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Initiated by composer and performer Du Yun, the Pan Asia Sounding festival explodes a biased lens by presenting new works on the cutting edge of contemporary performance, focusing on the ever-evolving nature of its present and future. Read More

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Day 198,is a part performance part art film on Du Yun & OK MISS, meditative, punk, a muse on separated and connected. Directed by Du Yun & Nicholas Houfek Read More
Opera: The Arrivals wash up on the shore. They make contact with another civilization they call “the Hosts.” And from there, the story splinters, following diverging perspectives. Starting as a procession through the LA State Historic Park, Sweet Land becomes an opera that erases itself. Read More
Where We Lost Our Shadows recognizes and depicts the timeless struggle of human migration and its many effects, while celebrating the resilient human spirit that instigates and survives it. This is collaborative work between the composer Du Yun and the Palestine filmmaker Khaled Jarrar, for orchestra, video, and soloists. Read More
for Orchestra and DiaoQiang Opera singers. "Thirst" marked the first time in history that Xinchang Diaoqiang opera, a type of traditional Chinese opera that originated from Zhejiang Province, has been heard by an international audience. Read More
for String Quartet. Inspired by Alice in Wonderland Syndrome, "i am my own achilles heel" explores Du Yun's fascination with a fantastical world that lies in a reality, a liminal state that lies at the edge of half-fantastical, half-hallucination. Read More
Dinosaur Scar, Du Yun (2018)
A multi-year collaboration with the International Contemporary Ensemble, the album Dinosaur Scar captures the synergy that can only come as a result of musicians who have absorbed a composer's language over many years, and a composer writing specifically with specific performers in mind. Read More
Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Music, the opera Angel’s Bone is an allegory of human trafficking in modern times. Two fallen angels are battered and bruised from their long journey to earth. They are found by a man and wife who nurse them back to health, only to exploit them for profit and personal use. Read More
for Orchestra. These half-gods/ half-demons are at once familiar and foreign, figures alive across many cultures, latitudes and ages. The Hundred-Heads is a fish created out of a few words’ karma by posthumous repercussions down through time. Read More
for Orchestra. These half-gods/ half-demons are at once familiar and foreign, figures alive across many cultures, latitudes and ages. A Kraken is a Sea Dragon, or Sea Serpent, it might have a hump a mile and a half long, and arms that can encircle the largest ship. Read More
for Large String Orchestra. These half-gods/ half-demons are at once familiar and foreign, figures alive across many cultures, latitudes and ages. The Mantichora, the Man-eater, devours his prey whole. Read More
Zolle, an opera-theatre narrative of a dead woman, wanders through the shadowy space between memory and reality, tracing the lines of her identity through the land she once walked: an immigrant in death as in life. A "Life-After" story. Read More
for Bass Flute and electronics. "You miss the garden, because you want a small fig from a random tree..." Read More
Tattooed in Snow explores the temporary and fragile crystallization in nature and in space. The four players of the quartet form the four pillars of a musical space, and as a chant begins to move among theme, it layers, repeats and takes shape in the manner of a sculpture in sand or snow. Read More