Commission: Ding Yi Music Company
Duration: 6 minutes
Premiere: September 3 2017 | Ding Yi Music Company and Fantasia Quartet | Singapore
Performance: October 20 2018| Chai Found Music Workshop | Taipei, Taiwan (alternate instrumentation)
Instrumentation: Chinese chamber octet (高音笙 gaoyin sheng, 琵琶 pipa, 中阮 zhongruan, 大阮 daruan, 古筝 guzheng, 打击乐 percussion, 高胡 gaohu, 二/中胡 erhu/zhonghu) and woodwind quintet (flute, clarinet, oboe, horn, bassoon)
Alternate Instrumentation: 高音笙 gaoyin sheng, 琵琶 pipa, 古筝 guzheng, flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, two violin, viola, cello
resonate/勤 has a bilingual name due in part to the confluence of Eastern and Western musical intricacies and intuition, most obviously rooted in its mixed instrumentation. The work is focused on exploring and expanding the physical and musical realms of which resonance of the instruments can be developed.
In the ten years between the two pieces I have written for Ding Yi Music Company, I have worked hard to dig deep into my Singaporean, Teochew, and Peranakan heritages through the lens of my Western musical training. I hope that this second work shows a deeper confluence of these sensibilities.