nanyin, Water Silk Road (2015) | 9'
commissioned by the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing
finalist in the 2016 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers' Awards
didgeridoo, orch. (3d1, 2, 2+bass, 2 - 4, 3, 3, 1, timp, 4perc, hp, didg solo, str)

04 / 2018: Flora Sinfonieorchester, cond. Thomas Jung | Cologne, Germany
05 / 2017: Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, cond. Tan Dun | Shanghai, China
03 / 2016: Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, cond. Kristo Kondakci | Boston, MA
02 / 2016: Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, cond. Tan Dun | Melbourne, Australia
12 / 2015: National Center for the Performing Arts Symphony Orchestra, cond. Tan Dun | Beijing, China

Europa (2015) | 8'
winner of the 2015 Harvard Bach Society Composition Competition
orch. (2, 2, 2, 2 - 2, 2, 2, 1perc, pno/hp, str)

05 / 2015: Harvard Bach Society Orchestra, cond. Sam Wu | Cambridge, MA

TEA (2014) | 18'
commissioned by the River Charles Ensemble
pno., orch. (2, 2, 2, 2 - 2, 2, 1, timp, 2perc, pno solo, str)

11 / 2014: River Charles Ensemble, pno. Cherie Hu | Cambridge, MA

The Last of the Steppes (2014) | 40'
commissioned by the 2014 Shanghai International Arts Festival
Mongolian ensemble, orch. (2d1, 2, 2, 2 - 4, 3, 2, 1, timp, 2perc, hp, Mong ens, str)

10 / 2014: Anda Union, Shanghai Conservatory Youth Orchestra, cond. Xiao'ou Zhao | Shanghai, China

Triptych (2014) | 13'
commissioned by the Brattle Street Chamber Players
vlcl. obbligato, str.

11 / 2014: Brattle Street Chamber Players, vlcl. Audrey Chen | Cambridge, MA

Centennial Celebrations (2012) | 6'
commissioned by the Shanghai American School, celebrating their 100th birthday
SATB, orch. (2, 2, 2+bass, 2ax - 2, 1, euph, 1, timp, 2perc, pno, SATB, str)

09 / 2012: Shanghai American School Symphony and Chorus | Shanghai, China
 

WIND ENSEMBLE

Taklamakan Desires (2014) | 5'
commissioned by the Harvard Wind Ensemble
bsn. solo, wind ens. (bsn solo, 2, 1, 3, 4sax, 2, 1, 2, bar, 1, 2perc)

04 / 2014: Harvard Wind Ensemble, cond. Mark Olson | Cambridge, MA

Dancing with Dreams (2012) | 4'
wind ens. (2, 1, 2+bass, 3sax, 3, 1, 1, 1, db, pno, 5perc)

11 / 2013: Harvard Wind Ensemble, cond. Mark Olson | Cambridge, MA
 

CHORAL

Teasdale Songs (2016) | 7'
Texts by Sara Teasdale (1884-1933)
for the Antioch Chamber Ensemble
SATB

09 / 2017: Antioch Chamber Ensemble, cond. Joshua Copeland | New York, NY
11 / 2016: Antioch Chamber Ensemble, cond. Joshua Copeland | Cambridge, MA
08 / 2016: EAMA Chorale, cond. Mark Shapiro | Paris, France

peking opera on a spaceship (2016) | 3'
SATB, org.

05 / 2016: Harvard University Choir, cond. Sam Wu | Cambridge, MA

Sheng Sheng Man (2015) | 5'
Text by Li Qingzhao (1084-1151)
SSAA, pno.

06 / 2016: Radcliffe Choral Society, cond. Andy Clark | Jakarta, Indonesia

Narnian Soliloquy (2012) | 5'
Text by Benjamin Xiong (1994-)
SATB, str., pno.

06 / 2016: AMAC Orchestra and Chorus, cond. Alexandre Delgado | Lisbon, Portugal
05 / 2013: Shanghai American School Symphony and Chorus, cond. Karolina Pek | Shanghai, China
 

CHAMBER

ephemerae (2017) | 15'
dedicated to Anna Lee and the Re Foundation
inspired by Fujian nanyin (南音)
summa cum laude senior thesis at Harvard University
vln-sop. solo, fl., cl., mar., vla., vlcl.

04 / 2017: vln-sop. Anna JiEun Lee, Harvard-NEC Mixed Ensemble | Cambridge, MA

...the end of snow is nirvana (2017) | 5'
commissioned by Joseph Ehrenpreis
8-str. gtr.

05 / 2017: 8-str. gtr. Joseph Ehrenpreis | Osaka, Japan
04 / 2017: 8-str. gtr. Joseph Ehrenpreis | Hong Kong, China

Concerto (2016) | 15'
commissioned by the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University
yangqin, 5 vlcl. or str.

01 / 2017: yangqin Zhu Fanqiong, Shanghai Baroque Chamber Orchestra, cond. Sam Wu | Shanghai, China
09 / 2016: yangqin Reylon Yount, Harvard-NEC Cello Ensemble, cond. Sam Wu | Cambridge, MA

ancient voices, when dreaming (2016) | 10'
commissioned by the Sydney University Confucius Institute
pipashakuhachi

07 / 2016: pipa Wu Man, shakuhachi Riley Lee | Sydney, Australia

Three Poems (2016) | 7'
Texts by Su Shi (1037-1101)
for New Music on the Point
fl., sop., gtr.

06 / 2016: fl. Margaret Lancaster, sop. Kerry Holahan, gtr. Joseph Ehrenpreis | Lake Dunmour, VT

Gestures from the Jin Dynasty Court (2016) | 6'
honorable mention in the Ensemble Ibis Composition Competition
Pierrot

03 / 2016: Callithumpian Consort | Cambridge, MA

Passacaglia, en pointe (2015) | 6'
commissioned by the Sydney University Confucius Institute
erhu, str. qt.

09 / 2015: erhu Tan Wei, Sydney Conservatorium players | Canberra, Australia
09 / 2015: erhu Tan Wei, Sydney Conservatorium players | Sydney, Australia

Tree of Life (2015) | 8'
pno., live painter

05 / 2015: pno. Chuhan Zhang, live painter Wa Liu; Harvard Arts First Festival | Cambridge, MA
04 / 2015: pno. Chuhan Zhang, live painter Wa Liu | New Haven, CT

Callisto (2014) | 8'
fl., cl., vlcl.

02 / 2014: Juventas Ensemble | Cambridge, MA

dancing shadows in an ice cave (2013) | 5'
co-commissioned by the Princeton Pianists' Ensemble and the Harvard College Piano Society
5 pno.

02 / 2014: Princeton Pianists' Ensemble | Princeton, NJ

dolphin song (2013) | 25'
commissioned by the 2013 Shanghai International Arts Festival
finalist in the 2014 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers' Awards
fl., pno. qt., perc.

10 / 2016: Harvard-NEC ensemble, Fairbank Center 60th Anniversary Gala | Cambridge, MA
10 / 2015: Harvard-NEC ensemble, FDR Foundation "Beyond Tomorrow" Conference | Cambridge, MA
01 / 2015: Harvard-NEC-Princeton-Juilliard ensemble at Asia Society | New York, NY
06 / 2014: Shanghai Conservatory-Yale ensemble on National Geographic | Shanghai, China
10 / 2013: Shanghai Conservatory ensemble on Shanghai International Arts Festival | Shanghai, China

Typhoon Days (2012) | 10'
commissioned by the Trio Fiori
fl., vln., pno.

06 / 2013: Trio Fiori | Ann Arbor, MI
11 / 2014: Trio Fiori | Detroit, MI
 

ELECTRONIC

when once you taste flight (2015) | 9'
fixed media

05 / 2015: HYDRA-Lab Orchestra | Boston, MA
 

INCIDENTAL

Passacaglia (2015) | 5'
commissioned by the Harvard Ballet Company
vlcl., hp.

05 / 2015: Harvard Ballet Company on Harvard Arts First Festival | Cambridge, MA

Incidental Music for Pericles (2014) | 11'
commissioned by the Hyperion Shakespeare Company
fl., str. trio

11 / 2014: Hyperion Shakespeare Company | Cambridge, MA


FILM SCORE

That I Wake (2016) | 20'
dir. Daniel Citron
a virtual reality animation
 

ARRANGING

Racing Horses (2013) | 3'
orch. (2, 2, 2, 2 - 4, 3, 3, 1, timp, 3perc, hp, str)

12 / 2013: Shanghai Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, cond. Tsung Yeh | Shanghai, China
04 / 2013: China National Symphony Orchestra, cond. Tan Dun | Beijing, China
02 / 2013: Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, cond. Tan Dun | Melbourne, Australia

Fantasia on Themes from Xinjiang (2014) | 4'
Xinjiang soloist, orch. (2+picc, 2, 2, 2 - 4, 3, 3, 1, timp, 2perc, solo, hp, str)

10 / 2014: Xi'an Symphony Orchestra, solo Alimjan, cond. Tan Dun | Xi'an, China
11 / 2014: Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, solo Alimjan, cond. Tan Dun | Guangzhou, China

Love Under the Blue Sky (2014) | 4'
orch. (2, 2, 2, 2 - 2, 2, timp, 1perc, hp, str)

01 / 2016: Moscow Chamber Orchestra | Shanghai, China
01 / 2015: Italian Philharmonic Orchestra | Shanghai, China

Themes from How to Train Your Dragon (2014) | 6'
2 pno.

04 / 2014: Princeton Pianists' Ensemble | Princeton, NJ