Jiang Nan

Did I really compose this? – Thought by the composer one minute after clearing up the final score.

This sense of unreality is just similar to how she wandered in the misty rain of Jiangnan water towns, where one can never tell the gray mist from the curling smoke floating out from households. The reflection of the pavilions of black tiles and white walls on the calm river surface is occasionally broken by a layer of ripples when boats streak across the river. Soon after, the color of water blends again with the dark cyan sky.

Standing on the stone arch bridge, the noise of the market beside could never cover the bamboo flute sounding from afar. The blurred mountain scenery in the distance and the occasional flying birds together constitute a gentle and prosperous scroll painting of the region to the south of the Yangtze River.

江南无所有,聊赠一枝春。

Performers

Clarinet: Fraser Langton

BIOGRAPHY

Jungqi Wan stands in an auditorium. She is looking off-camera.

Junqi Wan is a Chinese student composer currently based in Glasgow. Her journey of music began at the age of three when she was forced to study electronic keyboard and pass all the grade exams as how her elder cousin did. Thus, one of her childhood’s deepest desires was to split the piano in half, throw its body from her window and watch it break into pieces. It is still on her wish list now and she may realize it one day with her collaborative artists when she can afford to destroy a piano.

As she grew up, Guzheng, saxophone, and bamboo flute were added onto her grade exam list, but it wasn’t before she first asked herself to learn saxophone and joined her secondary school’s wind band with which she traveled around the world that she really enjoyed art music.

Junqi started her studies of composition at 16, though strongly opposed by her family and teachers as she spent most of her high school preparing for PPE. But one must realize that he cannot make a child learn four instruments and practice four hours a day to become an economist.

Junqi is currently collaborating with a group of international artists on installation art projects. One of her recent works, Imaginary, is a sonic piece composed for a three-minute screen installation artwork which is going on display in a gallery in Shenzhen from 17th March 2021. She screamed and jumped up and down in her room for five minutes after receiving and live video of it.

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