I’m very excited that I’ll be presenting my new work Harbwr at a workshop with Trio Anima, as part of the BFE/RMA Research Students’ Conference in Cardiff in January.
This work is inspired by harbours, a geographical feature that connects Cardiff and my hometown Hong Kong.
Harbours embody contrasting things: they’re always the first step in maritime colonialism, a nexus towards the world; but also a safe space shielding ships from storms. ‘Harbwr’ highlight the contrast between the outward- and inward-facing sides, which is a metaphor for outward- and inward-facing aspects of one’s identity, as exemplified by one’s different names.
This soundscape echoes my research on musical space, explores what the ideas of ‘out’ and ‘in’ can mean in music: I’ve looked into how post-tonal composers navigate fluidly ‘inside’ and ‘outside’ a harmonic space.