LIN, Mu-Xuan

LIN, Mu-Xuan

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Born and raised in Taiwan and residing in the USA, composer Mu-Xuan Lin (林慕萱) defines her life as a quest for an artistic autonomy poetically engendered by both its will and its vulnerability to one's corporeal experience and to the world one lives in. Having had extensive training in the visual arts and creative writing and frequent exposure to theatre, dance, and literature from an early age, Mu-Xuan is interested in the intrinsic kineses latent within any expressive matter which can be extracted, dissected, critiqued, and recreated in new artistic deliverances. She aims to synthesize the dialectic and the immersive in music which were too often at antithetical ends according to the modern discourse of music composition and aesthetics.

Described by the Los Angeles Times as “fascinating,” her music has been heard worldwide as well as on the radio stations SRF2 kultur (Switzerland) and WQXR (New York), and on an ein_klang record. She is a guest-composer at the Novalis music+art Festival (Croatia), the winner of the Protonwerk No.3 award (Switzerland) and Ensemble Adapter's commission project “Adoptions 2017” (Germany), an artist-in-residence at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris (France), an awardee of New Music USA, Max Kade, Mellon, Center for German and European Studies (DAAD program), FACE Croatia, Gardner Read, and ASCAP grants, a selected active fellow at the Summer Academy at Schloss Solitude (Germany), Darmstadt Summer Course (Germany), EXPERIMENTALSTUDIO’s Matrix15 (Germany), June in Buffalo (USA), Acanthes de Metz (France), Sävellyspaja (Finland), Ticino Musica (Switzerland), Delian (Greece), and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, an Associate Artist at the Atlantic Center for the Arts working with Master Artist Georg Friedrich Haas, a representative for KoFoMi (KomponistInnenforum Mittersill) and the residency in Salzburg (Austria), a featured composer at Donaueschinger Musiktage – Next Generation konzert 2016 (Germany), Innovation Series 2017 (新點子樂展) – 30thAnniversary Edition of Taipei National Theater & Concert Hall (Taiwan), the Piano Spheres Concert Series (Los Angeles), Mise-En Festival 2019 (New York), Hear Now Festival 2017 (Los Angeles), New Gallery Concert Series (Boston), 180º Festival (Bulgaria), l’Infuse series (France), and DeciBels Festival (Latvia), and honorable mention/finalist of various competitions including the 2016 neuverBand International Commission Competition (honorable mention) and the 2015 Darmstadt Music Theatre Competition (semi-finalist).

She is working with ensemble 3people music (Taiwan) and flutist Shao-Wei Chou (France/Taiwan) among others, and has worked with TAK Ensemble (USA), Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart (Germany), Ensemble Adapter (Germany), Ensemble SurPlus (Germany), Ensemble Proton Bern (Switzerland), Secession Orchestra (France), Avanti! Chamber Orchestra (Finland), Norrbotten NEO (Sweden), members of the Lapland Chamber Orchestra (Lapin Kamariorkesteri, Finland), Talujon Percussion Group, Radnofsky Quartet, Lydian Quartet, Dinosaur Annex, Transient Canvas, Urbanity Dance Project, percussionist Aiyun Huang, soprano Tony Arnold, and pianist Vicki Ray among many others.

Mu-Xuan received her Bachelor of Music in Composition from the New England Conservatory, and MFA and Ph.D. in Music Composition and Theory from Brandeis University. Her primary instructors in composition include David Rakowski, Melinda Wagner, Yu-Hui Chang (張玉慧), Eric Chasalow, Michael Gandolfi, Larry Bell, and Ya-Ming Hsu (許雅民). She has also received instruction from Mark Andre, Oscar Bianchi, Chaya Czernowin, Francesco Filidei, Joshua Fineberg, Beat Furrer, Bernhard Gander, Georg Friedrich Haas, Stephen Hartke, Philippe Hurel, Louis Karchin, Fabien Lévy, Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf, Samir Odeh-Tamimi, Hilda Paredes, Hèctor Parra, Rebecca Saunders, Dominique Schafer, Johannes Schöllhorn, Oscar Strasnoy, Hans Thomalla, and Jukka Tiensuu.

As a researcher, Mu-Xuan's Ph.D. dissertation “On the Epistemological and the Methodological Approaches in the Analysis of Contemporary Music and a Synthesized Analysis of Fausto Romitelli's La Sabbia del Tempo (1991) illuminates her interest in the epistemological aspects of artistic and musical creativity. She is currently working on an article – “Representation, Body Politics, Embodiment : New Discipline and the Rhetoric of Gender Studies” (working title).

As a music educator, Mu-Xuan has previously taught at Brandeis University and California State University Long Beach. Currently Mu-Xuan is an Instructional Professor at the Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music at Chapman University.

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Selected works
je tu il-là elles
2017
Selected works

je tu il-là elles

2017
Vocal Works/Choral
Title Instrumentation Year Duration NCAF-funded
Coro (sur un terrain inconnu) vocal trio and gadgets 2018 09'00”
HUMANITY – a miniature vocal duet and three dancers 2018 05'00”
Journal Entry : I : vocal sextet 2010 10'00”
Swimming the Hellespont zhi San baritone and guitar 2007
Hibernation soprano and piano 2002
Chamber Music Works
Title Instrumentation Year Duration NCAF-funded
Before, (Now), Before, Before, After guzheng, dizi and Ruan 2020 18'00”
Agnes, [with Agnes] flute, bass clarinet, violin, percussion, and vocalist 2019 09'40”
Agnes, [with our love for Agnes] flute, bass clarinet, violin, percussion, and video 2019 09'40”
je tu il-là elles for flute, clarinet, harp, percussion, and electronics 2017 17'30”
Danse, danse… sinon nous sommes perdu! (à la brève) chamber orchestra 2016 3'00”
about G miniature for flute, oboe d’amore, harp, clavichord, and violoncello 2015 2'45”
Searching for the Searchers (Los rastreadores 1) sinfonietta and video 2015 7'10”
“Bonjour Minuit”, a theatre of poetry : Proem, Episodes I:I~I:IV three vocalists, flute, horn, piano, percussion, violin, violoncello, double bass, and electronics 2014-16 15'00”
Double Jeopardy 12 instruments 2014 10'15”
Peinture n.1 clarinet and marimba 2013-14 8'00”
Double Jeopardy flute, clarinet, lupophon, kontraforte, violin, violoncello, harp, and piano 2013 9'40”
Metamorphosis Part I flute, clarinet, violin, violoncello, and piano 2013 3'14”
Melancholia percussion quartet/sextet 2012 14'30”
Petits Quatuors : I. petite chambre string quartet 2012 2'45”
aer- flute, bassoon, and viola 2011 4'00”
Little Blue Dot clarinet, violin, and piano 2010 13'00”
The Sea, the Sea saxophone quartet 2010 8'00”
A room of French windows and limestone sculptures soprano, recorder/flute, viola, double bass, piano, solo dancer, and video 2009 14'00”
long, long, the September rain… solo voice flute a.k.a. D recorder 2008 9'00”
Solo Instrumental Works
Title Instrumentation Year Duration NCAF-funded
Pale Fire piano solo with electronics 2015 7'40”-8'20”
An Unfinished Tale solo percussion 2004 7'30”
Electronics
Title Instrumentation Year Duration NCAF-funded
je tu il-là elles for flute, clarinet, harp, percussion, and electronics 2017 17'30”
speckled deep ∆ Force Majeure (2017) 11 voices, 2 percussions, piano, and electronics 2017 9'30”
Pale Fire piano solo with electronics 2015 7'40”-8'20”
Other
Title Instrumentation Year Duration NCAF-funded
…à… for solo piccolo, electronics, video, and scent 2019 10'00”
如淵之深‧皇皇之力 for 11 solo voices, 2 percussionists, piano, and electronics 2018 9'30”
moss.. lichen… kodama purr…. quintet and electric fans 2017 7'45”
La passion d’une belle journée (selon une toilette autonettoyant) tape 2012

* link to " NCAF online Archive of Grant Fruitages "website (in Chinese)

Title Instrumentation Year Duration
如淵之深‧皇皇之力 for 11 solo voices, 2 percussionists, piano, and electronics 2018 9'30”