For overtone singing with taishōgoto, dizi, qinqin / zhongruan, chaozhou zheng, viola, cello, piano and singing bowls / thumb piano 為泛音詠唱 / 大正琴, 笛子, 秦琴 / 中阮, 潮州箏, 中提琴, 大提琴, 鋼琴及頌缽 / 姆指琴而作
Instrumentation: overtone singing / taishōgoto, dizi, qinqin / zhongruan, chaozhou zheng, viola, cello, piano and singing bowls/ thumb piano
World premiere: 13 June 2018, HKAPA Recital Hall, HK
‘The Ancient Voice’ is a series of works which explores the possibilities of the ancient, traditional voice, music and instrument around the world. ‘The Ancient Voice No.3’ is written for Indian instrument sitar and overtone singing while ‘The Ancient No.5’ is written for Japanese instrument taishōgoto and overtone singing. In this time, ‘The Ancient Voice No.7’ is written for different instruments around the world in order to explore and experiment the unique combination of particular sound and the overall soundscape with those instruments.
On the other hand, I believe that there should be no any boundaries between ‘composer’ and ‘performer’. Everyone at any time and places could be both music creator and interpreter. A good musician should be able to compose while interpreting and compose while interpreting. Therefore, I have set some improvisational sections for the players to respond and interact with each other in order to express and contribute their voice and musicality on the music.