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A recital program about Empire/Identity


VENUES: The Aix-en-Provence Festival (2021), Hugo Wolf Akademie Stuttgart (2022), LIFE Victoria Festival Barcelona (2022), Heidelberg Frühling (2023), Aldeburgh Festival (TBA)


CONCEPT: A program that explores diverse perspectives of our colonial history through music and poetry of the last hundred and fifty years. Thematically, these songs are about the search for identity at the height of Empire. Some songs are about a dominant power imposing an identity where it doesn't belong; others convey the struggles of oppressed voices trying to find their way.


REPERTOIRE: Mahler, Kurt Weill, Ilse Weber, Schönberg, Chen Yi, Ruth Crawford Seeger, Teodoro Varcarcel, Messiaen, Montsalvatge, Kamala Sankaram, Ernesto Lecuona


COMMISSION: Uyghur composer Zubaida Azezi and co-composer Edo Frenkel.



A recital program interweaving Eastern and Western composers


VENUES: Leeds Lieder (2021), Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival (2022), Philadelphia Chamber Music Society (2023), Spivey Hall (2023), Het Concertgebouw (2023)


CONCEPT: A program of "cultural bridges" that interlaces poetry and music by Eastern and Western creators around the motif of home/homeland.


REPERTOIRE: Berg, Brahms, Dvorak, Chen Yi, Charles Ives, Huang Ruo, Fang Man, Mussorgsky, Zubaida Azezi and Alex Ho.


COMMISSIONS: Chinese-American composer Huang Ruo, British-Chinese composer Alex Ho, Uyghur composer Zubaida Azezi and co-composer Edo Frenkel, Chinese-American composer Chen Yi.



A program exploring Asian identity via works in Mandarin, Cantonese, Uyghur, and English


VENUES: Aural Compass Projects (2021), Cincinnati Song Initiative (2021), Arizona Song Series (2022)


CONCEPT: A multi-disciplinary recital program featuring mezzo Fleur Barron, pianist Myra Huang, dancer Lauren Hermann and cellist Coleman Itzkoff that explores what it means to "belong" in different spaces and how one's Asian identity relates to our sense of home, safety and self. Repertoire comprises works by Asian composers and poets.


REPERTOIRE: Chen Yi, Kai-Young Chan, Kamala Sankaram, Bun-Ching Lam, Huang Tzu, Raymond Yiu, Chihchun Lee, Fang Man, Chinese Folksongs 


COMMISSION: a collaboration between Hong Kong Chinese composer Raymond Yiu and Hong Kong poet Mary Jean Chan.