Instrumentation: zheng, percussion, 2 erhu, zhonghu, cello
World premiere: Nov. 16, 2014 hatch Concert
Waves is a continuation of the piece, Ripples, debuted by the Dim Sum Ensemble in 2013 at their inaugural concert. Waves has a deeper, darker, and more contemplative sound, building on what was already established in Ripples, and developing it further. New melodic material is introduced, while there are brief hints of previous melodies from Ripples. As waves are bigger than ripples, so too is this piece – bigger, and more bombastic than the previous one. At the end, the repeating arpeggiated motif in the zheng and cello, and the short melody that accompanies it hints at things to come in the third piece of this series.
About Matthew Van Driel
With a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Specialized Honours in Music from York University, Matthew openly embraces a wide range of musical influences and styles in his compositions to bring forth captivating sound. He not only composes dynamic chamber and concert music, but has also composed numerous original short film scores. Offering an esteemed approach to musical story-telling, superb dedication to all of his compositions, and an infectious enthusiasm that is focused upon the detailed intricacies of music, Matthew looks for challenging new projects that allow him to push the creative envelope. Works of his have been performed live in both Toronto and Hong Kong.