The CD is Coming. . .
Our first CD, Feng, is set to be released in the summer of 2019. The album's title track, Feng, is a two movement work by the great Chinese composer and composition professor at UMKC, Chen Yi. We have had the privilege of working with Dr. Chen and are honored to be recording her music. The CD also features music by Xinyan Li, Yii Kah Hoe, and Narong Prancharoen, among others. We are so excited for this album to be released on Albany Records.
The East Coast Tour is in the Books
We all just returned home after a amazing East Coast tour. It was an absolute pleasure to perform at the University of Maryland, James Madison University, and the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. We enjoyed meeting students and faculty members at these schools and sharing this brand new music with them. Thank you to Kenji Bunch, Nick Omiccioli, Asha Srinivasan, and Narong Prangcharoen for writing pieces for us that we performed on this tour! If you weren't able to see us this time, we hope to see you soon!
East Coast Tour
Our East Coast tour is coming up March 11-13, 2019. We are looking forward to performances at the University of Maryland, James Madison University, and the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. Thanks to the faculty at these great schools for inviting us to perform. We will be premiering works by Kenji Bunch and Nick Omiccioli, and Narong Prangcharoen, as well as presenting the East Coast premiere of Kaylvi by Asha Srinivasan. We would love to see you there!
Fridays at Four in Walla Walla
On December 7, 2018, we will be performing at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, on the Fridays at Four concert series. We will be primiering P.Q. Phan's monumental work Phantasia: in memoriam as well as Asha Srinivasan's exciting and intricate Kaylvi. We look forward to sharing this music in one of our very favorite small towns in Eastern Washington!
Getting the Band Back Together. . .
The Washington-based member's of the Pan Pacific Ensemble are thrilled to welcome Michael Garza back to the states for recording and rehearsals in preparation for our upcoming premieres. It is always good when the whole group is back together in the same place! We are beginning to work towards our third CD, which will feature our newly commissioned quintets by Narong Prangcharoen and Kenji Bunch.
ironhorses Recording is Finished
We had a great couple of weeks of recording this January 2017 as we put the finishing touches on the music for our next CD, titled ironhorses. The title track is the brand-new quintet which we commissioned from Nick Omiccioli. This is a brilliant, exhilarating quintet that allow's Nick's metal-inspired voice to really shine. The CD also features works by Chen Yi, P.Q Phan, and Asha Srinivasan, among others. Look for it in 2019 on Albany Records.
The Thailand International Composition Festival
What a thrilling week we enjoyed at the Thailand International Composition Festival! We had a FANTASTIC time rehearsing, performing, hearing new music, and meeting composers and performers from around the world! Narong Prangcharoen was an amazing host. We premiered a new quintet by Chaipruk Mekara and gave the Thailand premiere of David Jarvis' Wynwood Project. For Shannon, Martin, and Sophia, this trip marked the first visit to Thailand. It is hard to describe how much we enjoyed our time in this amazing place. Thanks to everyone for making this trip so memorable.
Recording Wrapped on Feng CD
After a long, intense week in the recording studio, our first studio album, Feng, is in the can. We have a lot of editing to do, but it feels great to have this step completed. The album will feature music by Chen Yi, Yii Kah Hoe, Yi Qiao, Xinyan Li, Tanapon Chiwinpiti, Narong Prangcharoen, Do Kien Cuong, and Siraseth Pantura-Umporn. Look for this CD on Albany Records in the summer of 2019.
Back from the China ASEAN Music Week
After a whirlwind trip in China, the Pan Pacific Ensemble members are all back safely in their respective cities. What an amazing trip we had. A huge thanks to Dr. Zhong at the Guang Xi University School of Music for organizing this event and inviting us to perform. This festival marked the first two public performances for the Pan Pacific Ensemble, and we were thrilled to work with composers such as Chen Yi, Narong Prangcharoen, and Yii Kah Hoe. We gave two full recitals, performed with the Guang Xi Symphony, and gave a education concert at the Guang Xi Yuncai School for students with special needs. We are so excited to begin work on our first CD and can't wait to see what lies in store for this group in the future.
The Pan Pacific Ensemble is Formed
We are excited to announce the formation of our quintet, the Pan Pacific Ensemble! The group is preparing for two recitals at the China ASEAN Music Week in Nanning, China in June 2016. We are all excited to come together and present this music to an audience from around the world. Thanks so much to Dr. Zhong at the Guang Xi University School of Music for inviting us!