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Piano Works of the Chinese Diaspora - Lecture-Recital by Kiu Tung POON

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Program

CHEN Yi (1953-)    Ba Ban (1999) for solo piano
ZHOU Long (1953-)      Pianogongs (2006) for piano and two Chinese opera gongs
LIANG Lei (1972-) The moon is following us (2015) for piano solo
TAN Dun(1957-)   Selections from Eight Memories in Watercolor (1978/2002)
 

Abstract

Since the 40s, three “waves” of Chinese composers have gone to the West to study contemporary music. Many of them found the need to rediscover their cultural roots as a source of inspiration for their creative works. Syncretizing Chinese and Western sonic attributes was a solution for these composers: in the context of Ba Ban, one of the most widespread Chinese traditional compositions, CHEN Yi juxtaposed a pentatonic folk tune with her chromatic melody and turned to serialism; ZHOU Long mixed percussive piano sound with two Chinese gongs to create Beijing opera-inspired atonal sonority in his Pianogongs; LIANG Lei reinterpreted a Qinghai folksong and set the pitch materials in the contemporary avant-garde fashion; TAN Dun transformed Hunan folk songs into Romantic miniatures in his Eight Memories in Watercolor. How did these composers integrate two distinctive musical languages? What do they mean to the performers? How do they influence one’s interpretative choice? With reference to the original folk materials, composers’ writings, along with analytical observations on the pitch selection, Kiu Tung POON draw attention to the composers’ distinctive ways of expressing their cultural roots in contemporary Western settings and attempt to make an interpretative response to this syncretism of musical cultures.    
 

Artist/ Speaker Biography - Kiu Tung POON

Young Steinway Artist Kiu Tung POON appeared as recitalist and collaborative pianist on concert stages in the US, Germany, Vienna, France, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Macau, and Mainland China. International music festival appearances include Tanglewood and Aspen in the US, Great Wall in Beijing, and Le French May in Hong Kong. Her performances were broadcasted on RTHK Radio 4, Austin’s KMFA, and Teledifusão de Macau among others. As an advocate of new music, she was privileged to work with today’s foremost American composers including George Tsontakis and Dan Welcher, and has premièred with the Penderecki Quartet among others. Her recent interest in Chinese-Western syncretism in music and contemporary Chinese composers resulted in numerous lecture-recitals and performances in the US, Asia, and Europe. Her world première of Mark Morris/Samuel Barber’s Excursions with Mark Morris Dance Group in the Tanglewood Music Festival received enthusiastic review by critics writing for The New York Times and Boston Phoenix.

Graduated from the Indiana University Bloomington and the University of Texas at Austin with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance, her principal mentors were Cheng Wai, Jean-Louis Haguenauer, Gabriel Kwok, and Anton Nel. She has also worked with Michel Béroff, Claude Frank, Jean-François Heisser, John O’Conor, Garrick Ohlsson, John Perry, and Manahem Pressler during summers. She currently teaches at The Chinese University of Hong Kong as a lecturer in performance and serves as the performance stream coordinator in the Department of Music. More information available at www.kiutung.com.


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Language: English

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Free admission
All are welcome
No admission under the age of 6
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Presented by the HKUST Center for the Arts