The score of my string quartet "Duang", premiered last May by the SAND quartet in the Musikakademie Kassel, is now available for purchase. Click here to purchase.
In 2004, Jackie Chan coined the word Duang in a shampoo commercial and since then it's become a viral meme in China. Originally, Jackie Chan used this word as an onomatopoeia to describe his hair. But you could probably use the word in any way you like and it will still make sense. For this reason I chose this as the quartet's title
‘Doux, improvisé’ is the heading of the 5th Notation. Sweet and improvisatory. How do you play something that is written down precisely in a way that is improvisatory? The sweetness of this movement comes from the note suspended in time. There are two phrases, both beginning with a upward cascade of notes until only a lone melody floats on it. The melody goes up and then down and is interrupted by a sudden note. Our sound bubble has been popped.
I know it sounds dogmatic, especially coming from a person like me, yet I've come to believe this more and more now.
I came to Germany with no expectations. Actually, I came here because I found no place back home where I could study. Almost like a last ditch effort, I rationalized that Germany is the place to be to study Western Classical Music, I hopped on that plane and never regretted that decision.
Last Wednesday, it was the composition class's turn to present what they have been doing for the past academic year (me included). This time, we were blessed with wonderful performances and an equally wonderful audience, who never let a single cough out through the entire albeit short concert!
Next week, on the 9th of May, I will be playing a charity concert with Sabine Wackernagel. Taking place in the main hall of where I study (Musikakademie Stadt Kassel), there will be works by Julia Wolfe, Kareem Roustom and Mel Bonis.