August 13, 2020
by 摩登天空 via QQ
杜韵出生于上海，现工作、生活于纽约。音乐科班出身的杜韵曾先后师从于邓尔博、陈钢、Randolph Coleman, Bernard Rands, Mario Davidovsky等教授，现为美国约翰霍普金斯大学的皮博迪音乐学院作曲教授、博士生导师。被《华盛顿邮报》评为“史上最佳35位女作曲家之一” 。
多年来，杜韵始终秉信“音乐无界”的理念，与来自世界各地的艺术家展开合作：2015年，杜韵为小提琴演奏家Hilary Hahn创作的作品《In 27 Pieces: the Hilary Hahn Encores》，助其赢得了第57届格莱美最佳室内乐专辑奖；2017年，杜韵与巴基斯坦艺术家Shahzia Sikander的合作作品获卡拉奇双年展最佳人气作品奖；2019年《Air Glow》获格莱美最佳作曲提名……
这部关于前生的幻事, 就是收录在这张专辑的主题作品——《跳塔郎泰拉舞的某蟑螂》（A Cockroach’s Tarantella）。
被《纽约时报》称为“全美最重要四重奏”的JACK Quartet全程担纲这张专辑里的弦乐演奏，JACK Quartet与杜韵的这次合作，通过无懈可击的音乐技巧，完成了最激烈、最不拘一格的情感表达，完整呈现了当代古典音乐中的开放意识。
小提琴：Christopher Otto, Austin Wulliman
中提琴：John Pickford Richards
中间一曲《刺青的雪》, 十五分钟跌宕起伏却一气呵成，以John Zorn式的狂放不羁将《跳塔郎泰拉舞的某蟑螂》划分为中英双语念白各10首情景段落。
专辑同名作品《跳塔郎泰拉舞的某蟑螂》（A Cockroach’s Tarantella）整体采用音乐加念白的歌剧式叙事，如影像般的弦乐四重奏渲染和杜韵极具感染力的语言叙述构建出情节的虚构与情感的真实两条线索，并在戏剧性冲突与个人思索空间中此消彼长，相互增益。
Recently, Du Yun, a composer, contemporary artist and curator based in the United States, officially announced signing with Modern Sky Record Label, becoming another composer to join the Modern Sky Musician Matrix.
Du Yun, who has been active in the world of music and the international contemporary art stage, is the first and only Asian female winner in the history of the Pulitzer Prize . With this signing, Du Yun will bring new works to expand the boundaries of contemporary classical music in China with Modern Sky.
Du Yun was born in Shanghai, and currently works and lives in New York. Du Yun, who was a music student, has successively studied under Deng Erbo, Chen Gang, Randolph Coleman, Bernard Rands, Mario Davidovsky, etc., and is now a composition professor and doctoral tutor at the Peabody Institute at the Johns Hopkins University. The “Washington Post” named her as one of the “top 35 female composers ”
Du Yun and her works of art are as diverse, complex, three-dimensional and profound. A bold and self-loyal artistic aesthetic allows Du Yun to be free from the constraints of thinking and context in her creation.
Du Yun, who is also a composer, performing artist, crossover artist, and curator, has multiple identities. Most of her creative themes focus on social issues, including deep emotion and reflection, with diversified narrative techniques and rich and diverse musical forms, and integrate different art fields into one, music language is eclectic, and music style is integrated.
In 2017, Du Yun became the first Asian woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for her opera “Angel’s Bone”. The New Yorker called her “an endless stream of original power and an unwavering conscience for joining the world.” “The album was also named the best record of the year for two consecutive years.
Two years later, Du Yun brought “Angel Bone” to Beijing and became the “Artist of the Year ” at the 2019 Beijing International Music Festival.
For many years, Du Yun has always believed in the concept of “music without boundaries” and cooperated with artists from all over the world: In 2015 , Du Yun created the work “When a Tiger Meets a Rosa Rugosa” on “In 27 Pieces: the Hilary Hahn Encores ” for violinist Hilary Hahn, which helped Hahn win the 57th Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Album; In 2017, Du Yun’s collaboration with Pakistani artist Shahzia Sikander won the Karachi Biennale Best Popular Work Award; in 2019, “Air Glow” was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Composition
In recent years, Du Yun has also been committed to the promotion of folk music. In 2017 , he launched the Future Tradition creative project, and extensively cooperated with folk musicians and folk groups around the world to promote the world’s traditional culture including dissemination and illumination of Chinese local opera.
Time goes back to 2004, when Du Yun completed her first indoor opera Zolle, which is a story about the afterlife. Before the completion of the work, another story about the past life gradually took shape in Du Yun’s ears.
This thing about the pre-existence of magic, is included in the album’s theme works – A Cockroach’s Tarantella.
The New York Times called the JACK Quartet “the nation’s most important quartet.” Throughout this album, the impeccable musicianship of both the JACK Quartet and Du Yun completed the most intense, single pattern of emotional expression that fully presents the open consciousness in contemporary classical music .
The album consists of five independent chapters. The opening song “Epilogue: With Beauty” is an improvisation by the quartet based on the sounds of Wuhan’s opening post-COVID19. The song “Prologue” echoes in a distance, and is the other of the two improvisations on the album.
The middle song “Tattooed Snow,” is fifteen minutes of ups and downs with John Zorn’s unruliness. “A Cockroach’s Tarantella” is divided into 10 scenes performed in both Chinese and English.
The album of the same name “A Cockroach’s Tarantella“ adopts an opera-like narrative of music and narration as a whole, and the plot is constructed by the rendering of a string quartet like video and the highly infectious language narration of Du Yun. The storytelling and the reality of emotions take place in a space of dramatic conflicts and personal thoughts. The ebb and flow work well with each other.
The story starts with a cockroach. Du Yun uses the identity of a cockroach from a female perspective to explore human desire and pursuit through the unrelated but complementary destiny of the two protagonists, and to trace the memory of human degeneration. We are constantly pursuing the so-called “upward” and “sublime,” but always repeated, phenomenon.
The addition of Du Yun expands the roster of composers under Modern Sky. As an independent music label based on youth culture, close co-operation with composers is another deepening and expansion of Modern Sky in the field of Chinese original music.
Modern Sky has always been committed to assisting the diversified development of independent music, culture and art in contemporary China with an inclusive vision. I believe that as more composers join in, contemporary classical music will also be understood and recognized by more Chinese music fans. Glow with new power.