On October 5 of 2014, Toronto-based erhu player Amely Zhou held her inaugural concert ‘A Journey Into The Love Of Erhu 胡情之旅’ at York University. She had invited me to compose a brand new piece for her to premier at this concert, and I graciously accepted. Composed for erhu and piano, ‘Wind Chaser 逐風旅人’ is a piece that I am tremendously proud of. Compositionally, it utilizes both the idiomatic pentatonic nature of Chinese traditional music, as well as more contemporary ideas. In this piece I took the opportunity to play around with some of the erhu’s more extended techniques, as well as its its virtuosity, versatility, and emotiveness.
Alas, there is no recording of the piece available online yet, but I do hope to make a recording and video of it in the not too distant future.
‘Wind Chaser‘ takes the listener on a musical journey, and tells a story of love, contemplation, and adventure. Like someone running through the hills, trying to grasp the wind, so does life itself elude us. It can slip through our fingers just as soon as we grab hold of it. Composed for Amely Zhou, this piece showcases the expressiveness, the virtuosity, as well as some special techniques of the erhu, and receives it’s world premier tonight.