A little note on ‘Into the Outer’ (2014) - for 13 solo strings

           Sometimes a conceptual inspiration for a musical work serves as the palette for creativity, motivates the materials towards a convincing representation of the idea. In rarer times, this initial spark of excitement alludes to the desire of seeking for a deeper explanation of the idea itself; perhaps through looking into its scientific, philosophical, or metaphysical existence.

            In this instance, the original idea behind this work manifested itself from the notions of  ‘push’ and ‘pull’, into one that enquires into the responses between give and take, will and force, expansion versus contraction, and above all, propagation versus consumption.

            The role of the string quartet in the work is very much the heart to all that proceeds. It is tender, fragile, yet self-contained (and content) and behaving within its self-governing rules. As the piece progresses, this core gets extracted, borrowed and adapted by the outer ensemble; its ideas and behavior gradually propagates, infiltrates into the mass, giving the noise-based larger force the ‘nutrition’ to grow and develop through this process of infusion.

            Many questions for myself arose during the composition of the work. Queries in the identification of ‘core’ and ‘outer’, self and others, persistence and willingness to change became apparent: how do I relate to outer influences, what is to resist and what is to accept? what happens when you let go and adopt the new? and how, do you let go?

            Many questions lingers still after the double bar is crossed, and many more found their ways into my mind. Sometimes, perhaps, the only way for one to make sense of the world, the relationship between self and others, and with ourselves, is through writing it out, out of your system so you can see it clearly, laying it all out out in the open air to breathe, to take form, to be recognized, and to be understood.

                                      Ensemble Configuration

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Will upload the score soon.

happy to have finally completed my first piece for many strings - 13, to be precise! Not to speak metaphorically or anything, but enough sweat and tears have found their ways into the process of getting it over the line.
Note to self: considering adapting a better notational system to minimise the need to customise a trillion details and performance directions. Curiosity sometimes can really, almost drag the cat the floor.
Anyway, satisfaction is beyond what comes to mind at this very moment. Excitement of being back home for the premiere and to work with many musicians whom I’ve admired for so long definitely makes everything worthwhile.
Coming up, performance with Arcko Symphonic Ensemble, 26th of July, Richmond United Church, 7pm.
tix 25/10 via trybooking. 
Very stocked to have my piece programmed with works by Liza Lim and Barry Conyngham.

happy to have finally completed my first piece for many strings - 13, to be precise! Not to speak metaphorically or anything, but enough sweat and tears have found their ways into the process of getting it over the line.

Note to self: considering adapting a better notational system to minimise the need to customise a trillion details and performance directions. Curiosity sometimes can really, almost drag the cat the floor.

Anyway, satisfaction is beyond what comes to mind at this very moment. Excitement of being back home for the premiere and to work with many musicians whom I’ve admired for so long definitely makes everything worthwhile.

Coming up, performance with Arcko Symphonic Ensemble, 26th of July, Richmond United Church, 7pm.

tix 25/10 via trybooking.

Very stocked to have my piece programmed with works by Liza Lim and Barry Conyngham.

Recent, in point form..

  • New work Discourses’ (2014) - for speaker voice and soprano has just been premiered in New York by the fearless composer/singer/curator Viola Yip and the wonderful Charlotte Mundy (soprano). Video/audio will be uploaded soon.

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'just rehearsing what the score asks us to do' Thanks, ladies :)

  • Rules of Attraction (2012) - for string quartet will receive its US premiere on the 21st of June by Momenta Quartet, as part of the Mise-en Festival in New York City.

          Details about the festival and the concert can be found here.

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  • Currently working on a new piece for 13 strings for Arcko symphonic Project, to be premiered in July back home in Melbourne. A blog about the piece will be uploaded soon. Watch this space! (will be seeing you soon, Australia!!)

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Apologies for being brief.. there are also some exciting opportunities in brewing, all shall be revealed in a little while :)

that’s all for now, thanks for visiting!