Lucia Lin violin
Michael-Thomas Foumai composer
Akshaya Avril Tucker composer
Nicky Sohn composer
Nicolas Lell Benavides composer
Rajna Swaminathan composer
Iman Habibi composer
Kerwin Young composer
David Reminick composer
Dustin Carlson composer
Roger Zare composer
10 emerging composers assemble and offer insight into our societal world through music on IN TANDEM from violinist Lucia Lin. Each work featured on this album represents a social cause close to its composer’s heart, commenting on inequality and breaking down barriers by building social awareness. Orchestrated in intimate duo settings, Lin’s virtuosic violin playing is complemented by a variety of selected string, percussion, piano, and vocal performers, each offering a fresh ingredient to a diverse and conversation-igniting program.
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Track Listing & Credits
|01||Printing Kapa||Michael-Thomas Foumai||Lucia Lin, violin; Charles Overton, harp||8:54|
|02||Dictionary of Falling Flowers||Akshaya Avril Tucker||Lucia Lin, violin; Maria Finkelmeier, percussion||6:04|
|03||Lullaby for Those Fast Asleep||Nicky Sohn||Lucia Lin, violin; Gloria Chien, piano||8:20|
|04||Cuates||Nicolas Lell Benavides||Lucia Lin, violin; Shaw Pong Liu, violin||6:08|
|05||Illuminance: scattered truths||Rajna Swaminathan||Lucia Lin, violin; Rajna Swaminathan, mrudangam/voice||9:30|
|06||Âhūye Kūhī||Iman Habibi||Lucia Lin, violin; Leo Eguchi, cello||5:05|
|07||Lyric for Violin and Harp||Kerwin Young||Lucia Lin, violin; Charles Overton, harp||5:40|
|08||Security||David Reminick||Lucia Lin, violin; Maria Finkelmeier, percussion||4:07|
|09||short myths in many tongues||Dustin Carlson||Lucia Lin, violin; Dustin Carlson, guitar||8:44|
|10||Okjökull Requiem||Roger Zare||Lucia Lin, violin; Gloria Chien, piano||8:46|
Printing Kapa, Dictionary of Falling Flowers, Cuates, Illuminance: scattered truths, Âhūye Kūhī, Lyric for Violin and Harp, Security, short myths in many tongues
Videographer and Audio Engineer Aaron Lockhart
Printing Kapa, Dictionary of Falling Flowers, Cuates, Illuminance: scattered truths, Âhūye Kūhī, Lyric for Violin and Harp, short myths in many tongues
Recorded at Komoloh Studio
Recorded at Studio of Maria Finkelmeier
Lullaby for Those Fast Asleep, Okjökull Requiem
Recorded at M. Steinert & Sons in Boston MA
Videographer and Audio Engineer Patrick Elisha
Post Production Editor Aaron Lockhart
Cover artwork Jing Jing Tsong
Executive Producer Bob Lord
Executive A&R Sam Renshaw
A&R Director Brandon MacNeil
VP of Production Jan Košulič
Audio Director Lucas Paquette
Mastering Brad Michel
VP, Design & Marketing Brett Picknell
Art Director Ryan Harrison
Design Edward A. Fleming, Morgan Hauber
Publicity Patrick Niland, Aidan Curran
Content Manager Sara Warner
Lucia Lin has performed as soloist, as chamber musician, and in orchestras throughout the United States and internationally in a diverse multi-faceted career that also includes teaching and collaborative efforts with both visual and performing arts. Lin made her debut at age 11, performing the Mendelssohn Concerto with the Chicago Symphony and went on to be a prize winner in numerous competitions, including Moscow’s prestigious International Tchaikovsky Competition. Described as a soloist with “virtuosity and insight” who is “passionate and graceful” (Indianapolis Star), and whose playing has “a genuine fresh quality not often heard” (Cincinnati Enquirer), Lin’s performances include solo appearances with orchestras in Europe as well as a solo recital at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.
Michael-Thomas Foumai is a composer of contemporary concert music, arranger, educator, and currently serves on faculty at the University of Hawai‘i West O’ahu. Recent work includes the Hōkūleʻa choral symphony Raise Hawaiki, a multi-organization collaboration that brought together the Hawaiʻi Symphony Orchestra, Oʻahu Chorale Society, Choirs from the University of Hawaiʻi System, Hawaiʻi Youth Opera Chorus, University of Hawaiʻi Foundation and the Polynesian Voyaging Society to the concert stage.
Akshaya Avril Tucker
Akshaya Avril Tucker is a composer who draws inspiration from the music and dance traditions of South Asia, having trained as a cellist and Odissi dancer from a young age.
From ballet to opera to Korean traditional-orchestra, the wide-ranging talent of composer Nicky Sohn is sought after across the United States, Europe, and Asia. Characterized by her jazz-inspired, rhythmically driven themes, Sohn’s work has been described as “like John Adams’ Short Ride in a Fast Machine on steroids” (YourObserver), “dynamic and full of vitality” (The Korea Defense Daily), and having “elegant wonder” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung). As a result, Sohn has enjoyed commissions from the world’s preeminent performing arts institutions, including sold-out performances at the Stuttgart Ballet in Germany, The National Orchestra of Korea, and the Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra.
Nicolas Lell Benavides
Nick Benavides’ music has been praised for finding “…a way to sketch complete characters in swift sure lines…” (Anne Midgette, Washington Post) and cooking up a “jaunty score [with] touches of cabaret, musical theater and Latin dance.” (Tim Smith, OPERA NEWS). He has worked with groups such as the Washington National Opera, The Glimmerglass Festival, West Edge Opera, Nashville Opera, New Opera West, Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, Friction Quartet, and Nomad Session. He aspires to be a storyteller through music, frequently drawing on his Nuevo Mexicano roots and culture. His interview with I Care if You Listen about the importance of culture in music was widely shared.
Rajna Swaminathan is an acclaimed mrudangam (South Indian percussion) artist, composer, and scholar. In her music and research, she explores the undercurrents of rhythmic experience and emergent textures in collective improvisation. Described as “a vital new voice” (Pop Matters), Swaminathan’s creative trajectory blossomed through a search for resonance and fluidity among musical forms and aesthetic worlds.
Iman Habibi, D.M.A. (University of Michigan), is an Iranian-Canadian composer and pianist, and a founding member of the piano duo ensemble, Piano Pinnacle.
Kerwin Young is a prolific international concert and media composer and recording producer, whose music has served as social commentary the world over since 1989.
With his music described as “bracing, original, and often jaw-dropping” (New Music Box), composer David Reminick brings a rigorous and frequently hyper-kinetic approach to contemporary concert music, and a cogent and structurally complex approach to his post-punk endeavors.
Dustin Carlson is a Brooklyn based guitarist with his own voice, but a voice that keeps shifting around in further and otherly ways; he’s still in motion. His work reflects his deep fascination with time, music, physical movement, soul, and culture. He has two releases under his own name, Air Ceremony (Out Of Your Head Records), and Shakes/The Noise of Wings (Very Special Recordings) as well as many collaborations spanning worlds known by such words as dance, theater, jazz, math rock, ambient music, revolutionary folk, chamber music, noise, and pop. For more information visit www.dustinjcarlson.com.
Roger Zare has been praised for his “enviable grasp of orchestration” (New York Times) and for writing music with “formal clarity and an alluringly mercurial surface.” Often inspired by science, nature, and mythology, he seeks to create compositions that are vividly descriptive.
Equally at home in an orchestra or in a jazz club, it is the goal of Boston-based harpist Charles Overton, regardless of the genre of music, to create a musical environment that is accessible, exciting and can resonate deeply with any audience. Originally from Richmond VA, Overton moved to Boston in 2012 to attend the Berklee College of Music where he was the first harpist to be accepted to Berklee’s Global Jazz Institute. Also while in school, he attended summer music festivals such as the Pacific Music Festival, Tanglewood Music Center, and the Castleton Festival. Since graduating in 2016, Overton has quickly been making a name for himself.
Named a “one-woman dynamo” by The Boston Globe and Boston’s Best 2018 “Creative Catalyst” by The Improper Bostonian, Maria Finkelmeier is a percussionist, composer, public artist, educator, and arts entrepreneur. Finkelmeie has created large-scale multimedia events in public spaces from Cincinnati to Northern Sweden, with several locations in Boston, including Fenway Park, Charlestown Navy Yard, Edison Power Plant, and Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum.
Taiwanese-born pianist Gloria Chien has a diverse musical life as a noted performer, concert presenter, and educator. She was selected by the Boston Globe as one of its Superior Pianists of the year. She made her orchestral debut at the age of 16 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra with Thomas Dausgaard, and performed again with the BSO with Keith Lockhart.
Shaw Pong Liu
Violinist and composer Shaw Pong Liu activates dialogue, community-building, and healing through multidisciplinary creative collaborations centered on listening. Her ongoing project Code Listen, which began in 2016 under the City of Boston Artist-in-Residence program, uses songwriting and music performance to build relationships between Boston police, teen artists, family members surviving homicide, and musicians to support healing and dialogue around gun violence, racism, and police practices.
Leo Eguchi has been described as “copiously skilled and confident” (New York Times) with performances that were “ravishing” (New Bedford Standard-Times) and “played with passion and vitality” (Boston Music Intelligencer).
Created by violinist Lucia Lin, In Tandem is a non-profit initiative dedicated to bringing new voices to classical music through co-commissions of ten emerging composers with the Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music.
IN TANDEM is dedicated to bringing new voices to classical music, helping to break the barriers of color in classical music, as well as introducing the younger generation to music that relates to current social issues.
When I met Gabriela Lena Frank about 20 years ago at a festival created by my music teacher Sergiu Luca, I was struck by her vision, tenacity, integrity, and musicianship. True to Gabi’s spirit, she disposed of convention and five years ago, created her own academy where the applicants’ main requirement is to express their music with heart and integrity. More recently, we spent hours talking about the inequities in classical music and the barriers she has had to overcome.
Most people of color in the United States have to deal with racism. As an Asian American, I grew up with the subtle racial discriminations that so many Asians have suffered as the ‘model minority’. We are also viewed by many as perpetual foreigners. My African American partner, formerly a police officer, has had to deal with more blatant discrimination. When a superior officer casually mentioned to my partner to do “n***** jumping jacks,” he had enough and reported the incident to his chief, crossing that thin blue line. He risked everything, spent three years fighting for justice, and saw little support from a reputably liberal and tolerant town. The experience I shared with him was eye-opening, humbling, and infuriating. It also left me feeling incredibly ineffective.
When the whole country went into quarantine, it gave me a lot more time to think about the hurdles Gabi had to overcome in the classical music world. Issues of non-diversity and elitism have been systemic in so many of the larger organizations such as symphony orchestras. As a member of the Boston Symphony, I have had to look more closely at my own lack of awareness, and as a result, my own inertia regarding truly diverse programming.
As a result, with Gabi’s help, I created the large-scale project, In Tandem.
Co-commissioning with the Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy, 10 composers from GLFCAM were invited to compose a short duo for violin and one other instrument of their choice, each work written to express a social cause close to each composer’s heart. My duo partners were professional musicians whose livelihoods had been negatively impacted by the Covid-19 quarantine. I had the fortune of having two of the composers perform with me as duo partners. Each virtual premiere also featured an interview with the duo composer (see the notes section for a link to each interview). It was eye-opening to learn what inspired each composer as well as the creative process in composing each duo.
It is my hope that In Tandem can raise social awareness inspired by the emotional connection to music and break the stereotypes associated with classical music. It is also my hope that this project will be a springboard to connecting other art forms with music, including visual art, dance, and literature in order to facilitate positive change and growth in our world.
— Lucia Lin
Interview with Michael-Thomas Foumai
Interview with Akshaya Avril Tucker
Interview with Nicky Sohn
Interview with Nicolas Lell Benavides
Interview with Rajna Swaminathan
Interview with Iman Habibi
Interview with Kerwin Young
Interview with David Reminick
Interview with Dustin Carlson
Interview with Roger Zare