Lam Manyee [Lin Minyi]
- Barbara Mittler
(b Hong Kong, Sept 10, 1950). Hong Kong Chinese composer, songwriter and performer. She graduated in sociology and psychology from the University of Hong Kong (1972). While working for a diploma in piano performance at the Conservatorio di S Cecilia in Rome, Lam followed a course in electronic music and began to study composition with Evangelisti (1973–6), then later with Ferneyhough at the Freiburg Hochschule für Musik (1979–82). She established a career in Hong Kong and New Jersey as a freelance composer and producer of classical and popular music. Many of Lam's compositions have a distinct philosophical flavour. In Die Meng she explores a question about existence posed by the Daoist philosopher Zhuangzi. In the similarly existentialist Is there Life on Mars? (1997), she interweaves electronic and natural sounds with snippets of speech, including quasi-scientific information, elaborately far-fetched menus and philosophical statements. Another approach to the same question is ...