June 2, 2015
In the past two months I have been traveling, resting, comtenplating, writing, painting, and practicing. I am beginning to practice intensively for the summer program, and I am getting ready to leave to Seoul to attend the Korean traditional music workshop in National Gugak Center. I am so looking forward.
Here is my most recent and very first oil painting: " Primavera"
March 30, 2015
This is my most resent painting from 2 weeks ago. Water color blended with crayon on canvas.
I ended my performance high season yesterday with Danish premiere of Pierluigi Billone's "Mani.Matta " in Jazzhouse, Copenhagen. For me, this piece is like a very spontaneous painting with difference size of brushes with mostly dark colors, with some yellow surprises.
I really look forward to enjoy the upcoming Easter holiday. I look forward to days of reflections too. I will have a performance break for the next 2 month.
March 18th, 2015
I am practicing very intensively these days...I am preparing for my debut in Jazz House in Copenhagen on March 29.
I am going to make the Danish premiere of Pierluiggi Billone's " Mani.Matta." It is such a masterpiece- the notation, the spirit, the creativity, and the depth.... I saw Christian Dierstein perform this piece in Impuls Festival in 2011...it made such an deep impression in me, that I decided that I must perform this work one day.
Even though it is very difficult to play, I very much enjoy the new coordination that my body has learned so far.
I very much look forward to next Saturday's performance.
February 2, 2015
My performanc with Danish National Vocal Ensemble last Sunday will be transmitted to DR P2 4 times this year, and first transmission will be Feb. 3, at 19:20. You can also download the radio program from here.
January 24, 2015
Happy New Year everyone! I know, I know.... I have not updated my website for a long time, even though a lot has been going on in the past month in Taiwan. Well, it not too late to share with you what I have learned.
On December 19th, I gave a full percussion solo recital with only contemporary music in Forum Auditorium, Taipei, with 4 Taiwanese premiers. I played works by Mette Nielsen, Anders Monrad, Jeppe Just Christiansen, Pierluiggi Billone, and Iannis Xenakis. A lot of people told me that this kinds of program would scare the audience away, but I didn't believe it, and I didn't want to put the audiences down, even before I begin. I wanted to do an experiment- if I am completely honest, how would the audience recieve me?
I have been questioning about the culture of putting an unpersonal, official biography on the program. Usually the biography stresses about the education and the prize of the performer, which, in my opinion, has very little to do ith the essence concert and the performer itself. So, instead of an official CV, I wrote a personal introduction about myself, my vision for contemporary music, and why it is interesting for me. I also wrote the program note as first person, not the third person.
I sensed that the seperation between me and the audience disappeared already from the second piece of the concert. I spoke between each piece, guiding the audiences with images and stories. I sensed that the audiences were no longer left along by the performer.
Even though I was extremely tired because of the lack of sleep during that period, my message went through.
On Jan.9 and 10, I played as percussion soloist with Taiwan National Symphony Orchestra. It has been a very big honor, and my experiences confirms me again and again, that a musician only has to serve music during the rehearsals and performance, nothing more. There is no need to be a star, a diva...absolutely no need. I actually can't do it.
It was also delightful to see the audiences' reaction on Regin Petersons new work " If I Had A Hammer," which was Taiwanese premiere. The idea was so clear and creative, that even 10 year old and 90 year old could understand it.
Anders Koppel's marimba concerto No.1 was also a success.
That is what I would share for now.
August 17, 2014
Impression of Darmstadt workshop:
Impression of Darmstadt workshop:
And 2 pictures of us trying to learn Korean shaman music:)