Composer Marko Koumoulas reflects on “hatch” project

Marko Koumoulas

Marko Koumoulas

Project “hatch” is probably one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had as a composer. I wasn’t expecting anything when I entered the Canada-wide call for scores. Perhaps that’s what made the experience that much sweeter. I’ve composed music in films, TV commercials and have even won awards in LA for my work in the media field. However, I don’t think I’ve ever felt as much inspiration as I had writing for the Dim Sum Ensemble. I’ve always been one to explore music from all over the world and have vast knowledge for many types of music. So when I had a chance to dive into the genre of traditional Chinese music, it came with great excitement. Learning how each traditional instrument is played, how it’s written and even how it sounds were all new to me and this only made me want to work harder as my interest in the art became greater and greater. Tony K.T. Leung and the Dim Sum Ensemble were amazing and I can’t thank them enough for the opportunity. It’s already opened more doors for me and I can’t wait to write more and more music for traditional Chinese instruments in the future.