Collaborative composition by Fiona Xue Ju and Carolina Santiago
Ping Pong Game
2022 | for grand piano and electronics
(fixed media and live electronics)
Deconstructing the piano as a ping pong table, both artists gave rise to a piece in which musical material was shared back and forth until creating a three-movement work based on the playfulness of the creative act in itself.
Premiered in Hamburg HfMT, 14 July 2022
Dialogue: I, the wind, the dust, the immensity
2021 | for accordion, cello, and field recording of aeolian wind harp installation
Dedicated to John Grzinich’s sound installation “Powerless Flight” aeolian wind harp
This piece is dedicated to John Grzinich’s sound installation “Powerless Flight” aeolian wind harp that was built in an open field near Copper Leg Residency in northern Estonia. This piece is also a reconstruction of my memory of exploring and listening to this sound installation during the residency week on January 2021. I aim to create an environment that is in sync with an actual moving force of nature. It shows a process of gradually noticing the presence of the natural forces, from subtle changes to invisible and massive energies. In this piece, the sound installation in the natural environment is moved to an enclosed space; the dialogue and interaction generated by the acoustic instruments recreate the acoustic characteristics of the wind harp, thus it brings a different listening experience to the audience.
Composer: Fiona Xue Ju
Accordion: Bastien Pouillès
Cello: Carmen Kleykens Vidal
Recorded on May 28, 2021, at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm (Kungliga Musikhögskolan), Lilla Salen concert hall
Sound recording: Giovanni Onorato
Sound editing: Fiona Xue Ju
Video editing: Fiona Xue Ju
Field recording materials of aeolian wind harp installation are recorded by: Fiona Xue Ju / John Grzinich
Photos in video background credit to: https://maaheli.ee/main/powerless-fli…
Premiered on May 28, 2021, in the Lilla Salen concert hall, the Royal College of Music in Stockholm (Kungliga Musikhögskolan), Sweden.
2018 | flute/alto flute and fixed media
For flute/alto flute and fixed media. Inspired by Gerhard Richter’s abstract paintings. I utilized electronically reprocessed sounds of a variety of recorded flute timbres to present the texture of the paintings. During the live performance, the flutist made seveal single sounds which represented the role of a scraper, a brush or the artist himself. The fixed media part shows the effect of the overall color. It was premiered on April 26th 2018 in Warner Concert Hall, Oberlin Conservatory, USA.
2017 | ensemble and fixed media
Suite for 9 musicians and fixed media comprising seven movements based on seven smells: I. Bamboo and Jasmine, II. Rosemary Mint, III. Japanese Cherry Blossom, IV. Ocean Flowers, V. Spiced Pomegranate, VI. Apple Cinnamon, VII. Nag Champa. The electronic and acoustic sounds mixed and filled the air to create an environment or a concept related to the sense of smell. Premiered in April 29th 2017 in Stull Recital Hall, Oberlin Conservatory, USA.
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