The American Academy of Arts and Letters introduced that College of California San Diego professor Lei Liang will obtain a serious music award on the academy’s official digital ceremony on Could 19. He’s certainly one of two composers awarded Goddard Lieberson Fellowships in Music for 2021.
Liang is a professor within the UC San Diego Division of Music and, since 2018, the Analysis Artist in Residence within the Qualcomm Institute, the UC San Diego division of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Data Expertise (Calit2). Beforehand, he served because the Qualcomm Institute’s Composer in Residence from 2013 to 2016.
The Goddard Lieberson Fellowship and $15,000 prize honor mid-career composers “of remarkable items.” Liang is simply the second UC San Diego music professor to be honored with the prize: his college colleague Chinary Ung obtained the fellowship in 1981. (The Cambodian-born Ung was additionally elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2020.)
Liang was beforehand nominated twice for the award, initially in 2011. “I’m very honored,” the composer instructed the San Diego Union-Tribune. “I simply want I may rejoice in particular person with a few of my good mates who’ve helped hold me going by means of the pandemic for the previous 12 months.”
Amongst different notable prizes, in 2020 Liang obtained the $100,000 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition – popularly dubbed the “Nobel Prize for Music” – for “A Thousand Mountains, A Million Streams”. The orchestral work was commissioned by the Boston Fashionable Orchestra Undertaking and premiered in 2018. The local weather change-themed work was developed throughout Liang’s residencies within the Qualcomm Institute.
Liang’s different honors embrace a 2015 Koussevitzky Basis Award, the 2011 Rome Prize, a 2009 Guggenheim Fellowship and a 2008 Aaron Copland Award. His saxophone concerto “Xiaoxiang” was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Music in 2015. In 2020, Liang was additionally awarded an endowed chair by means of a UC San Diego Chancellor’s Distinguished Professorship.
Born in Tianjin, China, Liang moved to the USA as an adolescent, later graduating from the New England Conservatory of Music and incomes his Ph.D. from Harvard College. He joined the UC San Diego college in 2007.
Within the Qualcomm Institute, Liang has labored on a number of interdisciplinary tasks on the intersection of music, science and know-how. His “Listening to Landscapes” paired a recent musical composition by Liang with high-resolution, multispectral scans of 12 uncommon Chinese language panorama work by Twentieth-century artist Huang Binhong. Collaborating with engineers within the institute’s Cultural Heritage Engineering Initiative, led by structural engineering and pc science professor Falko Kuester, the scans at varied wavelengths of the electromagnetic spectrum (ultraviolet, infrared and so forth.) illuminated the painter’s artistic course of as a companion to Liang’s composition. The undertaking additionally resulted in a documentary brief movie, “Deriving Worlds”, which premiered in 2015.
“Lei Liang’s work is an exemplar of interdisciplinary collaboration and the way it can cross new frontiers in a discipline,” stated Qualcomm Institute director Ramesh Rao. “He and his collaborators mix musical composition and progressive know-how in actually distinctive methods – permitting all of us to discover and immerse ourselves in every little thing from altering ecosystems to a uncommon portray.”
Because the institute’s Analysis Artist in Residence since 2018, Liang has continued to collaborate with engineers in QI’s Sonic Arts R&D and cultural-heritage teams, in addition to scientists within the Scripps Establishment of Oceanography. “Listening to Seascapes” is a collaborative seminar on the sonification of coral reefs by which graduate and undergraduate college students use oceanographic information to compose interactive, multimedia performances that deliver collectively sound, photographs and motion.
Most lately, in spring 2020, Liang taught a digital collaborative course known as “Listening to Earth” in collaboration with Falko Kuester, who’s the Calit2 professor of Visualization and Digital Actuality, along with directing QI’s cultural-heritage program. In it, pupil groups – appropriately distanced as a result of pandemic – used sounds of earth processes, together with erosion and sedimentation, as inspiration for his or her compositions. Liang additionally collaborates with Scripps Oceanography postdoc Joshua Jones and professor John Hildebrand, in addition to current UC San Diego music Ph.D. graduate and digital composer Theocharis Papatrechas and PhD candidate Nicholas Solem by means of QI’s Sonic Arts R&D program, directed by fellow music professor Shahrokh Yadegari.
“These collaborations have been the spotlight of the previous 12 months because the pandemic,” stated Liang. “We proceed to have weekly conferences with the workforce, and it’s these collaborations that stored me going by means of this difficult time.”