Angel's News

AANMI Japan Tour 2018

Nijojo Castle, with Kyoto Mayor Kadokawa

Kyushu National Museum

Pastoral Hall, Iwakuni, with Hiroshima University musicians and faculty

High School visit in Yanai, Japan

Suntory Hall, Blue Rose Hall, Tokyo

Theater Row, New York
Lost in Shanghai A play with music
Pan Asian Repertory Theatre

Songs and Scenes Lost in Shanghai
Bridging the Gap Series
National Sawdust Theatre, Brooklyn

MOCA (Museum of Chinese American, New York)
Performing songs from Lost in Shanghai
hosted by Bloomberg News

Lost in Shanghai
Pan Asian Repertory Theatre, New York
Staged Reading Showcase

The Chrysanthemum Vow
for shakuhachi, koto, voice and cello
Tenri Cultural Institute New York

Photos by Eric Carlson

Of days and nights
Dance Theater for Live music with Narration
Hong Kong and Shanghai tour 2014
30th Anniversary Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts

New Album Release
Audio Network, Inc.
Japanese Intrigue

Featured BLOG

Premiere of Color of the Mind
For Original Film and Symphonic Band
Interlochen Center for the Arts

15th Anniversary Concert of Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma
Carnegie Hall
Final Bow Standing Ovation

Peabody Dance 100th Anniversary
Dear Mother for Live Music and Dance

Sculptural Artworks by Visual Artist Pat Alexander

The Tank Theater, New York City
Ghost Wife
Solo Performances

Hanging artworks by visual artist Catherine Lan
inspired by 19th c Sai Kwan mansions in Ghost Wife

Her Thousand Years Dance
University of California Irvine Symphony Orchestra

June Lovers
A Musical Story

Posters at Metro Stations Around the City

Articles on June Lovers:

U Magazine

Wen Wei Po            Sing Tao Daily

Ming Pao Weekly

Hong Kong Economic Times


Music from Copland House Ensemble
West coast tour 2018 with commission work Fragrance of the Sea
Fullerton Friends of Music, Los Angeles and Chamber Music Monterey Bay
October 28 - November 3, 2018
Co-commission work featuring exciting Boston-based ensemble Hub New Music
Tenri Cultural Institute, New York City
Blue Sage Center for the Arts, Colorado
February - March 2019

Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund and Musica Del Cuore
Commission work for live music and dance
In the open atrium of 3 Garden Road, Hong Kong
December 2019
AANMI Japan Tour (Asia/ America New Music Institute)

June 10-23, 2018
Sponsored by a generous grant from the United States Embassy and several local Japanese organizations

Her Thousand Years Dance, for solo shakuhachi, solo cello and chamber orchestra
and Red Peony Sky, for Hub New Music quartet

Featuring virtuoso shakuhachi player Kojiro Umezaki, conducted by Yuga Cohler,
and Hub New Music Ensemble

Touring 7 cities:

Suntory Hall, Tokyo
Nijo Castle, Kyoto
Kyoto National Museum, Kyoto
National Museum, Fukuoka
Hiroshima University Sataka Hall
Ryusenji, Oita
Pastoral Hall, Iwakuni


Lost in Shanghai
A Play with Music
Written and composed by Angel Lam

Staged performances May-June 2017

410 W. 42nd St., New York

Queens, New York

Readings Open to Public, May 2016
Bruce Mitchell Room
520 8th Avenue, New York
Featuring actors/ singers Paulina Yeung, Eric Elizaga, Mandarin Wu, Fenton Li, Marcus Guy,
Dinh James Doan, Xiaoqing Zhang and Briana Sakamoto Tipp

Aaron Copland House Music Commission
August and September 2017
Salt Bay ChamberFest, Maine, August 2017
Music at Copland House 2017-18 season, New York premiere in September 2017
Bridging the Gap, curated by Robert Sirota
June 4, 2017
Performances and panel discussion with music critic Steve Smith
and former dean and mentor Robert Sirota
National Sawdust Theatre, Brooklyn

Presenting Songs from Lost in Shanghai
Museum of Chinese American (MOCA), New York
Concert hosted and sponsored by Bloomberg News
May 24, 2016
See press Event poster and details

Composer for Off-Broadway play A Dream of Red Pavilions
Performance begins January 23 through February 14, 2016.
Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row, 410 W. 42nd St. New York

See press PLAYBILL "A Dream of Red Pavilions Opens in NY Today"

Tenri Cultural Institute, New York premiere
Kyo-Shin-An Arts commission a new work for shakuhachi, koto, voice and cello
Premiered by guest shakuhachi master Akihito Obama from Japan and
NYC-based DUO YUMENO by Yoko Reikano Kimura (koto and voice) and Hikaru Tamaki (cello)
November 21, 2015

A work-in-progress
Performance Reading at Pan Asia Repertory Theater, New York
Performing an excerpt of her musical play, "work-in-progress"
April 4 and December 14, 2015

Dear Mother... live music for dance premiere
A Centennial Celebration for Peabody Dance of the Peabody Institute
Dance theater with live music, inspired by three mother-daughter stories
March 2015
Original music by Angel Lam
Choreographed by Constance Dinapoli
Visual Art by Pat Alexander
Costumes by Kurina Sohn

MATA Festival Gala Honoring Robert Sirota and Steve Smith
As Robert Sirota's former student I'm honored to be a part of this Gala Concert by MATA Festival, at the Tibet House in NYC
November 2014
Contributing a performance of Diary from 1942...for violin and pipa with sound track
Special thanks to very talented musicians for their participation: Zhou Yi on Pipa and Cheho Lam on Violin

Of Days and Nights live music for dance premiere
Dance theater with live music and narration, inspired by a story from 1942
Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts

Hong Kong and Shanghai tour, May-June 2014
Music and narration by Angel Lam
Choreographed by Australian choreographer John Utans and Chinese choreographer Sheng Pei-Qi,
Department of Contemporary Dance and Chinese Dance at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts

Memories from my Previous Lives for orchestra, premieres in Chicago
Performed by The Northwest Symphony, conducted by Kim Diehnelt, with an introduction by the composer,
and pre-concert talk with the composer and conductor. January 2014

New Album Release
Japanese Intrigue
published by global music group Audio Networks

"delicate yet powerful music, Japanese instrumental performances" See featured BLOG

Album 2014

New work Color of the Mind
For symphonic winds and film

In collaboration with the Interlochen Center for the Arts symphonic band director Dr. Matthew Schlomer and filmmaker Mida Chu, the project is to create a new music composition and a short film, based on true events from the composer's childhood.

(photo on the right) A young girl seeking impressionist painting lessons,
inspired by Vincent van Gogh

Check out the premiere performance HERE
And Film-in-the-making

Silk Road Ensemble and Yo-Yo Ma celebrates 15th Anniversary
At Carnegie Hall and U.S. West Coast and Canada tour 2013

October - November 2013
Check out photos from the Carnegie Hall Stern Auditorium /Perelman Stage concert
and U.S. and Canada West Coast tour

RAVE reviews of Angel's Empty Mountain, Spirit Rain HERE:

Los Angeles Review
San Francisco Review
University of California at Santa Barbara Review
New York Times Review

Ghost Wife Ah-Tze
Storytelling theater work
Original music, story and documentary visual projections
Written and performed by Angel Lam
Original music by Angel Lam
Project website

2012-13 Performances:
HERE Dorothy B. Williams Theater, New York (Soho)
The Tank Theater, New York (near Times Square)
The China Institute of America, New York (Upper East Side)

MOCA - Museum of Chinese in America, New York (Soho)

University of Southern California, Irvine Symphony Orchestra Performance
Her Thousand Years Dance
March 15 and 16, 8 pm, Irvine Barclay Theater
Conducted by Stephen Tucker

Featuring soloist Kojiro Umezaki on shakuhachi and Maggie Parkins on cello
with narration/movements by Angel Lam

Aaron Copland House Award, August-September 2012
Invitation to reside at the Copland House, Aaron Copland's restored, longtime New York home--a historic landmark in the lower Hudson River valley on 3 acres of secluded land.           

Hong Kong Arts Festival 2012, June Lovers《六月戀人》
Premieres February 9-11, 2012, 8pm, Hong Kong City Hall Theater

An evening length musical combining musical theater and operatic styles to tell a moving story of marriage attitudes in metropolitan cities and explores the idea of love in the evolution of the human animal. For six singers and eight musicians.

Featured Press Articles:
Hong Kong Economic Journal
Hong Kong Economic Journal Hong Kong Arts Festival 2012 Festival Program Launch article
U Magazine
Wen Wei Po
Sing Tao Daily
Ming Pao Weekly
Hong Kong Economic Times

Promotional Poster and Film:
June Lovers poster
June Lovers Hong Kong Arts Festival Promo Video

Violinist David Coucheron*
Conductor Perry So #
Six operatic and musical theater singers/actors-actresses Eight instrumental musicians
Stage direction Indy Lee
Set/costume design Yoki Lai


* David Coucheron, born in Norway, is presently the youngest concertmaster of all major U.S. orchestras. He is currently
the concertmaster for Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and a soloist that frequently performs in Europe and the United States.

# Perry So is the associate conductor of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra
and an inaugural Dudamel Conducting Fellows at the Los Angeles Philharmonic
with the kind permission of the Hong Kong Philharmonic to appear in this production

The MacDowell Colony
Awarded the Margaret Lee Crofts Fellow for 2011-2012

Resided at MacDowell in July and August 2011
A quiet time in the countryside of New Hampshire's Monadnock mountain, to write and compose June Lovers
Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund Interview and Filming
Participation in the filming of the corporate video in a publicity program to commensurate the 30th Anniversary of the Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund, and to attend the launching ceremony and roving exhibition in Hong Kong
See short promotional video

See featured interview

Featured interview in Express Weekly Magazine's Jessica Finance "Taste of Life", February 2011
Express Weeky article headline

Solo cello work dedicated to Aldo Parisot
Written for and premiered by cellist Alvin Wong
Yale Sprague Hall on April 10, 2011
To be performed annually by the Aldo Parisot cello studio at Yale University

Peabody Dance "Choreography Showcase 2011"
Collaboration with Peabody Dance to premiere a new work, Mantra
Premieres April 2 and 3, 2011 at Miriam A. Friedberg Hall
Featuring virtuosic Peabody percussionists Georgi Videnov, Terry Sweeney and Kei Maeda

Off the Map CD GRAMMY Nomination
Empty Mountain, Spirit Rain is one of four featured pieces on the Silk Road Ensemble CD "Off the Map"
The CD is nominated for a GRAMMY for Best Classical Crossover Album in 2011

Yaddo Residency Nov 2010 - Jan 2011
Yaddo Artist Colony Residency Fellowship in Saratoga Springs, New York
A quiet time to work on my doctoral thesis and conceptualize a new puppetry composition

Publication of Merry go Round
Hong Kong Arts Development Council publication of Chinese and English choral work Merry go Round

"One of the rare jewels of Southern China is its children's rhyme; this one is my favorite from childhood.
I decided to set this extraordinarily rhyme into melody. It is about discovering the meaning behind the text."

Avignon / New Haven Sister Cities Composition Competition
Winning performance to be held in spring of 2012 in New Haven, Connecticut and Avignon, France (date to be confirmed)           

The Annual Yale Cellos Event directed by Aldo Parisot
The Emperor's Eight Thousand Women Ghosts
April 20, 2010, Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Memorial Hall, Yale University
For 16 cellos and piano
Storyteller: Angel Lam

See New Haven Register featured article

Featured Artist Interview with Best Buy Inc., Creative Minds
Interview and filming of the rehearsal and performance of
In Search of Seasons, performed by the Minnesota Orchestra


Interviews and the Press
Financial Times, The decade the world titled east, by Niall Ferguson, December 28, 2009 See article

"I must send my deepest gratitude to Professor Ferguson of Harvard University.....
The gate of Shan Hai Guan--the most important defensive fortress at the northern border of the Great Wall..." (show story) (hide story)

I must send my deepest gratitude to Professor Ferguson of Harvard University who was so kind to include my name in his article "The Decade the World Tilted East" in Financial Times on Dec 28, 2009.

Mesmerized, that was how Mr. Ferguson described his feelings. This reminded me of a female character in Chinese history that mesmerizes and inspires me, Chen Yuan-yuan.

After the Mongols were driven back to their own territories (the fall of Yuan dynasty), the Middle Kingdom rebuilt their Great Wall. For hundreds of years, those Northern Barbarians could no longer invade the Middle Soil.

Then came a girl. A singer, poet, musician and painter. Her name is Chen Yuan-yuan. She broke the rules. The gate of Shan Hai Guan--the most important defensive fortress at the northern border of the Great Wall, was opened, because of her. The Manchurians came marching in, all the way into the capital Beijing, like going home. The year was 1644.

The Manchurians (Qi-ren, people of Qi clans) had a population of not more than a million, but their counterpart, Middle Kingdom, had 123 million. The Old Empire seemed to be beaten down by a single woman. History blamed Yuan-yuan for the fall of the Empire into foreign hands.

But no, the story has not ended yet; the most fantastic part is still beyond human imagination.

Three hundred and five years later, the Manchurians had completely disappeared from our world. The Manchurians were eaten up by the Middle Kingdom--they lost their languages, words, culture, and even abandoned their surnames.

The Middle Kingdom had doubled in size after Ming dynasty, but official Chinese history don't want to talk about her, because....it is true.

I must send my thanks again. Mr. Ferguson had given me great encouragement. The road sometimes feels like a blind run in the midnight sky. All alone, with a destination that is abstract and difficult to reach.

My mother who came to visit Yale two years ago, cried when she saw my humble living. "It is so convenient to have a small place." I explained. I insisted to burn my youth in a small room where I cook, eat, and compose in the same spot.

His words had strengthened my artistic pursuit and I must work harder and harder.

American Scholar Magazine, June 2009 (interview) See article

Carnegie Hall Playbill, October 2009 (interview) See article

Gramophone North America, October 2009 special edition (interview) See article

American Symphony Magazine, August 2009 (interview)

Cathay Pacific Airline The Club magazine, August 2009 See article

Wen Wei Po (Chinese language newspaper, China / Hong Kong), October 4, 2009 (interview)

Atlanta Journal Constitution, October 2009 (interview) Preview

Atlanta Journal Constitution, October 2009 (interview) Review

Spinner.com Off the Map, October 2009 (interview) See article

Yalie of the Week, Yale Alumni Magazine, October 15, 2009 See article

TimeOut New York, October 2009 (interview) See article

Musical America, Artist of the Month, November 2009 (interview) See article

ConcertoNet.com, November 8, 2009 Review

New York Times, November 9, 2009 Review

Carnegie Hall "Ancient Paths, Modern Voices" Blogs, November 2009 See blogs

Metropolian Opera Guild's Opera News, February 2010, Vol. 74, No. 8 Review

Silk Road Ensemble East Asia tour with Empty Mountain, Spirit Rain, April 2010
Seoul, South Korea
Thailand Cultural Centre, Bangkok, Thailand
Esplanade Concert Hall, Singapore
Macao S.A.R., China
Minnesota Orchestra "Inside Classics"
In Search of Seasons - Autumn
Inside the Classics concerts explore masterpieces inspired by the four seasons March 10-11, 2010

"An entertaining tour of the four seasons...hosted by orchestra violist Sam Bergman and co-hosted by Principal Pops and Presentations Conductor Sarah Hicks,
the Orchestra will perform excerpts from works by Messiaen, Haydn, Tchaikovsky and Angel Lam, an alumna of the Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute."
Hong Kong Arts Festival 2010
Additional movement in Silk Road, Silk Road, written for Kings Harmonica Quintet
Performance: February 26, 2010, Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall

Silk Road, Silk Road
I. Mirage, elevation 12,000 feet
II. Baby camel walk
III. Mirage on the train (new work)

Minnesota Orchestra, November 21, 2009, Future Classics Concert
Performance of In Search of Seasons, for orchestra
Conducted by Music Director Osmo Vänskä

November 17-22, 2009, highlighted by Saturday, November 21's Future Classics Concert
Participation and performance in The Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute

Concert review on Pioneer Press, TwinCities.com

Go to Minnesota Public Radio webpage & review        Play video clips
Commission from Carnegie Hall and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
A new work for cello and orchestra with narration, Awakening from a Disappearing Garden

The world premiere will be given by Yo-Yo Ma and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra,
conducted by Robert Spano in the Atlanta Symphony Center on October 15, 2009.
A second performance will be held on October 16, 2009.
The New York premiere will be given by Yo-Yo Ma, Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall, New York City on November 7, 2009.

Carnegie Hall Event Description and New York Times Season Announcement
Carnegie Hall China Festival press release:   English    Chinese
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's Gallery
CD New Release:  Off the Map, performed by Silk Road Ensemble
Brand new recording of Empty Mountain, Spirit Rain

Released in France, Germany, England Sept-Nov 2009
United States release October 2009

See Off the Map on sale in all major stores

See Spinner.com interview
Performance at Royal Albert Hall, London
Silk Road Ensemble performs Empty Mountain, Spirit Rain
On September 11, 2009, with Live broadcast on BBC Radio 3
Norfolk Chamber Music Festival
A new chamber work to be premiered at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival
Yale Summer Music Festival on July 25, 2009, written for violin, cello and piano
EarShot and Colorado Symphony Orchestra
July 16-17, 2009, Colorado Symphony Orchestra Readings, In Search of Seasons, for orchestra
Conducted by Delta David Gier

On Friday, July 17, 2009, 10am-12:30pm it is open to the public
The Colorado Symphony Orchestra New Music Readings will be held at the Boettcher Concert Hall
At the Denver Performing Arts Complex, 1000 14th Street, Denver, CO
Empty Mountain, Spirit Rain
Silk Road Ensemble North American tour
Symphony Hall, Boston, MA
Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, MI
Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, MN
Thomson Hall, Toronto, Canada

Concert review EDGE Boston - March 10, 2009
Festival of Lessons and Carols at Loyola High, Los Angeles
A new composition for the Lessons and Carols Services to take place at St. John's Cathedral in Los Angeles
Premieres Saturday, December 13, 2008, 8pm St. Johns Cathedral
See Concert Poster

A work for SATB choir, orchestra and organ
Text based on 16th century Saint Robert Southwell's evocative poem The Burning Babe
See 2007-2008

See 2006-Past Seasons


See Carnegie Hall Slideshow

Carnegie Hall New York premiere, November 7, 2009
Awakening from a Disappearing Garden

"Angel Lam performs a narration to accompany the
musical images that inspired her work."
Courtesy of Carnegie Hall ©2009 Chris Lee

Photo courtesy of Carnegie Hall
©2009 Chris Lee

"Cellist Yo-Yo Ma, Music Director Robert Spano, and
Composer Angel Lam receive a standing ovation for
Awakening from a Disappearing Garden"

Courtesy of Carnegie Hall  ©2009 Chris Lee

Lessons and Carols at St. Johns Cathedral

Festival of Lessons and Carols at St. Johns Cathedral, Los Angeles
Burning Babe
Performed by Loyola High Mens' Chorus and
University of Southern California Singers and Musicians, December 2008

Carnegie Weill Recital Hall

Carnegie Hall premiere of Sun, Moon, and Star
Weill Recital Hall, April 2007

Annual Yale Cellos Event - rehearsal

The Emperor's Eight Thousand Women Ghosts
Annual Yale Cellos Event directed by Aldo Parisot
April 2010, Yale University Sprague Memorial Hall


My studio in the woods at MacDowell Colony