at Carnegie Hall, Oct. 15, 2000
October 11, 2000 at 8pm
Tradition & New World Sensibilities in Music by Emerging
Suite for Viola and Piano
GI NYOUNG LEE:
Sanjo (NY premiere)
Remembering South River Land (NY premiere)
Bloom (NY premiere)
Beyond the Mountains (NY premiere)
$15 ($12 for Japan Society members and ACO subscribers) and available
at the Japan Society Box Office at 333 East 47th Street, or by phone
lecture with the composers, free to ticket-holders, begins at 7:15pm.
A post-concert dialogue with composers and the audience will follow
Composer P.Q. Phan Offers
New Music by Emerging Asian-American
Wednesday, October 11 at 8pm
at the Japan Society
Works by Dorothy Chang,
Ushio Torikai, Joan Huang, Gi Nyoung Lee, & Kenji Bunch
Composers Orchestra (ACO), in association with the Japan Society,
presents "Pacifia Mix," Wednesday, October 11 at 8pm at The
Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street. "Pacifica Mix"
presents chamber music by a diverse collection of six young
Asian-American composers whose national backgrounds include Japan,
Korea, China and Vietnam. The program includes several New York
premieres with music by Dorothy Chang, Ushio Torikai, Joan Huang, Gi
Nyoung Lee, Kenji Bunch, and P.Q. Phan. The concert is the first in a
pair of performances presented by ACO that explores the fusion of
Asian heritages and new world sensibilities in American music.
exploration of Asian focus continues on Sunday, October 15 at 3pm at
Carnegie Hall, with a program that includes the world premiere of
P.Q. Phan's When the Worlds Mixed and Times Merged, as well as music
by Melissa Hui, Lou Harrison, and Chinary Ung.)
for "Pacifica Mix" was conceived by Vietnamese-American
composer P.Q. Phan, who serves as ACO's Music Alive
Composer-in-Residence this fall. Phan emigrated to the U.S. in 1982
after six months in a Vietnamese jail cell for his political beliefs.
Largely self-taught as a composer, Phan now teaches composition at
Indiana University's School of Music at Bloomington, and last year
won a coveted Prix de Rome. He has had works commissioned by the
Kronos Quartet (three times), the Cleveland Chamber Symphony,
Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble and others. Phan first came to ACO's
attention six years ago, through the orchestra's annual new music
reading sessions, which give emerging composers a first opportunity
to work with a professional orchestra and to hear their compositions performed.
Alive Composer-in-Residence program is an initiative of the American
Symphony Orchestra League and Meet the Composer that has placed eight
composers in residencies with orchestras around the country this
year. During his Music Alive residency with the ACO, Mr. Phan will
participate in a variety of educational, outreach, and performance
activities that are part of ACO's yearlong exploration of new
Americans in music: Coming to America: Immigrant Sounds/Immigrant Voices.
'Pacifica Mix' program consists of composers living across the
United States with diverse geographical, cultural, and environmental
backgrounds," say Phan. "Some are originally from Asia and
currently reside in the U.S., others are American-born, but were
raised in an 'Asian' environment. Each has a unique artistic approach
involving cultural integration between their ethnic origins and their
living environments," he adds.
Mix" opens with Suite for Viola and Piano, a work by
violist/composer Kenji Bunch that exploits the "extreme ranges
and virtuosi possibilities" of the viola. Suite for Viola and
Piano was commissioned by Young Concert Artists and premiered at New
York's 92nd Street Y and Washington's Kennedy Center in 1999. A
founding member of the recently acclaimed Flux Quartet, Mr. Bunch,
who is of Japanese parentage, grew up in Oregon and studied viola and
composition at Juilliard.
began her musical studies on piano and violin before studying the
traditional Japanese instruments, koto and shamisen. Ms. Torikai's
compositions vary widely, employing traditional instruments from the
East and West, as well as Western choral groups, Buddhist monks and
the electronic laboratory at IRCAM in Paris. Her piece Air 4 for solo
flute will be performed.
composer Gi Nyoung Lee's Sanjo for solo viola, is influenced by the
traditional Korean solo music genre, Sanjo. While reminiscent of
traditional rhythms and melodies, the work remains free and
expressive and consists of sections based on progressively faster
rhythms. Mr. Lee was born in Seoul in 1968 and is currently a
doctoral student in composition at Indiana University in Bloomington.
After an early
start studying music in China, Joan Huang's musical education was
interrupted by the Cultural Revolution of Mao Tse-Tung, during which
she spent three years on a farm doing hard manual labor and being
"re-educated." After the Cultural Revolution Ms. Huang
entered the Shanghai Conservatory. In 1986 she came to America to
continue her musical education. She received a PhD from UCLA in 1991
and has had her works performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and
the Cleveland Chamber Symphony among others. Ms. Huang is represented
on this program by Remembering South River Land for piano trio, in
its New York premiere.
Chang's Bloom, a work that according to Chang, "addresses the
concept of creation and transformation," also receives its New
York premiere. Ms. Chang, who was born in 1970 and is currently a
Visiting Lecturer of Composition at the Indiana University School of
Music, likes to weave into her compositions elements of her varied
interests in electronic music, traditional Chinese music and music in
concludes with P.Q. Phan's Beyond the Mountains, a work for clarinet,
violin, cello and piano, which seeks to explore such facets of life
as religious beliefs, philosophical practices, and social
behaviors-those cultural aspects that are often distanced from
cognitive recognition by the individual, but which greatly impact all
individuals' lives. According to Phan, the piece reflects
"conflicts and reinforcements between what is near to the
individual and that which in folk stories is thought to exist,
'beyond the mountains.'"
support of the American Composers Orchestra is from Alliance Capital
Management L.P., Mr. Thomas Buckner, the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable
Trust, Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, Booth Ferris Foundation,
Citigroup Foundation, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Jean and
Louis Dreyfus Foundation, Fidelity Foundation, Horace W. Goldsmith
Foundation, The Greenwall Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation,
J.P. Morgan & Co., Virgil Thomson Foundation, and the Helen F.
Whitaker Fund. ACO programs are also made possible with public funds
from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council
on the Arts, a state agency, and the New York City Department of
Cultural Affairs. The residency of composer P.Q. Phan is made
possible through Music Alive, a program of the American Symphony
Orchestra League and Meet The Composer. This national program is
designed to provide orchestras with resources and tools to support
their presentation of new music to the public and build support for
new music within their institutions. Funding for Music Alive is
provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the John S. and James L.
Knight Foundation, and The Aaron Copland Fund for Music. ACO's
"Coming to America: Immigrant Sounds/Immigrant Voices"
project is supported by the Animating Democracy Initiative, a program
of Americans for the Arts funded by the Ford Foundation.
Society Fall 2000 performances are made possible in part by The Starr
Foundation, the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Endowment Fund, and with
public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency.