The New Performance Group; John Weller, violin; Ella Marie Gray, violin; Melissa Hamilton, viola; Walter Gray, cello; Paul Taub, alto flute, piccolo; Matthew Kocmieroski, percussion; Thomasa Eckert, piano; Bun-Ching Lam, piano;
Mountain - Water - Clear - Remote. Four single words, yet together they have the power to suggest a vast landscape. Composer Bun-Ching Lam loves to explore just such complexity hidden within simplicity. She meticulously develops basic musical materials‹such as tone, texture, and movement-into intricate, elegant works of beauty.
Bun-Ching Lam didn't always envision herself a 'painter' of aural landscapes, however. Born in 1954 in the Portuguese colony of Macau, she trained first as a pianist and received her bachelor's degree in performance from the Chinese University in Hong Kong. She only began composing in 1976, when she moved to the United States as a scholarship student at the University of California at San Diego, where her teachers included Bernard Rands, Robert Erickson, Roger Reynolds, and Pauline Oliveros, and where she received a Ph.D. in composition in 1981. From 1981 to 1986 Lam taught at the Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. Since then, she has won a Rome Prize and received numerous grants; her works have been featured around the world at prestigious venues (Carnegie Hall: Sudden Thunder, American Composers Orchestra) and festivals (Bang On A Can, Pacific Soundings, Aspekte).
This title, originally issued on the CRI label, is now available for order from New World Records as an on-demand CD (CD-R). It can also be downloaded in MP3/320, FLAC and/or WAV format(s).