There are times when fragments of a memory or thought, usually nostalgic, unexpectedly appear in my mind. Although beyond comprehension, these reflective, fleeting moments often induce a wistful mood. To realize this concept in music, I have tried to express this feeling by using a metaphor of bright veils that conceal these elusive thoughts, and a light, like an epiphany, briefly shining through and dimly revealing the substance behind them.
In this piece, a thought may appear, incomplete but lingering there, leaving one with the feeling that there are more elements to it that remain unheard, hidden. A musical gesture may materialize but disappear halfway as if entering a metaphysical realm. These gestures drift upwards in the high register of the piano, as though being carried off in a daydream.
In veils concealed… was commissioned by John Chen especially for his New Zealand recital tour in July 2009, with funding assistance from the Arts Foundation of New Zealand.
Commissioned by John Chen specially for his NZ recital tour in July 2009, with funding assistance from the Arts Foundation of New Zealand
11 Jul 2009: John Chen: Kerikeri
13 Jul 2009: John Chen: Motueka
14 Jul 2009: John Chen: Nelson
17 Jul 2009: John Chen: Waikato
18 Jul 2009: John Chen: Tauranga
19 Jul 2009: John Chen: Putaruru
21 Jul 2009: John Chen: Whangarei
26 Jul 2009: John Chen: Wanganui
27 Jul 2009: John Chen: Upper Hutt
28 Jul 2009: John Chen: Wanaka
12 Oct 2009: Piano Recital – Tony Lin
30 Apr 2010: Tony Lin Recital
23 Jul 2010: Tony Lin Recital: Christchurch