for 2 erhu, zhonghu, cello, yangqin, percussion
‘Ripples 波紋’ begins quietly and meditatively, drawing the listener in to the deliberate movements of each instrument. As the piece develops, the instruments begin to move more, and create ripples of sound that interact with and complement one another. A quick, joyous section in the middle is like a burst of sunlight amongst the calmness of the surrounding sections, and fades away just a quickly as it had begun. In the second half of the piece the consistent movement in the lower register of the yangqin reminds one of rain steadily falling onto a surface of water, creating ripples. The piece ends quietly, just as it had begun, and fades off into silence.
for 2 erhu, zhonghu, cello, guzheng, percussion
‘Waves 波浪’ is a continuation of the piece ‘Ripples 波紋,’ debuted by the Dim Sum Ensemble in 2013 at their inaugural concert. ‘Waves 波浪’ has a deeper, darker, and more contemplative sound, building on what was already established in ‘Ripples 波紋,’ and developing it further. New melodic material is introduced, while there are brief hints of previous melodies from ‘Ripples 波紋.’ As waves are bigger than ripples, so too is this piece bigger, and more bombastic than the previous one. During the end, the repeating arpeggiated motifs in the guzheng and cello, and the short melody that accompanies them hint at things to come in the third piece of this series.
for 2 erhu, zhonghu, cello, yangqin, guzheng, percussion (est. 2021)