All Press Releases for September 30, 2010

2010-2011 Concert Season to Culminate in Composer's Homecoming Recital, Marking the Ten-Year Anniversary of Her Musical Pursuits Overseas

The 2010-2011 concert season brings crucial and diverse opportunities for Singapore-born Chinese-American composer Jean Y. Foo to challenge the status quo and to reach greater visions in the global contemporary music scene.

    BOSTON, MA, September 30, 2010 /24-7PressRelease/ -- The 2010-2011 concert season brings crucial and diverse opportunities for composer Jean Y. Foo to challenge the status quo and to reach greater visions in the global contemporary music scene. Musicians, scholars and audiences alike are anticipating her 2011 homecoming recital in Singapore, which will mark the ten-year anniversary of the commencement of her overseas musical pursuits.

"The time has come for me to move forward with what I have always believed to be my power, role and goal as a composer. This mission, therefore, is to set forth the creation of a musical thought, model or genre by revolutionizing the compositional craft through my musical voice," comments Jean Y. Foo. "This multi-dimensional revolution - from a philosophical, emotional, spiritual, aesthetic and performance standpoint - starts with knowing the self (the creator) and its context in society, past, present and the future. When performers and scholars study my work, two fundamental questions that should always come up are 'What is the revolution here?' and 'What does it mean to interpret and deliver this revolutionary element?' My approach will contribute towards mankind's evolution in their understanding of music. My musical voice should fulfill this mission."

Bringing those visions to fruition is Ms. Foo's appointment this season as Composer-in-Residence with the Arts Sphere Chinese Chamber Ensemble of Singapore. The residency's sold-out opening concert, graced by many prominent musical guests on July 28, demonstrates great support for this composer-ensemble collaboration, which is serving as a platform for Ms. Foo to create works that feature the strength and versatility of Arts Sphere at its concerts throughout the season.

"For Jean to conceptualize and lead our first Composer-in-Residence program is a milestone in Art Sphere's commitment to delivering high-level and thoughtful reflections on Chinese music. This is especially crucial for the development of contemporary Chinese chamber music locally and globally," comments Dedric Wong De Li, President of the ensemble. "Arts Sphere looks forward to presenting Ms. Foo's dedicated works, in particular her homecoming recital in June of 2011."

Outside of her home country, Ms. Foo's commissioned and requested works are scheduled for premieres and repeat performances by various musical groups. London's rarescale will perform a new piece for alto flute and soprano as a featured premiere, and another work for the guqin and the 45-member Shenzhen Senior High School Lily Children's Choir will premiere this season as well. On October 12, the closing concert of the double bass competition for the 4th Zhongyin Cup will showcase Ms. Foo's signature interpretation of the ancient tunes "Jiu Kuang" and "Mei Hua San Nong."

For anyone who wants to understand Ms. Foo and her work more profoundly, the respected music networking site will begin producing a short series of video interviews with her in October. The interview series promises to deliver a fresh, even intimate perspective on Ms. Foo and her pieces. Ms. Foo recently established a new profile on iCadenza, which is already developing buzz in the contemporary music world as it develops a reputation as a premium way to bring fans and musicians together.

Visit Jean Y. Foo's website or her profile pages on iCadenza and Facebook to stay updated on her musical activities.

About Jean Y. Foo

Singapore-born Chinese-American composer Jean Y. Foo (b. 1982) has collaborated internationally with many first-rate ensembles and artists, and her music has been presented at hallmark venues and events across the globe, including the Cairo Opera House, the Forbidden City Concert Hall (Beijing), and other respected halls and festivals.

In July 2007, world renowned piano manufacturer Besendorfer China presented Ms. Foo's Beijing recital Besendorfer Night - A Concert of Solo and Chamber Works by Jean Y. Foo at the Beijing Golden Music Hall. In June 2005, Ms. Foo was selected by an international jury for the Global Interplay program, an important one-year project of the International Society of Contemporary Music (ISCM) - 2006 World New Music Festival for young composers across the world to interact on a global platform. Ms. Foo was also a recipient of the Singapore National Arts Council Bursary (Overseas) from 2001 to 2004.

For more information on Jean Y. Foo or her music, please visit or contact her Manager and Publicist Brandon Irvine at [email protected].

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