Autumn Note

         The 2011-2012 academic year was a productive one for me as a composer.  Aside from receiving a generous invitation from the international online collector/ distributor group Alexander Street Press, I have been really fortunate to work with a fantastic cast of collaborators in the professional realm, such as conductor Cliff Colnot, and music groups such as Imani Winds (New York), Enclave Contemporary (Thailand), and Ensemble Counterpoint (Taiwan).  Their musicianship and outlook have nourished my scope and experience in many aspects of music-making.  Upcoming collaborations include a wider range of musicians in different countries: the Israeli premiere of my concerto “Hovering in the Air” by the Beer Sheva Sinfonietta, the world premiere of my orchestral work “Intermezzo: SHANG” by the National Symphony Orchestra (Taiwan) with the guest conductor Nicholas Milton (Australia and Europe), and the U.S. premiere of my mixed ensemble “Ice Crackle Glaze” by the University of Chicago-based New Music Ensemble, all taking place in Autumn, 2012.  My continued interaction with international collaborators, access to new audiences and reflection on the general aesthetic response to my compositions have prompted me to re-think aesthetic education, and the academic constructs in the current era of globalization.  Through more research into composing and my creative work, I hope to delve more deeply into these matters !  If you are around (Chicago, Tel’ Aviv, Taipei or elsewhere), be my guest! Check out the event calender for the concert location and venue.

2012 Thailand International Composition Festival (July 9-14, 2012). From left to Right: with composer Thomas Hyuk Cha, Dylan Schneider, Me (Yuan-Chen Li), conductor Gregg Gausline, and composers Alexander Sigman and Nicholas Omiccioli. At Mahidol University, photo thanks to Jonghee Kang.

2012 Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival (July 29 – August 7). Awesome group. The first fellows of the Emerging Composers Program. Not pictured, @sam parilla. — with Molly Joyce, Phil Taylor, Joelle Zigman, Alex Weston, Matt Siffert, Yuan-Chen Li and Sam Parrilla at The Juilliard School.