2 chinese flutes (dizi), 1 mouth organ (sheng), 4 plucked strings (yangqin, zheng, pipa, ruan), 2 bowed strings (erhu, zhonghu)
premiered by Chan Chi-chun and Chan Chi-yuk (dizis) in Hong Kong Arts Festival, City Hall Theatre, 18 March 2011
Drumming Ridge I – for dizi (chinese flute) and string quartet
premiered by Yeung Wai Kit Ricky, dizi; Fulcrum Point ensemble, Chicago, Feb 2010
Drumming Ridge II – for dizi, pipa, 2 erhus, zhonghu, cello
Ta Kwu Ling, literally “Drumming Ridge”, is a series of hill-tops in the northern area of Hong Kong, close to the border with mainland china. It was said that in the Qing Dynasty, villagers beat a huge drum on the hill top to aleart their fellow villagers to defend against invaders. Later, it has been a major pathway for people who fled to Hong Kong during times of war and famine. In present days, its name is often heard in weather reports since it often experiences the highest and lowest temperatures. As a city in the sub-tropical region, it is rare that frost can be seen in this area in the winter. This piece is written for dizi and string quartet, with a percussive touch and military-like passages that suggests imaginations from its title.
written in 2002
premiered by Ricky Yeung and Qian Jing in 2002
The title of this piece comes from the Weiyuan Lake (未圓湖) in the Chinese University of Hong Kong and a famous Kun opera (崑劇) tune Youyuan Jinmeng (遊園驚夢). Weiyuan, literally means a not yet finished mission; Jinmeng, literally means a surprising dream. It was composed before the end of the undergraduate life of the university. The piece is written for dizi (笛子, a Chinese bamboo flute) performed by Ricky Yeung, and zheng (箏, a 21-string zither) performed by Qian Jing.