Sounds, Shadows and Songs

“I was born in China during the last years of the Cultural Revolution. In the aftermath of the Tiananmen Square Protest in 1989, I left Beijing and moved to America at the age of 17. It was here that I came to the realization that I was ‘homeless’ spiritually and culturally. I had a strong urge to develop a personal approach to cultivating a meaningful relationship with my own heritage.

It is not a cultural entity with a convenient border marked ‘China’, nor a sense of nostalgia that I am seeking. While cultural and historical borders are often sharply delineated, simplified and celebrated, they tend to be, more often than not, characterized by fluidity, uncertainty and subjects of deep ambivalence.”

- Lei Liang
Associate Professor of Music
University of California, San Diego

In this presentation, composer and UCSD professor Lei Liang, whose music draws upon personal memory and research into East Asian aesthetics, will discuss how composing became a way to free himself from the artificial confines of cultural identity.

Admission: $5 adults, seniors, and students; free for BMAC members and children under 6.

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