New composition by Lan-chee Lam: Spirit 靈


Spirit is a sextet for mixed ensemble commissioned by Dim Sum Ensemble. I would like to thank Tony who gives me a precious chance to work with the newly established ensemble. The word “spirit” has multiple meanings in Chinese culture. It means soul and courage, which leads me towards a positive mind and direction.

The opening zheng theme keeps recurring in various sections, later developing into the cello motive to build up the contrapuntal tutti section in the climax. The mood of the music keeps the traditional zheng technique while the percussion resembles the Chinese festival celebration.

Instrumentation: zheng, percussion, 2 erhu, zhonghu, cello
World premiere: Oct. 27, 2013 Xpressions concert

About Lan-chee Lam 林蘭芝

Lan-chee Lam is the winner of the prestigious award, Grand Prix of the 19th George Enescu International Composition Competition in Romania, 2009. Born in Hong Kong and graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong (B.A.) and University of Toronto (M.Mus, D.M.A.), her works have been performed all over Asia, Europe, and North America. Dr. Lam has won top prizes in the 2008 Luxembourg International Composition Competition, Nieuw Ensemble’s Second Chinese Composers’ Competition, 2011 Taiwan Music Centre International Composition Competition, and Ding Yi International Composition Competition. She has been appointed as the Composer-in-Residence at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.