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date: 17 August 2019

Lam Bun-chinglocked

  • Harrison Ryker

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(b Macau, June 26, 1954). Macanese composer. She graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong (1976), then completed the PhD (1981) at the University of California at San Diego, studying composition with Erickson, Oliveros, Rands and Reynolds. From 1981 to 1986 she taught at Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle. Since then, living in New York, she has concentrated on composing. She has been composer-in-residence for the American Dance Festival, Durham, North Carolina (1986), and been involved in several Meet the Composer programmes. Awards include a first prize at Aspen, Colorado (1980), the Prix de Rome (1992) and the Lili Boulanger Award (1992), as well as inclusion in the ISCM World Music Days in 1988.

Works such as Springwaters (1980) display a sensitive, eclectic ear for harmony (after Debussy and Takemitsu) and a strong sense of instrumental colour, also apparent in a series of commissions for instruments, ranging from the cello and trombone to the pipa, which owe much to Lam’s involvement with performers. Traditional Chinese music and calligraphy seem reflected in moments of stillness, punctuated by intense activity, as in ...

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