Chou Wen-chung

One must search beyond the procedures of a musical practice, discern its original esthetic commitments, and trace how its tradition has evolved. If one is blessed with a cross-cultural heritage, one must then regard it as a privilege and obligation to commit oneself to the search in both practices. — Chou Wen-chung (from Sights And Sounds: Remembrances, 1990)

In ullamcorper sapien. Integer massa orci, molestie quis, sodales at, nonummy ut, mi.

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02.20.14 at 8PM Music of Chou Wen-Chung at Merkin Concert Hall - (212) 501-3330

Echoes from the Gorge (Talujon)
Twilight Colors, for six instruments (Boston Musica Viva)
Cursive, for flute and piano (Jayne Rosenfeld &Christopher Oldfather)

7.19.10 US premiere of Etude pour Espace, spatialized orchestration by Chou, to be performed by International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Steven Schick, conductor, at Varèse: Revolution, Lincoln Center Festival, Alice Tully Hall, New York.

4.19.10 to 4.23.10 Participate in “Music from the Past, Music for the Future,” Pacific Rim Music Festival, UCSC, Santa Cruz, CA

4.23.10 Commentator at symposium: “Intercultural Creative Process.”
4.19.10 Lead colloquium: “Prerequisite for a 21st Century Composer: a Personal Experience,” Department of Music, UCSC
4.23.10 Eternal Pine, performed by Contemporary Music Ensemble Korea (CMEK)
4.24.10 Ode to Eternal Pine, performed by New York New Music Ensemble
4.24.10 Both pieces discussed in post concert talk with members of CMEK and NYNME

4.19.10 Attended US premiere of “Varèse: The One All Alone,” produced by Frank Scheffer in collaboration with Chou, presented by Other Minds Festival, San Francisco.

After screening, participated in discussion with Frank Scheffer and Charles Amirkhanian, Artistic Director of Other Minds.

4.16.10 Performance of Varèse’s Etude pour Espace, edited with spatialized orchestration by Chou, at Varèse 360°, Southbank Centre, London

2.28.10 Video conference with artists at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, 15th Other Minds Music Festival, San Francisco, CA

11.14.09 to 11.17.09 In residence at Wien Modern Festival, Vienna

11.14.09 “Varèse,” oral history concert: performance of Déserts and Echoes from the Gorge with comments by Chou on Varèse and his Déserts as well as Chou and his Echoes, Vienna Concert Hall.
11.16.09 Discussion with film maker Frank Scheffer for showing of his film “Varèse: The One All Alone.”
11.17.09 Lecture “Varèse: Music and Natural Phenomena” at the symposium “Musik, Mathematik und Architektur,” University of Music and Dramatic Art, Vienna

10.10.09 to 10.15.09 Helped organize program for concert series “Varèse-- Before and After,” Festival Slowind, Ljubljana, Slovenia

works by Varèse and composers who interacted with him, Chou, as well as young European composers, performed by Slowind Wind Quintet; Slovene Philharmonic Brass Ensemble, Robert Aitken, conductor; and others.
10.10.09 Presented one-day international workshop on Varèse at University of Ljubljana.
10.12.09 Participated in a discussion with film maker Frank Scheffer at showing of his film “Varèse: The One All Alone,” produced in collaboration with Chou.

10.3.09 to 10.4.09 Performance of Varèse’s Etude pour Espace, edited with spatialized orchestration by Chou, at Varèse 360°, Festival d’Automne, Salle Pleyel, Paris

8.28.09 Biography on Chou, The Music of Chou Wen-chung by Eric C. Lai, published by Ashgate Publishing Limited, UK

6.13.09 to 6.14.09 Varèse 360° concerts featuring Varèse’s major works at Holland Festival, Amsterdam

Premiere of Chou’s spatialized orchestration of Varèse’s Etude pour Espace, completed in residence in Amsterdam, with technical assistance by Jan Panis, performed by Asko Ensemble and conducted by Peter Eotvos.

June 2009 “Whither Chinese Composers?” article by Chou published in Chinese version of Contemporary Music Review, entitled “China and the West-- the Birth of a New Music,” published by Shanghai Conservatory of Music Publishing, Shanghai, China

4.27.09 Premiere of Ode to Eternal Pine (re-composed version of Eternal Pine for modern instruments) by New York New Music Ensemble, Merkin Hall, New York

10.26.08 Premiere of Eternal Pine for traditional Korean ensemble by Contemporary Music Ensemble Korea (CMEK) at the International Composers Series, Kumho Art Hall, Seoul, Korea

1.12.08 to 1.13.08 Chou spoke on Varese’s historic concepts and Déserts at the two- concert series “Chou Wen-chung and the Varese Story” in Toronto

Streams, Twilight Colors and Echoes from the Gorge performed by New Music Concerts, Robert Aitken, conductor.
Lecture “Natural Phenomena and Human Emotion.”

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