"A Walk to the Cliff" is a yangqin solo that I composed in 2011. It's a programmatic piece interpreting the Claude Monet's 1882 painting, "The Cliff Walk at Pourville," through contour, color, and texture. Borrowing its form from traditional Chinese music, the piece depicts an imagined story behind the painting: a wistful awakening, a precarious climb, and a peaceful arrival.
"The Conversation" is an electroacoustic piece I composed for a class with Hans Tutschku. It attempts to evoke the frictions and illuminating resonances that emerge in conversation. All of the sounds you hear are original recordings, including samples of real conversations, that I captured and then processed using Pro Tools. Best listened to with headphones.
Covers and Improvisation
"Melpomene" is an electronic song by Rudi Zygadlo that I transcribed by ear and arranged for yangqin and an acoustic ensemble called Emerge. This was a collaboration that brought me together with musicians from western classical and jazz backgrounds for the Harvard ARTS FIRST festival in April 2016. Laila Smith (vocals), Alex Graff (guitar), Sumire Hirotsuru (violin), Andrée Werner (cello), and Ian Askew (cajón) of Emerge adapted their own parts.
"Paper Hearts" is a song by singer-songwriter Tori Kelly that I covered with my friend, Alika Keene, in July, 2016.
"Acrobat" is a song by Angel Olsen that my friend, Laila Smith, and I covered at ARTS FIRST in April, 2016. We improvised for a third of the song (1:20-2:45).
"Tone of Color" is an improvisation on yangqin that I played in July, 2016.