Composer and guqin player Carolyn Chen is interviewed on my radio show Bleep Boop Beep, April 9, 2014
Carolyn Chen and I had a great conversation this week. She came to composing after her undergrad.
We talked about her piece for Now Hear Ensemble called “Made in China, Made in California.” In it, she uses field recordings to contrast imagined place between the two locations. The field recordings and video contain sonic events that form a structure for interaction with the ensemble.
Chen shares her entry into composition by way of free improvisation. She describes her feelings on the first day of a free improv class and how the class eventually became a source of inspiration for her.
There’s lots more in here including details about the guqin, making music in zero-gravity, and her recent commission for Southlands Ensemble.