World Premiere of Awakening from a Disappearing Garden
Yo-Yo Ma and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Robert Spano, presented the world premiere of composer Angel Lam’s new work: Awakening From a Disappearing Garden for solo cello and orchestra on October 15, 2009.
Yo-Yo’s relationship to the composer goes back to 2005-2006, when she was awarded a Carnegie Hall Emerging Composer Commission. The resulting work, Empty Mountain Spirit Rain, was developed in part in a workshop setting with the Silk Road Ensemble in March 2005 and was also part of the Carnegie Hall/Tanglewood Music Center/Silk Road Project workshop in August 2006. This piece has been part of the touring repertoire for the Silk Road Ensemble for several years and has been recorded by the SRE.
Lam’s music reflects the beauty she finds in everyday life. Her works begin life as a narrative; through her own short stories that form an integral part of her compositional method, drawing on Western and Chinese classical sources.
In Awakening from a Disappearing Garden, (commissioned by Carnegie Hall through the generosity of Henry R. Kravis in honor of his wife Marie-Josée) Lam’s story is “about two women, two different generations, two different eras, in a society that had turned our nature upside down and then upside down again . . .”
The New York premiere will take place at Carnegie Hall as part of it’s “Ancient Paths Modern Voices: A Festival Celebrating Chinese Culture” on November 7, 2009.