Living Under Water 水面下生存

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The title of this piece was conceived during a conversation with a transgender individual in Tokyo, during which he used this expression to describe the lives of sexual minorities in the less urbanized regions of his country. Musically, it was an experiment with odd time signatures. I first wrote short, repeating piano patterns in 4/4, 3/4, 5/8, and 13/8 time, and added simple melody lines for the xiao on top of them. The cello plays partly to a score, partly improvises, while the saxophone is left to its own to pursue whatever fits, adding up to what might seem to be complex arrangement.

有一次在東京和一位跨性別人士聊天,他把日本鄉郊地方的性小眾的生活形容為「水面下生存」,後來我把這詞語當作曲題開始創作。在音樂層面上,這是一次實驗之旅,採用了不尋常的拍子。我首先以 4/4、3/4、5/8和13/8的節奏創作了簡短而重複的鋼琴音節,然後在其上為洞簫寫出簡單的主旋律。大提琴一半跟著樂譜去拉,一邊即興而奏;色士風則完全是隨興而至的自由演奏,最後產出這個聽起來有點複雜的編曲。

-- AF


from Crossings, released January 31, 2018
Composed by Arnold Fang
Arranged by Sea Island & Ferry


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Sea Island & Ferry

“Sea Island & Ferry” is a "neo-chamber ensemble" from Hong Kong, with member playing both Western as well as Chinese traditional instruments. Formed in 2016 as a concoction of piano, xiao (Chinese flute), cello and saxophone, the group will release its first album "Crossings" in early 2018.

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