Yii Kah Hoe portrait concert & music from China-ASEAN
Presented by KLSCAH – Women Section, in collaboration with SEGi College Subang Jaya, Society of Malaysian Contemporary Composers, RTM – Ai Fm, Petaling Street Art House and The China-ASEAN Music Week
Date:3rd June 2014
Venue:The KL & Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall
Entrance Tickets: RM20 – RM50
With an international gathering of musicians from Malaysia, Nanning China, America, Canada and Japan, ‘Echoes from the South’ aims to bring to you a unique contemporary music experience.
The concert in Malaysia however, will be held on the 3rd of June, 7.30 pm at the KL & Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall as our local artists join hands with the musicians from Nanning for a one-time performance not to be missed! Besides that, ‘Echoes from the South’ also features renowned soprano from Canada, Anne Harley, pianist Jodi Goble and oboist Keri McCarthy from the United States of America, and flutist Daisuke Kino-shita from Japan.
This distinct merging of musicians is surely one of the biggest art events of the Malaysian musical scene in the year 2014. The concert ‘Echoes from the South’ can be divided into two parts. The first of which will be filled with the programmes from the China-ASEAN music week as the Li Jiang Chamber Ensemble performs Chinese pieces from various composers and some Guang Xi traditional music.
The second counterpart is much more localised, with a portrait concert of our very own Malaysian composer Yii Kah Hoe. Highlights of this portrait concert include a song cycles to be performed by Anne Harley, an oboe solo piece to be played by Keri McCarthy, flute solo to be played by Daisuke Kino-Shita and piano solo to be played by Malaysian pianist Nicholas Ong, and a finale with music from the Malaysian High Wind Ensemble and narrative from Chong Keat Aun as he tells a tale long told from our local Orang Asli.
Musician | Anne Harley, Soprano
Anne Harley BA (Yale College); MMus (Boston University); Opera Certificate (Boston University Opera Institute); DMA (Boston University) is a prize-winning performer-scholar and an educator based in Claremont, CA. Born in Toronto, Canada, Anne Harley moved to the US to study comparative literature at Yale University and then to Boston, where she trained in voice and opera performance at Boston University. In 2006, she completed her doctorate there in Historical Performance supported by a Dean’s Scholarship. Since 2009, she teaches voice, music history and interdisciplinary humanities at Scripps College, and specializes in performing music from challenging and ground-breaking contemporary composers as well as music from early oral and written traditions in Europe, America and Russia.
She has premiered, performed and recorded works by contemporary composers Evan Ziporyn, John Adams, Lee Hoiby, Louis Andriessen, Peter Eotvös and John Harbison, Jodi Goble, Christine Southworth, Moshe Shulman, Yii Kah Hoe and Chaipruck Mekara, among others. She performs in North America, Europe and Asia and has appeared as soloist with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (Angels in America), Opera Boston (Nixon in China), American Repertory Theatre (Oedipus), Handel & Haydn Society, Boston Camerata, and at the Banff Centre for the Arts and at the Tanglewood Festival. She founded the new music project “Voices Of The Pearl,” which commissions song cycles to texts by and about female esoteric practitioners from all world traditions (www.voicesoftherpearl.org).
She is extremely committed to interdisciplinary and intercultural projects that incorporate new media and movement in the service of music and drama. In 2009-10, she performed the role of Margaret Mead in the world and US premières of Ziporyn’s opera A House in Bali, in Bali, San Francisco, Boston and New York, performing with gamelan, Bang-On-A-Can Ensemble and Balinese traditional singers and dancers. She stage-directed full productions of several standard operas with orchestra (Harvard’s Lowell House Opera; UNC Charlotte) with undergraduates and pre-professionals.
She leads the ground-breaking early Russian music ensemble, TALISMAN with Dr. Oleg Timofeyev. Their first recording project of modern-day premieres of music by women composers from the court of Catherine the Great won the Noah Greenberg award from the American Musicological Society and garnered praise from Gramophone. Her latest project, Voices of the Pearl, commissions, performs and records new song cycles setting texts from female esoteric practitioners from all world traditions.
Her solo performances are available on Hänssler Profil, Naxos, Sony Classics, Canteloupe, Musica Omnia, einKlang and BMOP/sound, among others.
Musician | Jodi Goble, piano
Collaborative pianist and composer Jodi Goble has been a Lecturer in Voice at Iowa State University since 2009, where she coaches singers, music-directs the ISU Opera Studio, and teaches diction and song literature. She was a lecturer and pianist-coach at the Boston University College of Fine Arts for nine years, the senior vocal coach and Coordinator of Opera Programs for the Boston University Tanglewood Institute for twelve summer seasons, diction and song literature faculty at the Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts in Natick, MA, and the primary rehearsal pianist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Tanglewood Festival Chorus. Her work with the TFC took her from Boston’s Symphony Hall to Carnegie Hall in New York City, across six European countries, and back to Tanglewood, where she performed on the TFC’s annual Prelude Concert at Seiji Ozawa Hall. During her tenure with the Boston Symphony, she was privileged to play under conductors James Levine, Bernard Haitink, Sir Colin Davis, Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, Keith Lockhart, and Seiji Ozawa, and to collaborate in rehearsal with artists such as José van Dam, Paul Groves, Yvonne Naef, Stephanie Blythe, Marcello Giordano, and Peter Serkin.
Ms. Goble collaborates regularly in recital with renowned operatic bass-baritone Simon Estes, both locally and across the United States, and is his official collaborator for the Iowa Roots and Wings concert tour, as well as the pianist and artistic director for the Simon Estes Young Artist Concert Series. She performs regularly in recital with artists affiliated with the Des Moines Metropolitan Opera, and has been the official pianist of the Metropolitan Opera Guild Auditions in Iowa since 2009.
Goble holds bachelor’s degrees in violin and piano performance from Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, IL, and a M.M. in collaborative piano and chamber music from Ball State University in Muncie, IN.
Musician | Keri McCarthy, Oboe
Keri E. McCarthy currently teaches as Associate Professor of Oboe and Music History at Washington State University. Having returned to the United States after teaching oboe at Mahidol University in Thailand, Dr. McCarthy is continuing to cultivate an international reputation as a chamber musician, soloist, and clinician.
Dr. McCarthy has been active as a performer and researcher throughout Southeast Asia. In 2013 she helped to found the Light through Music project, bringing double reed instruments (oboe and bassoon) and instruction to music centers in Myanmar. In 2011, she completed a Fulbright award in Bangkok, Thailand, researching connections between Thai traditional and contemporary musics, and commissioning Thai and Malaysian composers, and performing new works with professional oboists in the Philippines, Thailand, and Singapore. She also completed a 2008 solo tour of Southeast Asia, premiering works by composers from Vietnam, Indonesia,Thailand and Malaysia. She has premiered works by American composers at International Double Reed Society Conferences in 2006 and 2007, and was featured playing the Mozart Oboe Concerto with the Washington-Idaho Symphony in December 2011.
Keri currently performs as co-principle oboist of the Washington-Idaho Symphony and in the Solstice Wind Quintet. She has held oboe and English horn positions with the Salaya and Evansville Philharmonics and the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra. She has performed with the New Haven, Binghamton, Syracuse, Spokane and Louisville Symphonies, and the Nashville and Indianapolis Chamber Orchestras.
Musician | Daiske Kino-Shita, Flute
Daiske Kino-Shita was born in 1977 in Kanazawa, Japan. He pursued his music studies at Senzoku Junior College, Toho Orchestra Academy, Hamburger Konservatorium (as an Absendungsstudent of the Ishikawa Prefecture), and Hochschule für Musik und Künste Bremen (with Hiroshi Koizumi, Juergn Franz, Helen Bledsoe, and Harrie Starreveld).
On top of receiving numerous prizes in Ishikawa, he is also a finalist at the Japan Contemporary Music Competition, at which he received the jury special prize twice. For his ensemble experience, he was the principal flutist of Guiyang Symphony Orchestra. Contemporary music festivals in which he has played in include the Donaueschingen Festival pre-stage, East Asian International Contemporary Music Festival, and Suntory Summer Music Festival.
In addition, he also took private composition lessons with Kiyosi Matsumoto and Kouji Aoyama. Tokyo Wonder Site artist in residence 2012.
Currently, he is the chairman of Asian Contemporary Music Society (ADOK), lecturer of Fukuyama Heisei University, and the member of Japan Finland Contemporary Music Society.
Ensemble | High Wind Ensemble
High Winds is the first classical ensemble in Malaysia whose members are all Malaysians. They were founded in 2004 by the Education and Outreach Department of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) under the leadership of Mr Joost C. Flach, Co-Principal Oboist of the MPO.
Musician | Nicholas Ong, Piano
Dr. Nicholas Ong won first prize at the Yvonne Lefébure International Piano Competition in France and was a finalist at the Clara Haskil International Piano Competition in Switzerland. He began piano lessons in Malaysia was awarded a French Government Scholarship to study at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, where he graduated with the highest distinction. He later obtained a Master of Music degree at the Peabody Conservatory-Johns Hopkins University, and the Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance at the Juilliard School in New York.
Dr. Ong has performed in numerous concerts in the United States, Europe and Asia – Alice Tully Hall, Miller Theatre in New York, Salle Gaveau, Salle Cortot in Paris, Seoul Arts Center, the Lee Foundation Theatre in Singapore, Dewan Filharmonik Petronas, UM Experimental Theatre, and in Festivals – Castleton Festival, Focus! Festival, Chopin Festival in Paris, Festival de l’Orangerie, the Villa Medicis Festival in Rome, and the SMCC SoundBridge Contemporary Music Festival. He teaches at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) in Singapore and maintains a private studio in Kuala Lumpur.