Yakusugi Image (2021)—6' 51"
for piano and electronics
Yakusugi Image explores a rainy soundworld.
Written for Kevin Der
Piano: Kevin Der
Electronics: Huijuan Ling
Little Path to Summer (2020)—9' 24"
for piano solo
Little Path to Summer has a rather dreamy and improvisatory quality. This piece, as the title suggests, keeps wandering among the three-note gesture that opens the piece and its variants.
Commissioned by Jixue Yang
Premiered by Jixue Yang
The below is as the above, And the above as the below (2020)—7' 48"
for violoncello solo
I encountered the title of this piece while reading a book on alchemy and mysticism. The book points out that alchemists were always ready to bring out twelve ideas, one of which reads: “The below is as the above, and the above as the below, to perfect the wonders of the One.” I find this phrase to be quite inspiring in the context of writing a piece of solo music, because the concept of “below” and “above” can map onto instrumental registers quite nicely while being represented on one instrument.
The below is as the above, And the above as the below progresses mainly in a linear fashion, in which it starts hanging softly high above, in a narrow intervallic span, then goes lower and lower, louder and louder, while the intervallic span expands wider and wider
Premiered by Ashley Walters
Diagonal Swing (2019)—4' 39"
for violin solo
Diagonal Swing is inspired by a weird story I heard at the end of September this year: one of my past teachers, one day, on his drive back home somehow sensed the upcoming danger at an intersection, so he decided to stop several feet away from the intersection while waiting for a stoplight. This turned out to be a brilliant decision: a couple of seconds later, a car driving by a drunk driver swung out of nowhere, and if my teacher had stopped at the intersection instead of several feet away from it, he would have been hit by the car for sure. This story was jokingly titled “Diagonal Drunk Driver” later, and the driver’s swing is the inspiration of this piece.
Premiered by Kate Dreyfuss
Shades of E (2019)—7' 47"
for piano solo
Shades of E explores various possibilities of the note E. There are three movements: Rattling E, Repeated E, and Muffled E. Shades of E is written for and dedicated to pianist Gloria Cheng; may she find the same playful joy in this piece as I did.
Premiered by Gloria Cheng
Overlooking View (rev. 2018)—8' 34"
for piano solo
“Overlooking View” is inspired by a discussion of flying and floating in the first episode of anime Kara no Kyōkai (Boundary of Emptiness).
Commissioned by Julan Wang
Performed by Kara Huber
Lang Tao Sha (2016)—6'34"
浪淘沙 · 帘外雨潺潺
For soprano and live electronics
Collaborated with Zhixin Xu
Soprano: Mengchun Yang
Live electronics: Zhixin Xu
Paradoxical Archetype (2016)—7'
for harpsichord solo
The aim of this piece is to integrate a fugue into alternating
characteristic harpsichord and percussive textures.
Performed by Huijuan Ling
Scattered Refrain: I Can't Fly To The Moon (2015)—4'4"
for guitar solo
This piece was written for CCM 24 hours Composer's Challenge.
Performed by Neil Beckmann