WANG, Jennifer Ya-Ting

WANG, Jennifer Ya-Ting

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Wang, Ya-Ting showed her passion for music at a very young age. She started studying piano in her childhood, and joined the Chinese music club in high school and college to study pipa and yangqin. At the age of twenty, she started her musical journey with Western percussion. She studied with Professor Jack Van Geem at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where she earned her MA degree, and Professor Raymond Des Roches at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where she earned her DMA degree in percussion performance.

Besides Western academic training, she is also interested in world music. She has studied Chinese traditional percussion, Uzbek hand drum, African drumming, Korean Changgu and Balinese gamelan at various occasions. She also expands her musical expression by studying Flamenco dancing and theater. Therefore she develops an open style of performance which welcomes all kinds of possibilities, and often creates conversation between different genres of performing arts.

She also shows her interest and talent in composition. Her major compositions include The Symbolism of Balloons and the Reality of Fried Eggs for percussion trio, A Never-ending Flow of Words for solo percussion, The Journey for castanets, steps and narration, Quartet for 4 iphones, Dancing Flowers for percussion octet, A Promenade on Poetry for counter-tenor, liuqin, zhongruan, percussion and pipa. Her music theater recital The Journey was nominated for the 2009 Taishin Arts Awards, and the production of Wandering Voices with Musitonik also won positive feedbacks from various audiences, including the observer from Taishin Arts Awards. She was also creative director, composer and musician of the music dance theater project “The Movements of Ocean,” a collaboration between Forum Music and Geniodance Flamenco dance group in 2012.


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