Works

An unorthodox juxtaposition of the seriousness of European traditions and their modern branches, popular rhythms derived from dance and jazz and an East Asian awareness for timbre and melody make up the main influences of my compositions. Here a selection:


You Have No Choice

Translation of the Chinese Novel by Liu Sola
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The award-winning novella, published in 1985, is regarded as China's first avant-garde novella and triggered a small sensation and considerable turmoil after its release. Their protagonists are young music students of the composition department, who for the first time dare to deviate from the previous, party line and follow their own ideas. Thus, the book became an unofficial required reading and is today an example of the student life of the 1980s in China between "culture fever" after Mao and before Tian'anmen.

It provides insights into the then typical and still quite current campus life. The students' concerns still seem to be the same: to find their own voice under the crushing load of ingenious predecessors and to assert them in the raging and diverse currents against the cliffs of apologists, teachers and performers, in the constant awareness that this own composing is something senseless egotistical, but also something essential meaningful.

Liu Sola (* 1955) herself was a member of the first composition class of the reopened Central Music Conservatory of Beijing, whose alumni (Tan Dun, Qu Xiaosong, Guo Wenjing) are now all famous composers in the Chinese musical scene. Thus, the novella can also be read as an intimate background of contemporary Chinese music history.

The translation by me is authorized by Ms. Liu and is available in bookstores since February 2019.

Here a short preview [in German].


Choir Concert in the Cathedral of Magdeburg

Premier Performance of My New Piece For Camber Choir
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For the first time the magnificent chamber choir from Leipzig performs in the cathedral of Magdeburg. This new a cappella piece, which I composed during my stay in the Cité des Arts Paris, has thereby found its ideal cast: sublime and cultured choir sound meeting the extrodinary acustics of Germanies first gothic cathedral.


Funk Shui

Duo for Chinese Lute and Guitar

This intricate piece merges Chinese awareness for timbre and melody with the rhythmic precision of funk.In that juxtaposition it is singular and a much desired addition to the repertoire. The music showcases the full capabilities of the instruments and their players. In an entertaining way it adds a new perspective on how the Chinese and Western elements can be combined successfully.


forward

For Soprano, Trumpet, Contrabass Trombone, Guitar, Accordeon, Piano and Drums

This ensemblepiece sheds new light on some well-known Chinese music by using Western styles. I wrote about the multiple layers in this work in my blog.


Xiamen Symphony

Soundscape

Collage of sounds of the legendary Chinese treaty port Xiamen. I nostalgically reminsce about my two years there in my new blog entry.


so-to-say

For 4 Flutes, 2 Pianos, Vibraphone and Drums

Live footage of the event "Étude d'Échange" that combined music for ensemble with live motion graphics.


Aggregate

Electric Music for the Manhattan Bridge

Raw electonic piece “Aggregate” for a projection showcase by dandelion & burdock at the New York festival of lights.


Consolation

For Two Violins

Highly contrapunctual yet very introverted piece of epic dimensions, that demands perfect intonation and techinque from it's performers.