Getting to play some cool chamber music tomorrow: we are premiering a dozen or so of my composition students’ pieces as part of the HKUST Music Alive! concert series. We’ll be performing alongside the chamber music students of pianist Amy Sze and violist Andrew Ling, and joined by violinist Ling Chen and other assorted HKUST music community members. If you’re in Hong Kong, come hear us at the Cheng Yu Tung auditorium at 7:30 PM!
I’ll be giving my second talk as part the HKUST School of Humanities public lecture series today, titled The Recursive Genesis of Bach Counterpoint. I’ll attempt to describe how, underneath the obvious similarities between the music of Bach and his historical predecessors, there’s a more intricate, recursive relationship. The talk — which will include fugues, fractals, and ferns — is at 3 PM, at the Hong Kong Museum of History.
After a week of vocal music in March, the second edition of this year’s Intimacy of Creativity — the IC2017 Chamber Music Festival — began on Monday with artists Zhu Dan, Diemut Poppen, Oliver Triendl, Chad Burrow, the Altius String Quartet, and others performing the works of Guest Composer Marc Satterwhite, Artistic Director Bright Sheng, and four young composer fellows. IC is what brought me to Hong Kong back in 2014, as well, and it’s a pleasure to still be a part of it. Above, a picture from one of our open discussions here on the campus of HKUST.
I had a chance to talk with Harri Kuusisaari of Rondo Classic about making music and teaching in Hong Kong, about the city’s political turmoil, and our upcoming concerts with the Helsyd Piano Trio in Helsinki, Hong Kong, Macau, and Australia, including a joint project with the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, 100 Years of Independent Music. (Online version of the article, in Finnish, is mostly behind a paywall.)
Kirill Kozlovski’s new album Shostakovich in Context has been in the Finnish media these past couple of weeks: in addition to this review on the Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE Radio 1’s Uudet levyt program, and the accompanying article New Finnish music in an interesting context (both in Finnish), in an episode titled Conversations of pairs, the Välilevyjä program played an interesting medley that juxtaposed my 2004 piano suite Toccata with the works of Shostakovich, both from Kirill’s CD as well as from Olli Mustonen’s beautiful 1999 recording of preludes of fugues by Shostakovich and Bach.
This week kicked off Intimacy of Creativity 2017 — the first of two festival weeks this year — here at HKUST. The IC2017 Contemporary Song Festival features Michael Barrett and his ensemble of singers from the New York Festival of Song, alongside other guest artists, performing the works of Guest Composer Judith Weir and Artistic Director Bright Sheng, as well as three young composer fellows. Above, a picture from one of our open discussions, recorded in front of an audience at RTHK Radio’s Studio One earlier today.
Kirill Kozlovski’s new album Shostakovich in Context — which includes some contemporary context from composers Matei Gheorghiu and Mikko Nisula alongside my Toccata from 2004 — just came out on Pilfink Records. It’s available for purchase from Amazon (CD, streaming, or download) and from Pilfink. You can also listen to it on Spotify.