Sforzando 音乐会于 9月16日 晚上7：30 在 ARTOSINO 举行
Concert: September 16, 7:30 pm
265 West 37th street, 16th Floor, New York, NY 10018
Sounds of War
Sforzando Composer’s Collective is collaborating with the Artosino Gallery, as well as with Lu Liu (Pipa performer), Elaine He (Visual Artist), and Mengtai Zhang (Digital & Visual), to bring you “Sounds of War”—a powerful artistic combination of visual art and music based on the cultural changes that happened before, during, and after World War II on Eastern and Western cultures.
The concert will feature five premieres by Yunzhuo Gan, Cat Phang, Fabian Beltran, Brian Morales, and Shunyin Wang Dukovski performed by an excellent group of musicians comprised of Lu Liu (Pipa), Ben Larsen (Cello), Julia Suh (violin), Yunzhuo Gan (Dulcimer), Ford Fourqurean (Clarinet), Jihye Lee (Voice).
Sforzando is a collective of composers in New York City, who seek to promote, organize, and produce new music and new multidisciplinary artistic collaborations.
Lu Liu a consultant, manager, and producer in the field of arts and culture management. Originally from Beijing, China, Lu holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with an emphasis in English Literature and Master of Arts and Cultural Management degree from Pratt Institute. In her role as a manager and developer, she has worked with Target Margin Theater, DreamWorks High-tech stage adaption of the film How to Train Your Dragon, Elevator Repair Service Theater, Off-Broadway Show Stomp, Weiber Consulting, New York Fashion Week, and Chinese Music Ensemble of New York. As a marketing and strategic planning consultant, Lu has consulted to diverse arts organizations including theaters, orchestras, chamber music groups, film festivals and museums. She holds the value of producing live theater and concert to change how we think and live.
YunZhuo Gan is one of the founders of the Sforzando.
Catherine Phang was born in 1991 in Madison, Wisconsin and begun studying piano at age of four. In 2007, she began her professional composition lessons with composer Jung Min Ahn, currently the music director at Choong-Mu Art Hall in Seoul Korea. Since then, Catherine has written music for several combinations of chamber orchestra, chamber ensemble, choir and electronic music. She also collaborated with dancers, theatre, film, and art installation. Catherine holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Composition from the University of Hartford—the Hartt School in West Hartford, CT where she studied composition with Larry Alan Smith, Ken Steen (Electronic Music), and piano with David Westfall, Paul Rutman, and Susan Cheng. During her academic years, Catherine was included in both the Hartt School Dean’s List, and the University President List for her academic achievements. Additionally, she was also the recipient of a Kountz Fellowship 2013-14, that was based on her commendable work as a BM composer at the Hartt School. Recently, Catherine received her Master’s degree in composition from the Manhattan School of Music where she studied with Richard Danielpour.
Yunzhuo Gan is a Chinese dulcimer performer and composer. Recently, Yunzhuo completed an M.M. in composition at the Manhattan School of Music where she studied with Marjorie Merryman. As a performer, Yunzhuo has had multiple performances throughout the world. Significant events include two performances for the former president of China at the Shanghai World Expo and Paralympic Games, as well as performances at the Cannes International Film Festival and the Prague Spring Music Festival. As a composer, Yunzhuo was the recipient of the EACA International Composition Competition award, and the TMSK Liu Tianhua National Composition Competition award. In addition, Yunzhuo wrote the music and songs for the Chinese film” The Continuation of Love” which won the “second batch of key recommended film” and “5.12 Wenchuan Earthquake Memorial Tribute film” awards by The State Administration of Radio Film and Television of China. Other notable performances include the composition of a work in commemoration of the 2014 Shanghai New Year’s Concert, and a concert titled The Charm in Carnegie Hall presented at Carnegie Hall in 2016. Yunzhuo’s works have been featured in venues such as the Merkin Hall, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts, and at the National Sawdust.
Fabian Beltran was born in Bogota, Colombia where he became interestedin art and music at an early age. Without any formal training, he became proficient in multiple instruments and performed an extensive array of popular musical styles. Fabian holds a B.A. in music composition from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and an M.M. in classical composition from the Manhattan School of Music where he studied with Richard Danielpour. Fabian has been the recipient of multiple composition awards, such as the UTSA Reed Holmes Composition Award, Texas Young Composers Russell Horn Award, Memphis Belvedere Chamber Music Competition (2nd place award), and was one of the winners of the Indiana State University Music Now competition of 2015. In addition, his compositions have won performances by multiple ensembles, and have been featured in numerous venues and festivals across the U.S.
Shunyin Celine Wang is a composer and pianist originally from Shanghai, China. She started playing music at an early age and then began composing at the age of twelve. Celine attended and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree from the Shanghai Conservatory before relocating to NYC in 2014. In 2016, she received her M.M. from the Manhattan School of Music where she studied with Dr. Reiko Fueting. Celine has participated in several music festivals and had the privilege of having some of her works premiered at the “Spring of Shanghai” Music Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, and the Etchings Festival for Contemporary Music.
Brian Morales is a composer, orchestrator, and conductor. He is recent graduate from the Manhattan School of Music in the studio of Richard Danielpour. He completed his undergraduate studies at California State University of Fullerton under the tutelage of Pamela Madson and Lloyd Rodgers. Brian’s career in music began in Los Angeles, California with theater orchestrations and film scoring; his most notable projects included The Color Purple (Menier Chocolate Factory, London) and The Trouble With Words (Courage Theater, Los Angeles). Recent projects in New York have included conducting and orchestrating The Tinder Opera and Something Blue (Opera) and composing music for the ballet productions, Was It A Dream?, choreographed by Temple Kemezis which premiered at the NYC10 Dance Festival and Blank Space; choreographed by Julia Bengtsson and premiered at Higher Ground Festival.
Lu Liu is a professional pipa performer. She has learned pipa from China Conservatory of Music’s Professor Yong Ge and award winning musician Yi Zhou. She is a member of China Nationalities Orchestra Society and has played almost twenty years under the influence of her grandparents, who were performers in the Peking Opera. She was the lead performer among hundreds of pipa players in Zhao Jun International Cultural Event and won first prize in Beijing University Orchestra Competition. As one of the members of Chinese Music Ensemble of New York, Ba Ban Chinese Music Society, Hua Mei Orchestra, and Columbia University Harmony. She has given solo and group performances at Merkin Hall Concerts, Stringed and Woodwind Music concert, Empire State Building Tower Lighting, Federal Hall Event, UN Arts Exhibition, N.Y. Senator Jesse Hamilton State of the DistrictAwards, International Music Night Series, Teach for America, Barclays Center Lunar New Year Celebration, Ernst & Young Chinese New Year Celebration and the others.
Benjamin Larsen made his solo debut in 1999, to critical acclaim, at the Merryall Center for the Arts, and has since performed around the U.S., Europe and Asia. His cello teachers include Eric Dahlin, David Finckel, Marta Istomin, Julia Lichten, and Clive Greensmith, as well as lessons with Bonnie Hampton, and his chamber music mentors include members of the Emerson, Tokyo, and American String Quartets, Robert Mann, Peter Frankl, Andre Michel Schub, and Daniel Epstein. Mr. Larsen has also participated in the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Quartet Program, Music@Menlo and Pacific Music Festival. He has performed with the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra, and the Shattered Glass Ensemble. Mr. Larsen holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Manhattan School of Music, where he received the Hans and Klara Bauer Scholarship and the 2011 Pablo Casals award. He is also founder and artistic director of Concerts on the Slope, a chamber music series in Brooklyn and lower Manhattan.
Julia (Jung Un) Suh is a Korean violinist Julia and an avid performer of contemporary music. She played with various award-winning ensembles such as the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble and San Francisco Contemporary Music Players under the artistic director, Steven Schick in 2016. Ms. Suh got invited to the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra in Switzerland in 2016 and 2017, where she served as a principal second violin. During the festival, she performed under renowned conductors including Matthias Pintscher, Alan Gilbert, Susanna Mälkki, and Heinz Holliger in venues including KKL concert hall in Lucerne, and Laeiszhalle, and Elbphilharmonie concert hall in Hamburg. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music under Milan Vitek with a minor in Music Theory and received her performance studies diploma from San Francisco Conservatory of Musicunder Ian Swensen. She enjoys listening to electronic music, swimming, boxing, finding fashion inspirations and hunting for beautiful nature views during her spare time. She currently lives in New York, NY, pursuing a Master’s degree in Contemporary violin performance at Manhattan School of Music.
Jihye Lee is a rising Korean jazz composer, singer and bandleader. She earned many scholarships and awards during her studies at the Manhattan School of Music and Berklee College of Music, where she had the opportunity to work with world-renowned faculty including Jim McNeely and Greg Hopkins. Lee released her first orchestra album, April, in February 2017, garnering global praise as a fresh original voice on the jazz big band scene.
Ford Fourqurean Ford Fourqurean strives to bring together communities through contemporary music. He is in demand as a guest artist and clinician at universities and institutions throughout the United States. He serves as artistic director of Unheard-of//Ensemble along with many other projects connecting contemporary music to wider audiences. Ford’s 2017-2018 season includes performances at some of New York’s key new music venues including National Sawdust, Shapeshifter Lab, and Spectrum, as well as performances and masterclasses with Unheard-of//Ensemble at universities and institutions across the United States. In past seasons, he has been featured as a part of New Music New Haven, the Composer’s Voice series, the University of Pennsylvania’s Composer’s Guild, NoiseGate Festival, New Music at Firehouse Space, and a concert with Unheard-of at National Sawdust as part of NYC Electroacoustic Music Festival’s Wil(helms|Liams)burg project working with composers Georg Hajdu, Jacob Sello, Xiao Fu, and dancer Christine Witte. He currently teaches as clarinet instructor for the Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School.
Visual and Digital Artists
Elaine He is a Chinese artist and photographer, currently based in Brooklyn, New York. Her work focuses on conveying and discussing the emerging concerns of Self-consciousness today, such as identity consciousness vs social evolution and political issues of Chinese in the United States and Feminism. Human, still life, space and scenery play as the unitary attributes, and they are also visualized as the main structure in her oil paintings and videos. Her work has encompassed photographs, videos, and painting. She has gained an MFA in Digital Art, Digital Imaging at Pratt Institute, 2016. Her paintings and installations have been exhibited nationally and internationally at Metropolitan Pavilion, New York, Knockdown Center, One Art Space, New York and Hebei. Her photography works have been published on ARTNEWS and China Press.
Mengtai Zhang was born in China. He gained a BA degree in Fine art at Goldsmiths, University of London, a MFA degree in Fine arts at School of Visual arts, and studying in Columbia University for sound arts program. He works in participatory elements, sounds and installations, concerned with comprehensively and meticulously rendered allegories of power. Considering make the unfamiliar familiar and raise the awareness about social issue through the listening and sound making. His works been presented in London, Shijiazhuang, Shenzhen, Helsinki, and New York, which included MOCA Shijiazhuang (2014), Handshake 302 (2016), Art Shenzhen (2016), and Space Heater Gallery (2017), and Sound and Music Computing (2017).