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Time: April 9-13, 2024 (GMT)

Location: Accidental Theatre, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Role: Composer-performer

For forty years Sonorities has led the way for musicians, composers and sound artists from around the world to make and present work for curious listeners.

A biennial festival of sound and music, making a joyful commotion in Belfast since 1981.

CCA Freedom of Expression Exhibition at Cornell AAP

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Time: March 11-22, 2024 (Eastern Daylight Time GMT-4)

Location: Bibliowicz Family Gallery, Cornell University

Role: Installation

Cornell Council for the Arts (CCA) and the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning (AAP) partner to host an exhibition that explores freedom of expression. In fall 2023, CCA announced a competition open to the Cornell community to propose projects associated with this theme, with the goal of showcasing these projects in AAP’s galleries. CCA selected 15 proposals to receive funding.

 The Asian American Avant-Garde

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Time: December 10, 2023 (Eastern Daylight Time GMT-4)

Location: Pao Arts Center, Boston, MA

Role: Composer-Performer

To open its 49th season, Dinosaur Annex Music Ensemble presents The Asian American Avant-Garde, a musical exploration of questions of Asian American identity, belonging, perception, and intercultural understandings (and misunderstandings) through a series of works for instruments, theater, and film.

Works
Emily Koh – unheard
Eun Young Lee – EunHaeng
Michele Cheng – Speed Dating
Du Yun – Zigzaggg (mvts. 1, 3)
Carolyn Chen – Made in China, Made in California

Density 2036: Craig Taborn’s “Busy Griefs and Endangered Charms”

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Time: December 9, 2023 (Eastern Daylight Time GMT-4)

Location: Holden Chapel, Harvard University

Role: Performer

The New York Times called the world premiere of Craig Taborn’s Fromm Foundation-commissioned work Busy Griefs and Endangered Charms “one of the best shows I’ve experienced this season.” Join us for the Boston premiere of this new evening-length quartet, which was written for Professor Claire Chase as part of her ongoing Density 2036 project. Taborn and Chase are joined by Susie Ibarra (percussion), Joshua Rubin (clarinets), and Levy Lorenzo (sound design). For this special immersive performance in the intimate venue of Holden Chapel, Taborn expands the final movement of the work to include members of the Harvard New Music Ensemble.

The Harvard New Music Ensemble

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Time: December 5, 2023 (Eastern Daylight Time GMT-4)

Location: Paine Hall, Harvard University

Role: Performer

The Harvard New Music Ensemble (led by Professor Claire Chase) presents a concert featuring the world premiere of a newly commissioned work for eco-instruments and ensemble by the multimedia artist Phyllis Chen, alongside ensemble works by Matana Roberts, Susie Ibarra, and Pauline Oliveros. As a grand finale, guests from the Berklee School of Music, the Longy School of Music, and the greater Harvard community join ensemble members in a performance of Terry Riley’s iconic 1964 masterpiece “In C.” 

Creative Practice & Critical Inquiry Showcase

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Time: December 4, 2023 (Eastern Daylight Time GMT-4)

Location: Paine Hall, Harvard University

Role: Composer/Performer

Collaborative works from students (and beyond) in Creative Practice and Critical Inquiry featuringFabian Almazan, Victor Arul, Marleigh Belsley, Michele Cheng, Hassan Estakhrian, Micah Huang, Xavier Hadley, Seiyoung Jang, Alec Whiting

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Throwdown: 11/15/2023

Time: November 15, 2023 (Eastern Daylight Time GMT-4)

Location: Paine Hall, Harvard University

Role: Composer/Performer

Throw downs provide opportunities for students to share work-in-progress in an informal, supportive environment. They are hosted by Professor Claire Chase.

Improvising Bodies, Dance and Music

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Time: November 8, 2023 (Eastern Daylight Time GMT-4)

Location: Willard Straight Hall, Memorial Room, Cornell University

Role: Composer/Performer (Meoark)

The concert will feature spatialized ambisonics, wearable sound technology, both synthesized and acoustic sound production all in communication with long-form movement from the cast of dancers.

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Throwdown: 11/8/2023

Time: November 8, 2023 (Eastern Daylight Time GMT-4)

Location: Paine Hall, Harvard University

Role: Composer/Performer (Harvard New Music Ensemble)

Throw downs provide opportunities for students to share work-in-progress in an informal, supportive environment. They are hosted by Professor Claire Chase.

Sound, Meaning, Education: CONVERSATIONS & improvisations 

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Time: October 20-22, 2023 (Eastern Daylight Time GMT-4)

Location: Manhattan, NYC, U.S.

Role: Composer-performer

International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation (IICSI) / University of Guelph,

Concert performance- Meoark

Workshop presentation

Experimental Sound Series at Cornell presents Tak Ensemble

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Time: October 16, 2023 (Eastern Daylight Time GMT-4)

Location: Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts, Cornell University

Role: Composer

Experimental Sound Series at Cornell presents a residency with Tak Ensemble. Tak will perform new works by Cornell composers María Bulla, Laura Cetilia, Michele Cheng, Matias de Roux, Coral Douglas, Seare Farhat, Michael Li, and James Parker.

Photo by David Bird

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Throwdown: 10/4/2023

Time: October 4, 2023 (Eastern Daylight Time GMT-4)

Location: Paine Hall, Harvard University

Role: Performer (Harvard New Music Ensemble)

Throw downs provide opportunities for students to share work-in-progress in an informal, supportive environment. They are hosted by Professor Claire Chase.

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Throwdown: 9/27/2023

Time: September 27, 2023 (Eastern Daylight Time GMT-4)

Location: Holden Chapel, Harvard University

Role: Performer (Harvard New Music Ensemble)

Throw downs provide opportunities for students to share work-in-progress in an informal, supportive environment. They are hosted by Professor Claire Chase.

Ensemble Evolution 2023

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Time: June 26-29, 2023 (Eastern Daylight Time GMT-4)

Location: Manhattan, NYC, U.S.

Role: Composer-performer

Co-Directed by International Contemporary Ensemble Artists and CoPA Faculty Members Fay Victor and Rebekah Heller, Ensemble Evolution is a summer intensive, presented in collaboration with The New School's College of Performing Arts (CoPA) in New York City.

New Music Gathering 2023

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Time: June 22-24, 2023 (Pacific Time GMT-8)

Location: Portland, OR, U.S.

Role: Panelist & Composer-performer

NMG ASSEMBLED DISCUSSION: CYBER IDENTITIES IN ART PRACTICE
Adam Cuthbert, Phong Tran, Michele Cheng, Brad Garton, Samvel Krajian

 

Concert Performance

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Temporel 2023 : Obj. + Naissances

Time: May 27, 2023 (Eastern Time GMT-5)

Location: Le Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, Canada

Role: Composer

Pour clore une nouvelle saison de création, Codes d’accès présente deux concerts dont l’ampleur équivaut à l’audace de la démarche. Programme double, cette soirée exceptionnelle est l’occasion pour la communauté des artistes émergent·es des musiques nouvelles de se réunir et de célébrer la création autour d’œuvres révélatrices de leur contemporanéité. Dans un esprit de convivialité, chaque concert est entouré d’une discussion publique et d’une pause, laissant la chance à l’auditeur de converser avec les artistes.

Ensemble alokori — Obj.

Avec le concert multimédia « Obj. », l’ensemble alokori explore l’instrument musical comme objet, et l’objet comme instrument musical. Quels mondes sonores peuvent partager des instruments manufacturés avec des objets du quotidien ? Comment traiter un objet ménager comme on traite une flûte, comment dé-instrumentaliser une guitare ? « Obj. » explore ainsi la déconstruction de la pratique instrumentale. Avec la participation de Sara Constant (flûte, flûte basse, objets et électroniques), d’An Laurence (guitare acoustique, guitare électrique, objets et électroniques) et de Maxime Daigneault (composition).

Programme :

Malin BÅNG : Hyperoxic, pour flûte basse amplifiée, objets amplifiés et deux interprètes (11’). 2011. Suède. Reprise
Cathy VAN ECK : Music Stands, pour deux lutrins amplifiés et deux interprètes (9’). 2011. Belgique-Pays-Bas. Reprise
Tomomi ADACHI : Why you scratch me, not slap?, chorégraphie pour guitariste et vidéo (10’). 2011. Japon. Reprise
Andreas Eduardo FRANK : Table Talk, pour transducteurs, « buzzers », deux interprètes et vidéo (13’). 2013. Allemagne. Reprise
Brigitta MUNTENDORF : Public Privacy #1: Flute Cover, pour flûte solo, électronique et vidéo (6’). 2013. Allemagne. Reprise
Michele CHENG : Doyennes’ Diaries, improvisation pour objets domestiques et effets (10’). 2020. Taiwan-États-Unis. Reprise
Maxime DAIGNEAULT : Création, pour flûte, guitare et objets (12’). 2023. Canada. Première

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Sound Genres: Exploring Sound as Foundational Practice  

Time: May 26-28, 2023 (Pacific Time GMT-8)

Location: University of Victoria, BC, Canada

Role: Presenter

Sound Genres: Exploring Sound as Foundational Practice is a two-day conference hosted by the University of Victoria exploring electronically mediated sound and music genres in both academic settings (sound art, soundscape, electroacoustic etc.) and popular contexts (EDM, ambient, techno etc.). Sound Genres is supported in part by funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

Baroque Camerata 【Portrait . Taiwan】

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Time: May 24-27, 2023 (Taipei Standard Time GMT+8)

Location: National Taichung Theater / National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying)

Role: Composer

2022年8月巴洛克獨奏家樂團將以華語電影主題曲為主軸,分為四大主題收錄共13首電影主題曲、配樂錄製「映畫.臺灣」專輯,邀請四位臺灣在地作曲家,以巴洛克時期音樂配器及創作曲式,創作四首巴洛克時期風格架構的獨奏協奏曲和大協奏曲,分別為三個或四個樂章,由重現巴洛克時期經典,重新編曲多部經典電影中扣人心弦的暢銷金曲,橫跨30年之間華語電影發展,用音樂帶聽眾回到電影裡動人的場景。


本場音樂會為「映畫.臺灣」專輯發表會,除了將專輯內容於高規格場館現場演出外,規劃加上多媒體視覺及燈光效果,邀請到知名電影史研究者陳煒智擔任視覺顧問,擁有多年影評經驗的陳煒智將從更多面向切入,統籌主題,此外,並再度與知名多媒體設計王奕盛、燈光設計沈柏宏合作,打造聽覺與視覺相輔相成多元有趣的跨界舞臺,感受美妙樂音構成的畫面,感受鏡頭下的各種情感,或許是你也是我的故事。

Decolonial Love: Learning to Redream Dangerously Again

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Time: May 13-14, 2023

Location: Cornell University

Role: Panelist (Panel I - Identities)

How might we learn to redream dangerously again?

Join us for a two-day symposium that brings together scholars, creative writers, and activists to discuss and envisage how the theories, practices, and visions of the roles of love, identity, and land are complexly intertwined with (trans)national structured challenges.

With a commitment to "learning to redream dangerously again" during a historical moment of an unceasing remonstration of the intersectional inequality and injustice entrenched in the United States and other localities, the 2023 cohort of the Einaudi Center's Global Racial Justice graduate fellows will host the "Decolonial Love" symposium. The symposium aims to reconstruct and reimagine the multifacetedness of individuals and the complexity of their ties with the self, others, and the natural world through the lens of coloniality and decoloniality.

Hosted by the Einaudi Center as part of its inequalities, identities, and justice global research priority, and co-sponsored by Migrations: A Global Grand Challenge, the American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program, and the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research.

Earth Day Art Model 2023

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Time: April 21-22, 2023 (telematics)

Location: Internet

Role: Composer

Earth Day Art Model is an online, interactive, global telematic and media event held on International Earth Day. The free-admission festival highlights current artistic perspectives ranging from scientific observation to creative works of music and intermedia. Over 24 hours, on April 22, the festival will stream live/fixed performances and works by musicians, artists, writers, and others as they engage the natural world in artistic illumination and thoughtful discussion. This year’s festival theme, “The Local Earth”, will highlight expressions focused upon our awareness of the immediate world in which we live, work, and create. Last year’s festival was viewed by individuals from 40 countries, with artists and presenters from 22 countries across 5 continents. Earth Day Art Model is sponsored and presented by Deck 10 Media with additional support from the Donald Louis Tavel Arts Technology Research Center at the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology, IUPUI.

Nathan Mondry, organ: CU Music

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Time: April 14, 2023 (EST)

Location: Annabel Taylor Chapel, Cornell University, U.S.

Role: Composer & Puppeteer

Nathan Mondry organ recital. “Around the Cantus Firmus.”  J. S. Bach’s Orgelbüchlein, along with Romantic and contemporary chorale-based works.

Festival Chamber Orchestra (FCO)

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Time: February 18, 2023 (EST)

Location: Cornell University, U.S.

Role: Composer

The Festival Chamber Orchestra sinfonietta premieres new works by Cornell graduate composers Maria Bulla and Michele Cheng.

JACK Studio

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Time: January 28, 2023 (EST)

Location: Manhattan, NY, U.S.

Role: Composer & Puppeteer

In a day-long affair, JACK presents five premieres by JACK Studio artists.

Amy Brandon: new work (world premiere)
Michele Cheng: new work (world premiere)
Joy Guidry: new work (world premiere)
X. Lee: new work (world premiere)
Njabulo Phungula: new work (world premiere)

Past Events (from Archives)

INT-ACT 2022: New Act, Vocality and Transmutation

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Time: December, 2022 (Indochina Time GMT+7)

Location: Bangkok Art & Culture CentreBangkok, Thailand

Role: Composer-performer

Call for Art Works:
Anselm McDonnell, Tim Reed, Mavan Tag, Marco Dibeltulu, Steven Whiteley, Alvin Leung & Christine Drake-Thomas, Robert Lisek, Serge Bulat, Eddie Borbon, Minato Sakamoto, Pao Chutijirawong, NUUM Collective, Jacob Elkin & Zak Ma 


Call for Projects:
Michele Cheng & Hassan Estakhrian, Giordano Bruno, elekhlekha

MATA Festival 2022

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Time: May 4, 2022 (EDT)

Location: Roulette, Brooklyn, NY, U.S.

Role: Composer/Performer

2022 Panelists
Sugar Vendil, Mark Thomas Taylor Composer, Fay Victor, Marta Sanchez, Brandee Younger, Joshua White, Cooper Moore , and Ben Gerstein.

2022 Featured Composers
John Aulich | Laura Brackney | Michele Cheng | Wajdi Abou Diab | Christian Dimpker | Francisco del Pino | Nina Fukuoka | Cameron Graham | Vicente Hansen | Nyokabi Kariũki | June Young Will Kim | Travis LaPlante | Shuyu Lin | Piyawat Louilarpprasert | Shara Lunon | Fernanda Navarro | Jess Rowland | Naftali Schindler | Hakan Ulus | Mengmeng Wang | Christopher Williams

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Girls of Yellow Diamonds: Songs of Asian-American Women

Time: March 11, 2022 (EST)

Location: The Academy of Vocal Arts, Philadelphia, PA, US

Role: Composer / Piece: I can't understand a word you're saying

Details coming up soon

Reimagining Accessibility and Inclusivity in Virtual Events I CARE IF YOU LISTEN "Casting Light" essay series #3

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July 28, 2021

"Why not use the positive aspects of digital platforms to create something totally new and free from unnecessary comparisons, or reimagine our existing platforms in ways that intentionally diversify experiences? How can we transform our educational and performance spaces in more equitably accessible and equally inclusive ways?"


In the third installment of ACF and I Care if You Listen (.com)'s Casting Light series, Michele Cheng speak with artists about their experiences with virtual concerts over the last year and imagines a hybrid future for concerts, festivals, and lessons. With streaming, "institutions have a unique opportunity to address the many problems that have been ignored long before the pandemic," Cheng writes. 

- American Composers Forum

ICMC International Computer Music Conference

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Time: July 25-31, 2021 (Listening Room)

Location: Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile (Virtual Conference)

Role: Composer/Performer

Atlantic Center for the Arts Residency #182

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Time: June 27-July17, 2021

Location: Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL

Role: Associate Artist

"We are in our first week of Residency #182 and proud to be hosting composer Marcos Balter, writer/cultural critic Carol Becker, cartoonist Phoebe Gloeckner, and 19 Associate Artists from across the United States." - Atlantic Center for the Arts eNewsletter July 2021

New Music USA Creator Development Fund

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April 6, 2021

I'm excited to share that “A Different Reality”― an intermedia project for solo marimba and electronics written for the incomparable percussionist/collaborator Ian Rosenbaum― has been selected as part of the New Music USA #CreatorDevelopmentFund. This project is an expansion of a work initially commissioned and premiered by National Sawdust. I’m so thankful to National Sawdust for the initial opportunity to carry out this work and to New Music USA for the support. Can’t wait to bring this project to fruition!

The project is supported by New Music USA’s Creator Development Fund with major support from Howard Gilman Foundation, The Amphion Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Sony Music Group, Cheswatyr Foundation, The ASCAP Foundation, and BMI Foundation. The work is also made possible through donations to the New Music USA Endowment.

Pamela Z + fff ensemble

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Time: March 19, 2021 (Pacific Daylight Time)

Location: CCRMA Live, Stanford University, U.S. (Virtual streaming)

Role: Performer (fff ensemble)

Denning Artist in residency Pamela Z and members of the fff ensemble present a joint concert.

Register here for an after-concert panel with Pamela Z and the members of the fff ensemble, joined by special guests Margaret Schedel and Jocelyn Ho. The discussion will begin at 6pm PDT and will focus on performance with technology from a feminist perspective, including the Women's Labor project.

National Sawdust New Works Commission

Time: December 10, 2020

Location: National Sawdust, Brooklyn, NY (Virtual performance)

Role: Composer

National Sawdust Ensemble performance will stream on Facebook and the Live@ digital stage on Thursday, December 10 at 5pm Eastern

JACK Quartet performance will stream on Facebook and the Live@ digital stage on Friday, December 11 at 5pm Eastern

New Works Commission winners:
Daniel Sabzghabaei, Eddie Codrington, Jessie Cox, Nicholas Tran, Nina Shekhar, Rajna Swaminathan, Tanyaradzwa Tawengwa, Ted Moore, Yaz Lancaster, Golnaz Shariatzadeh, Baldwin Giang, Bethany Younge, Clifton Joey Guidry III, Finola Merivale, James Diaz, Julie Herndon, Kelley Sheehan, Manjing Zhang, Mario Layne Fabrizio, and Michele Cheng.

Seoul International Computer Music Festival 2020

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Time: October 30, 2020 (KST)

Location: Jayu Theater, Seoul Arts Center, Seoul, Korea

Role: Composer/Performer

Seoul International Computer Music Festival(SICMF) is a sonic-art performance embracing musical instruments, electronics, audiovisuals, multimedia, etc. as well as a special event showing new approaches and possibilities to combine music with technology finely, opening every autumn in Seoul. From starting in 1994 as the first computer music festival in Asia to its 27th festival this year, SICMF played over a thousand of high-end works and has grown as the major stage leading the global computer music trend.

A number of works from all over the world are applied every year and carefully selected for the festival. This year's concerts will perform 21 foreign works and 15 Korean works. Particularly, a pioneer in the field of Computer Music and the co-founder of Audacity, Roger Dannenberg, as the keynote speaker, and the Music Technology team at Carnegie Mellon University are invited for our valuable opportunities of international exchange. We hope that SICMF2020 can strengthen the place of Korea as a field of computer music and can contribute to the advancement and the further progress of computer music in the world.

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Time: August 15, 2020

Location: Irish Sound, Science & Technology Association (Virtual conference)

Role: Composer / Piece: Blursday

The worldwide spread of COVID-19 and the associated social changes have impacted our lives in a manner that has no precedent in recent times. How has the initial shock changed our professional and personal relationships? Does this pandemic mark a permanent change to how we work and share? Is this a societal event that will soon be normalised?

 

ISSTA has invited international artists working with sound to share their responses to this situation as composers and performers. We have curated a series of three concerts featuring live performance and fixed media works in audio and video formats. We feel that this selection of work demonstrates a range of changing methods of individual practice, collaboration, and sonic discovery made during 2020.

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Time: April 25-26, 2020

Location: London, England (Virtual conference)

Role: Presenter

The eavesdropping season culminates in a weekend-long symposium which will be an opportunity for local and visiting artists alike to reflect together on 'creative activism: radical responses within new music'. The symposium is designed to be open, inclusive and positive in its approach to this theme: the programme will feature a broad variety of papers, presentations, performances and discussions reflecting the diversity of issues and responses within the international new music scene. Special guests Marlo De Lara and Sarah Nicolls will be offering their thoughts on resistance and activism, and Extinction Rebellion activist Cathy Eastburn will be filling the chapel with the therapeutic resonances of a gong bath focusing on reconnection. The programme will also feature several discussions and a selection of shorter contributions gathered through a Call for Papers.

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Time: February 28, 2020

Location: Gigant, Apeldoorn, The Netherlands 

Role: Composer / Piece: Peeter & the Woolf (Premiere)

Young Composers Meeting is an intiative by orkest de ereprijs to give young professional composers a chance to compose for an ensemble and develop their talents, knowledge and professional network. It is organised by orkest de ereprijs, the Gaudeamus Foundation and Podium Gigant Apeldoorn.

We proudly present the participants of the 26th Young Composers Meeting 2020:
Liesbeth Decrock (Belgium), Isabelle Riche (Canada), Xiaoran Jiang (China), Inga Magnes (Iceland), Wilson Leywantono (Indonesia), Yayi Wira Pamungkas (Indonesia), Vlad Chlek (Russia), Polina Korobkova (Russia), Victoria Benito (Spain), Thanakarn Shofield (Thailand), Emily Abdy (UK), Lara Agar (UK), Georgia Denham (UK), Michele Cheng (USA), Robert Fleitz (USA), Martin Mayo (USA).

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Time: Saturday, Sep 21-22, 2019

Location: Emerson Paramount Theatre, MA

Role: Composer (Prelude) / Piece: I can't understand a word you're saying

Two children, worlds apart—one flies, one walks—to America.
Two girls, divergent lives—one green card, one undocumented—in America.
Two women—different struggles, disparate hopes—for America.
Two friends, shared dreams, one journey—through America.

Time: Wednesday, July 6, 2019

Location: Musée des Beaux-Arts de Dijon, France

Role: Composer / Piece: Emotional Games

Time: Tuesday, June 18, 8:00 PM, 2019

Location: Casa Obscura, Montreal, Quebec

Role: Composer / Piece: 101 Fun Exercises for Old Couples

Joignez-nous pour une soirree musicale, un petit fete pour les oeuvres contemporaines pour la clarinette et clarinette basse. Cette programme inclus des oeuvres de compositeurs et compositrices de Montreal et Amerique-nord comme Colin Frank et Julien Claudinion. Ne manquez pas cette spectacle!

Time:

CONCERT 1: Friday, May 31, 7:30 PM, 2019

CONCERT 2: Saturday, June 1, 7:30 PM

Location: Bing Concert Hall, Stanford, CA

Role: Composer / Piece: Speed Dating (Ambisonics premiere)

Free admission

Please join us for the second installment of our epic concert series "The Lord of the Bings: The Two Bings". We will present two different evening programs of multichannel immersive music, soundscapes, and visuals in Bing Concert Hall Studio. Our GRAIL sound system will be deployed again in a 3D setup for a selection of pieces from CCRMA and around the Middle-earth.

UCI Illuminations: Asian Immigration as Creative Muse

Time: Tue, Feb 26, 2019, 5 pm

Location: Winifred Smith Hall, University of California, Irvine

Role: Performer & Composer / Piece: Speed Dating

Free Admission

I Dream, therefore I Am explores interrelated aspects of immigration, Asian American, and dream. Do “dreamers” (DACA), 1.5 generation, and recent immigrants share similar immigration experience or have distinctive “American dreams”?  How is their dream shaped, nurtured, pursued, or crushed? Do memories, nostalgia, or broken dreams inspire artistic creation? Do we all have the right to dream? With live music, theatre, poetry, puppetry, and improvisation, dreams are created and shared in front of your eyes. The program includes original music composed and performed by Michele Cheng and Shih-Wei Wu, dramatic work by Theatre Woks, puppetry by Chee-Hann Wu, and text by Daphne Lei.

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