Programme Notes

    《Timekeepers》Commissioned by the Sound of Dragon Ensemble, with funding from the Canada Council for the Arts
    Instrumentation: Dizi, Flute, 2 Erhu, Guitar, Ruan, Cello, Percussion
    Timekeepersis a lighthearted and quirky piece that plays with rhythmic pulse. Various combinations of instruments take turns laying down a rhythmic grid that is then distorted, interrupted or layered with other material that either complements or conflicts. The result is a constantly-changing landscape of patterns and pulse, coloured by whimsical elements that include microtonal detuning, zipping noises, scrapes and pops.