These three weeks had been especially memorable to participate in a performance tour as a composer. We travelled through seven cities, performed at eight different concert halls and presented at five high schools. We talked to high school students about the creative process and the hard work that goes behind music creation and being a composer/musician/artist. The students were exposed to multiple layers of music preparation from the seeds of inspiration to live performances. We also performed and workshopped with local university students and experienced their refined concert halls...ie. the gently reverberant dark woods of Blue Rose Hall at Suntory Hall, or being a part of religious rituals at our temple concerts. What inspires me most are the day-to-day interactions with local people (including taxi drivers & train conductors that regularly helped with luggages), they perform their task with dignity and perfection, never requiring tips nor extra compensation to do a job well; something to be respected. Needless to say, I have not seen a single piece of trash left unattended in Japan, school students are taught to clean and polish their schools and neighborhood everyday.
As this project is sponsored by the U.S. Embassy, foreign countries might be surprised by our cultural diversity! Honestly, America for me with its vast nature, natural resources and seasonal changes, and an education system that emphasizes creativity, inspires the best from each of us in our creative process, no matter what cultural backgrounds we come from.
Thank you again to AANMI for performing my works in every city on this tour, as well as numerous support from local Japanese organizations. Many thanks for the beautiful performances by Boston-based HUB Ensemble and Yo-Yo MaÕs Silk Road Ensemble shakuhachi virtuoso Kojiro Umezaki, along with award-winning conductor Yuga Cohler, on this successful tour.
Also thank you to our traveling videographer/photographer Benedikt Schulte!
- July 2018
|Premiere of The Burning Babe, St. John's Cathedral, Los Angeles, December 13, 2008. Loyola High School Choir under the direction of Steven Speciale|
With singers and musicians from the University of Southern California
A theater production for dance, music, narration and visual projections
Mentored by Martha Clarke
Story and music by Angel Lam
Choreography by Peabody Dance Director Carol Bartlett
Visual projections and stage design by Carol Bartlett and Angel Lam
| Photos from Baltimore Sun
and M.S. Druskin
With mentors Dawn Upshaw and Osvaldo Golijov
|Student workshop: composing for Chinese instruments and combining with western instrument|
|An ensemble performance in class and students reading from the Chinese simplified notation|
|Cathedral Church of Our Lady (Munich, Germany)||Neues Rathaus, Flanders Gothic style new town hall|
|Hellbrunn Palace (Salzburg, Austria)||Hohensalzburg Fortress, overlooking the "city of Mozart"|