Winner of nonclassical's 2019 Battle of the Bands
Courtesy of nonclassical
From nonclassical: "'After a couple of minutes, everyone in the room just stopped,' says Jessica Cottis. 'I think we were really drawn into this visceral world of colour. It was very special.' Reylon performed a new work by composer Alex Ho, entitled Rituals and Resonances, which grew out of Alex’s desire to explore stories of the Chinese diaspora and the paradoxical sense of nostalgia one may feel for a place they did not grow up in. The performance was outstanding, leaving both the audiences and judges speechless and earning him top place at this year’s Battle of the Bands."
Introducing Tangram: the artist collective creating and curating new Chinese music
Together, Reylon, Alex Ho (composer), Beibei Wang (percussion), and Daniel Shao (flute) have formed Tangram, an artist collective creating and curating new Chinese music. As artists from various backgrounds, they share a common desire to tell stories of the Chinese diaspora. Their work includes reinterpreting traditional repertoire, presenting pieces influenced by Chinese culture, and exploring new soundscapes with Chinese instruments. Their projects begin with reflections on our personal experiences and extend to broader considerations of the complexities of cross-cultural existence.
Recording of Alex Ho's "Rituals and Resonances" at Abbey Road Studios
In February 2018, Reylon recorded a new work for yangqin by composer Alex Ho, "Rituals and Resonances" at Abbey Road Studios. The piece grapples with the tenuousness of identity, abstractions of heritage, and nostalgia for a home one's never lived in.
Faculty member at inaugural Youth Music Culture Guangdong conference
In January 2017, Reylon served as a faculty member at the inaugural Youth Music Culture Guangdong conference in Guangzhou. He coached 80 participants in folk music arrangement, improvisation, and storytelling through performance.
Sold-out debut of new Chinese music collective, Tangram, at LSO St. Luke's
Courtesy of Cheng Yu
As winners of the Chinese Arts Now 2018 Artist Development Bursary, Tangram performed a programme centred upon the theme of "diaspora" at LSO St Luke’s on 25th January, 2019, as part of the Chinese Arts Now Festival in London. Following on from a set by Belle Chen, they performed for a sold-out audience and received an enthusiastic response from the crowd.
Featured artist on Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble's GRAMMY Award-winning album
Reylon is featured on the Silk Road Ensemble's Grammy Award-winning album "Sing Me Home," available on Amazon and iTunes. The album explores the ever-changing idea of home through original and traditional folk tunes.
Recording of Sam Wu's Concerto for Yangqin and Cello Ensemble
In October 2016, Reylon played this contemporary concerto composed by Sam Wu, alongside five talented cellists: Audrey Chen, Sophie Applbaum, John Lee, Ryan Song, and Brian Zhao.
Performance at TED 2016 with Rhiannon Giddens and the Silk Road Ensemble
At TED 2016 in Vancouver, Reylon reconvened with the Silk Road Ensemble and Rhiannon Giddens to perform "St. James Infirmary Blues".