This is coming up as part of the UCSD Springfest, featuring my work Triumvir (2009) for solo violin, to be performed by the wonderful Batya MacAdam-Somers.
This is coming up as part of the UCSD Springfest, featuring my work Triumvir (2009) for solo violin, to be performed by the wonderful Batya MacAdam-Somers.

' The real reason why human life can be so utterly exasperating and frustrating is not because there are facts called death, pain, fear, or hunger. The madness of the thing is that when such facts are present, we circle, buzz, writhe, and whirl, trying to get the “I” out of the experience. We pretend that we are amoebas, and try to protect ourselves from life by splitting in two. Sanity, wholeness, and integration lie in the realization that we are not divided, that man and his present experience are one, and that no separate “I” or mind can be found.

To understand music, you must listen to it. But so long as you are thinking, “I am listening to this music,” you are not listening.

To put it still more plainly: the desire for security and the feeling of insecurity are the same thing. To hold your breath is to lose your breath. A society based on the quest for security is nothing but a breath-retention contest in which everyone is as taut as a drum and as purple as a beet.

-From Alan Watts, The Wisdom of Insecurity

my latest piece, written for the UCSD winter jury 2014.

Double bass : Matt Kline, Kyle Motl
Soprano: Kirsten Wiest

Recorded at UCSD Conrad Prebys Music Centre

27th of January, 2014

Source SoundCloud / Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh

recently completed a new piece for soprano voice and two double basses, to be premiered on the 27th of January as part of the UCSD winter jury. Can’t wait to work closely with my awesome colleagues Kirsten Wiest, Matt Kline and Kyle Motl to bring this piece to life :)

Ern Malley Songs, Settings of The Darkening Ecliptic by University of Melbourne composers

My piece ‘Colloquy with John Keats' (2008), based on the Ern Malley poem of the same title, is now available via Lyrebird Press as part of the compilation featuring many UoM composers.

a little official blurb:

Compiled and edited by Johanna Selleck

Song settings of the poetry of “Ern Malley” (James McAuley and Harold Stewart) by twenty-four composers associated, as staff or students, with the University of Melbourne, with a foreword by Stuart Greenbaum.

The composers represented in the volume are: Katy Abbott, Lorenzo Alvaro, Andrew Batterham, Brenton Broadstock, Barry Conyngham, Mark Elliott, Stuart Greenbaum, Elliott Gyger, David Howell, Raelene Howell, Annie Hsieh, William Hughes, Stephen Ingham, Linda Kouvaras, Christine McCombe, Sonoko Nishio, Andrián Pertout, Kevin Purcell, Johanna Selleck, Timothy Shawcross, Peter Tahourdin, Antonio Tenace, Adrian Vincent and Julian Yu.’

copies are somewhat limited, but can be purchased here if get in quick.

Just in case one should wonder, Who is Ern Malley?

A new interpretation, a refreshed perspective

Received the recording of a recent performance of Icy Disintegration (2010) by the Melbourne-based Arcko Symphonic Ensemble yesterday and it was absolutely off the charts, in the most spectacularly indulgent way.

This group of exceptional performers, many of whom are my friends and collaborators from home, under the fearless leadership of conductor Tim Philips, executed the piece with the finest precision and captivating intensity.

Being at 2 minutes longer than any of its previous performances (as  prescribed by the tempo and duration indications), this slower version, to my surprise, created perhaps the grandest presentation of all the performance since its premiere almost 4 years ago (Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Metropolis Festival 2010, cond. Bramwell Tovey).

I am so extremely grateful to have my music performed by musicians of this caliber, they not only allowed me to rediscover the piece for myself, but above all, to be inspired by their unparalleled musicianship and dedication to performing new music.

Bravo, Arcko, thanks for everything, looking forward to more to come :)

Also, I’m so thrilled to learn that this track will be featured in the upcoming release of an ‘Arcko Live’ album.

Watch this space for more info soon! :)

Last performance of 2013

and we’re here again!

my piece Shades of Silence (2012) for soprano voice, horn and cello will be performed at the 2013 Music Taiwan concert series.

End of quarter madness is swinging into full speed for the next couple of weeks, hence very sad to not being able to make it (again). But if you are around town, and keen, please come and check out the series featuring wonderful works by local Taiwanese composers!

14th of December (Sat)

7:30 pm

Soochow University (東吳大學)

Song-Yi auditorium (松怡廳)


Greetings from (almost-always sunny) Southern California x