Program features pieces by Chuyue Xu, performed by:
Javier Avendaño, double bass
Maria Milano, flute
Orlando Salazar, oboe
Logan Howe, clarinet
Simone Cartales, viola
Zihao Chen, baritone
Elizabeth Knight , bassoon
Hengyi Yuan, soprano
Ahra Oh, piano
Rolph Stong Wood Pierre, trumpet
Nicoleta Savvidou, piano
Like a concert between friends, I want a my audience to have fun. I hope to create a relaxing, chilling and a little creative vibe. How can I do that?
One piece, “Hopeless”, goes from hopeless to hopeful, which is a kind of relaxation. “Righft” is rather a fun piece, using unusual sounds on the piano, with one player on the right and one on the left, so that helps produce the atmosphere I want. “How does April taste?”, being a little jazz-influenced, brings a touch of chill. One of the songs uses a text that delivers one emotion when read forward, and the opposite when read backwards, which will set a creative vibe. My other song on the program uses an ancient Chinese text, bringing a colorful past to the present stage. And the short film score will provide a visual component that is quite fun.
Chuyue Xu, as a composer, virtuosic technique and sensitive musicianship consistently leaves a lasting impression. She graduated from the Composition Department of Sichuan Conservatory of Music with a bachelor’s degree, and began to learn piano at the age of four.