Drift for alto saxophone and harp (2016)
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Drift is written for the Rhythmic (躍韻) 2nd Anniversary Gala in the summer of 2016 in Hong Kong, performed by saxophonist Masanori Oishi and harpist Judy, Ching Man Ho. This piece is inspired by Chinese “Shan Shui” (山水) painting that traditionally depicts scenery or natural landscapes of the old China, using brush and ink.
The piece is then divided into five short movements, each capturing an impression of the drifting motion: drifting on downstream water, drifting away in the air, drifting in a steady tempo, drifting in irregular motions, drifting in unexpected currents, etc., as well as the actual movements of the “drifting” hand while painting in such style. The eventual subject of what is drifted away is left to the imagination of the listeners.
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