Photo by Juliane Schütz.
Composers Now and Asian Cultural Council
David Rockefeller Creative Arts Center at Pocantico
Tickets: $15 (+$1.75 ticketing fee)
The Composers Now and Asian Cultural Council (ACC) creative residency program at The Pocantico Center pairs a distinguished composer with an artist drawn from a wide range of disciplines to develop a performance piece that engages both the eyes and ears. The duo will present excerpts from the work they created during their residency and discuss their individual styles and process of creative partnership.
The fall 2023 performance will feature ACC New York Fellowship recipient Shih-Yang Lee with Composers Now Collaborative Creative Residency recipient Whitney George. The event will be followed by a reception with special access to the DR Center gallery, currently showing Portraits of Process.
Accomplished Taiwanese pianist, composer, and curator Shih-Yang Lee works primarily in improvised music. As a performer, he has toured widely in Europe and Asia. He has collaborated with dance productions and founded music improvisation ensemble Ka Dao Yin to win prestigious awards, such as the Taishin Art Award, Golden Melody Award, and the Golden Indie Music Award. As a curator, he is known as a leading organizer for the burgeoning improvisation scene in Taiwan.
Whitney George is a composer and conductor. Her music traverses the affective terrain between tragedy and ecstasy, fragility and strength, bringing together romantically delicate intimacy and the spectacular darkness of the macabre. Her work has been recognized and commissioned by several institutions including dell'Arte Opera, New Camerata Opera, Fresh Squeezed Opera, and New York State Council on the Arts. George is the artistic director and conductor of The Curiosity Cabinet, a chamber orchestra formed in 2009 focused on interdisciplinary performance by underrepresented voices in the contemporary repertory. She holds degrees from CalArts, Brooklyn College, and CUNY Graduate Center.