Austin YIP: “Miles Upon Miles”《萬里》for solo violin and electronics (2018)

(Commissioned and premiered by violinist Patrick T.S. Yim)

https://austinyip.com/

Published by Donemus Publishing with fingerings and bowings by Patrick Yim. https://webshop.donemus.com/action/front/sheetmusic/18119/Miles+Upon+Miles

Performances

January 25, 2018 at the “Spirit of the Adventurers Concert Series” at the Hong Kong Museum of History, Hong Kong. (World Premiere Performance)

July 18, 2018 at the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, Abrons Arts Center Playhouse, New York City, New York.

September 21, 2018 at the “Romanza” Concert (Presented by Kawai Chan and sponsored by Tom Lee Music), Lecture Hall, Sheung Wan Civic Centre, Hong Kong.

September 30, 2018 at the 2018 Seoul International Computer Music Festival, Jayu Theatre, Seoul Arts Center, Seoul, Korea.

October 19, 2018 at “Sonic Explorations: A Concert of Electro-acoustic Music” at Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong.

December 1, 2018 at the “Saturday Music Platform” (Presented by Kung Music Workshop & Tai Kwun Center for Heritage and Art), Tai Kwun Laundry Steps, Hong Kong.

January 7, 2019 at the Toolbox International Creative Academy Opening Concert, Y-Studio, Youth Square, Chai Wan, Hong Kong (Supported by Hong Kong Arts Development Council and U.S. Consulate General in Hong Kong & Macau; Sponsored by Tom Lee)

March 9, 2019 at the West Kowloon District “Freespace Happening” Art Park, West Kowloon

March 21, 2019 at the “Time Travel: East to West” Recital at United International College Performance Theatre, Zhuhai, China (Hosted by the Division of Culture and Creativity Office)

April 30, 2019 at the “From Hessler to Hindustan” Violin and Piano Recital at Goethe-Insitut/Max Mueller Bhavan, Kolkata, India (Presented by Goethe-Institut and Kolkata Classics)

May 2, 2019 “Hessler Street Duo” Violin and Piano Recital at the Arts Rotunda, American University of Sharjah, UAE (Presented by American University of Sharjah)

May 4, 2019 “Crossroads” Violin and Piano Recital at Dushanbe Serena Auditorium, Dushanbe, Tajikistan (Presented by Pitch Pipe Foundation and Dushanbe Serena)

May 5, 2019 Violin and Piano Recital at the Bactria Cultural Centre, Dushanbe, Tajikistan (Presented by Bactria Cultural Centre and Pitch Pipe Foundation)

May 8, 2019 Violin and Piano Recital at the Shahidi School of Music, Dushanbe, Tajikistan (Presented by Shahidi School of Music and Pitch Pipe Foundation)

August 18, 2019 “From Schumann to Contemporary China” Violin and Piano Recital at the Burgh House Museum, Hampstead, London (Presented by Syntempo)

Programme Notes

“Miles Upon Miles” is inspired by an exhibition held at the Hong Kong Museum of History of the same title. The exhibition showcases artefacts discovered along the Routes Network of Chang’an-Tianshan Corridor of the Silk Road, including the North-Western side of China, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. The three movements, entitled “I. Gilt Bronze”, “II. Cameleer”, and “III. Sancai”, refer to the features of artefacts in this exhibition. “Gilt Bronze” refers to the materials used for a silkworm of the Han dynasty; “Cameleer” refers to a painting of a Tang dynasty cameleer, and “Sancai” refers to the colours that were used during the Tang Dynasty.

This work is written for amplified violin and electronics. Field recordings of the Xinjiang Uyghur Muqam, taken in Xinjiang 2015, is operated through granular synthesis and serve as an extra dimension to the work. “Miles Upon Miles” is commissioned by violinist Patrick Yim in 2018.

受香港歷史博物館的「綿亙萬里-世界遺產絲綢之路」展覽啟發,《萬里》以音樂描寫展覽中幾件於漢朝及唐朝的展品。第一樂章「鎏金銅」乃漢朝時所用的金屬;第二樂章「牽駝」為唐朝壁畫常見的主題;第三樂章「三彩」是唐代陶器上常用的釉色。《萬里》為擴音小提琴及電子而寫,樂曲中用到的電子部份取材於2015年,作曲家在新疆錄音的維吾尔木卡姆,透過顆粒合成法給作品帶來新疆的色彩。《萬里》由小提琴家嚴天成於2018年委約而寫。

About Austin YIP

As a multimedia artist, Austin Yip’s works investigate on the relationship between literature and sound, as well as the meaning of connotation and denotation through musical and visual means. Recent works include “City Beats” (2019), a work for harpsichord, electronics and video that challenges musical connotation; “Miles Upon Miles” (2018), a work for amplified violin and electronics that juxtaposes violin and Xinjiang Uyghur Muqam; “Project ‘Ballet de la nuit’: Eurydice” (2017), an hour-long electroacoustic work that investigates on the 17th century’s cross-casting tradition; and “Metamorphosis” (2016), an orchestral work that portrays Kafka’s novel of the same title musically.

Frequently presented at musical festivals, Yip’s works have been performed worldwide, examples include the ISCM World New Music Days (Beijing 2018, Sydney 2010), New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival (2018), Seoul International Computer Music Festival (2018), Asian Composers League Conference and Festival (Japan 2010/2017, Vietnam 2016, Singapore 2014), World Saxophone Congress (France 2015, Scotland 2012), Intimacy of Creativity (2012) and many more.

Yip is the recipient of CASH Golden Sail Music Award, Chou’s Annual Composition Commission Award, James Kitagawa Memorial Music Scholarship, Regents’ and Chancellor’s Scholarship, Henry Holbrook Scholarship, James King Scholarship, Eisner Prize, Milton C. Witzel Memorial Prize, University Postgraduate Fellowship, Rayson Huang Scholarship and CASH Best Commissioned Piece Award. Yip received his master and doctorate degree in music composition at the University of Hong Kong, and a bachelor degree at the University of California, Berkeley.

Yip’s works are published by Donemus (Netherlands), ABRSM (UK), BabelScores (France), Ablaze Records (US), Navona Records (US), Hugo Production and Hong Kong Composers Guild. He is currently a lecturer at the Hong Kong Baptist University.

作為多媒體藝術家,葉浩堃的作品大多探討文學與音樂的關係及內涵意義與字面意義的對立,並將之以音樂及影像的形式呈現。近期作品包括為古鍵琴、電子音樂及影像創作的《城市脈搏》、為擴音小提琴及電子創作的《萬里》、電子音樂舞蹈電影《〈夜芭蕾〉計劃:尤麗黛絲》,及為大型管弦樂團而寫的《破繭》。

葉氏的作品經常於世界各地演出,當中包括國際現代音樂節(北京2018、悉尼2010)、紐約電子音樂節(2018)、首爾國際電子音樂節(2018)、亞洲作曲家同盟音樂節(日本2017/2010、越南2016、新加坡2014)、世界薩克斯風年會(法國、蘇格蘭)及創意間的親暱。

葉氏為CASH金帆獎、周文軒新作品委約獎、北川詹姆斯紀念音樂獎學金、校董和校長獎學金、亨利·霍爾布魯克獎學金、詹姆斯·京獎學金、艾斯納獎、米爾頓·C·威策爾紀念獎、大學研究生獎學金、黃麗松獎學金及CASH最佳原創歌曲大獎的持有者。他於香港大學獲得哲學碩士(作曲)及哲學博士(作曲)學位,並畢業於加州大學柏克萊分校。

葉氏的作品由荷蘭出版社Donemus、英國皇家音樂學院出版社、法國出版社Babelscores、美國唱片公司Ablaze Records、Navona Records、雨果唱片及香港作曲家聯會出版。他現為香港浸會大學音樂系講師。

 

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