Last summer, after the Toronto Chinese Orchestra‘s ‘Boundless Songs of Love’ concert, I was approached by one of the co-founders of the Toronto based fusion band Spire to compose an original piece for them.
Comprised of both Western and Chinese instruments (dizi, violin, erhu, pipa, cello, piano, and drums), I looked forward to composing a new piece for this unique group. The completed composition, ‘Through Time,’ premiered at Spire’s first concert titled ‘Reborn,’ which was held at the Toronto Modern Art Academy in Richmond Hill on September 14, 2012.
‘Through Time’ is an original composition written specifically for Spire. Effectively blending both Western and Eastern musical styles, each instrument plays a vital role in creating the overall sound of the piece, and their individual lines join together to create multiple simultaneous melodies and harmonies. ‘Through Time’ evokes a sense of timelessness and eternity, and is a musical journey that aims to tell a story without words.
Photos: Richard Ng