”TOKYO TO NEW YORK” Bargemusic – Here and Now Series

Bargemusic – Here and Now Series
Friday, September 14, 2018, 8:00pm

​Thomas Piercy, Clarinet
Cheng Jin Koh, Yangqin
Chen Yihan, Piano

The September 14th “Tokyo to New York” concert on Bargemusic’s “Here and Now Series” features world premieres and United States premieres of music composed for clarinetist Thomas Piercy. Since 2012, Mr. Piercy has performed over 100 world premieres and numerous Japan and United States premieres in the “Tokyo to New York” concerts, and has had the opportunity to work with the composers programmed in this concert. Composer Morita will travel from Tokyo for the concert, and NYC composers Besingrand, Chen, Han, and Luedeke will also be in attendance. Joining Mr. Piercy in this concert is composer/pianist Chen Yihan, and yangqin player Cheng Jon Koh.



The music in this concert has been written by Tokyo- and NYC-based composers for classical Western instruments (clarinet and piano) as well the yangqin (a traditional Asian instrument). The composers range in age from 25 to 94 years of age and come from all walks of life and experience: from university students pursuing their doctorate degrees in music to university professors; from composers at the beginning of their professional careers to composers that have won such prominent awards as the Pulitzer Prize, the Grammy Award, the Fulbright Award, the Geneva Award, and the Takemitsu Award.


Tokyo composers:

Tomo Hirayama – “People, Coming and Going” for clarinet (U.S. Premiere; Composed for Mr. Piercy)
Yasunoshin Morita – “ReincarnatiOn Ring IXd” for clarinet and ipods (U.S. Premiere; Composed for Mr. Piercy)
Shoichi Yabuta – “Sonata” for clarinet (U.S. Premiere; Composed for Mr. Piercy)
Joji Yuasa – “Solitude” for clarinet

NYC composers:
Jean Patrick Besingrand – “Izanagi” for clarinet (US Premiere; Composed for Mr. Piercy)
Chen Yihan – “”Where might your home be?” for clarinet, yangqin, and piano (World Premier; Composed for Mr. Piercy)
Jin Hee Han – “90 away” for clarinet and piano (World Premiere; Composed for Mr. Piercy)
Raymond Luedeke – “In This World” for clarinet and piano (World Premiere; Composed for Mr. Piercy)
Ned Rorem – “Poem without Words” for clarinet and piano

“Tokyo to New York”
Bargemusic – Here and Now Series
Friday, September 14th at 8pm

$40 ($35 Senior, $20 Student)
​Tickets/Reservations: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3584017

Info and Directions
GPS address is 1 Water Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
For complimentary Press tickets, please contact tonadaproductions@gmail.com

About the performers

Thomas Piercy is a critically acclaimed musician with orchestral, concerto, recital and chamber music appearances throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. He has been described by The New York Times as “Brilliant…playing with refinement and flair…evoking a panache in the contemporary works.” A versatile artist defying categorization – performing on the Emmy Award-winning Juno Baby CDs and DVDs; performing with pianist Earl Wild and Frederica von Stade; working with Leonard Bernstein; appearing in a KRS-ONE music video; playing hichiriki and other traditional Japanese instruments in Japan; recording with members of Maroon 5; performing on Broadway and Off-Broadway, television, radio, and commercial recordings. A frequent performer of new works, he has premiered over 200 works composed for him, including Ned Rorem’s only work for clarinet and piano, “Four Colors.” He studied clarinet at The Juilliard School and Mannes School of Music with Gervase De Peyer, Leon Russianoff, and Kalmen Opperman. Recordings for such labels as Albany, Capstone, DGI, Changing Tones, NJST, and Tonada Records. More information at: www.thomaspiercy.com
Koh Cheng Jin is a Singaporean composer, Yang Qin and violin performer currently based in New York. Recognized as one of the four 2016 new artists by Zaobao Singapore, with an “impressive debut” described by the Straits Times for the premiere of her orchestral work “Horizons.” As a Yang Qin player, she was the First Prize winner of the Singapore National Chinese Music Competition in 2012 and 2014. She has played as a soloist with the Singapore Chinese Orchestra and has appeared as a guest musician with numerous orchestras including the Hsinghai Art Association Chinese Orchestra and the Ding Yi Music Company in Singapore. She is currently a member of the Chinese Music Ensemble of New York. Cheng Jin graduated from School of the Arts Singapore in 2014 with the International Baccalaureate Diploma as a major in Yang Qin. Her Yang Qin teachers include Miss Seah Poh Chun and Miss Qu Jian Qing, and she studied Composition with Dr. Kelly Tang. She is the recipient of Juilliard’s Gluck Community Fellowship and is currently a student of Dr. Robert Beaser at The Juilliard School, generously sponsored by Singapore’s Loke Cheng Kim Foundation. https://www.kohchengjin.com/

Composer/pianist Chen Yihan has been described as “emotional”, “powerful”, “fresh”, “with luminous color”; his music rooted culturally both in his East Asian heritage and the tradition of western Classical music. As a composer, Chen Yihan’s music has been performed across America, Europe, and Asia. His music has been performed by the Juilliard Orchestra in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, and the Symphony Orchestra of the National Opera House at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, China. His choral work “Shui Guang Lian Yan” (Ripples Glisten Away…) was included in Half Moon Rising, an anthology of Chinese choral music published by Edition Peters. His compositions have received numerous honors such as two ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, and the American Prize among others. He has received commissions from the Changzhou Longcheng Symphony Orchestra, China Remixed, conductor Miguel Diniz, violinist Max Tan, Yujie He, clarinetist Thomas Piercy, soprano Chen Nai-Chia, and mezzo-soprano Yu Yulin. Described as “colorful” and “incisive” by the Oregon Artswatch, Mr. Chen made his debut as an orchestra soloist performing with the New World Youth Symphony Orchestra and made his debut at Carnegie Hall at the age of 16. Chen Yihan is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in music composition at Princeton University and holds a master’s degree in music composition from the Juilliard School and bachelor’s degrees in music composition and piano performance from Indiana University Jacobs. His principle teachers include Samuel Adler, Claude Baker, Don Freund, P. Q. Phan, Christopher Rouse, Sven-David Sandström, and Aaron Travers, Arnaldo Cohen, and Dr. Karen Taylor. https://www.yihanmusic.com/



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