April 2: Viola Yip

For the next colloquium of the semester, held on April 2 (Tuesday), we are very pleased to welcome sound artist Viola Yip, who will give a talk on the topic Designing instrument as composing and performing

The talk will start at 4 pm in M6094 Future Cinema Studio.

Date: April 02, 2019 (Tuesday)

Time: 4 pm

Venue: M6094 Future Cinema Studio, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, 18 Tat Hong Avenue, Kowloon Tong

Topic: Designing instrument as composing and performing



 As an experimental music composer and performer, Viola Yip’s recent interests fall on designing new experimental instruments to explore the sonic materiality of found objects, the interactions between performative gestures, instruments, space, as well as her own composer-performer body as an intersectional work-in-progress.

In her talk, she will show some of the instruments that she built for herself. Through discussing the thought process behind each instrument, it will also demonstrate how instrument building has become an important process for composing and performing.


A native of Hong Kong, Viola Yip is a New York‐based composer and performer, who tries to find the boundaries and push them in her sound world.

Her compositions are not limited to acoustic music, electronic music, graphic scores and structured improvisations. Recent works have appeared in ArtX at Bowling Green State University, Women Composers Festival of Hartford, Ravinia Festival, Fresh Inc Festival, soundSCAPE Festival, TEDXSMU, University of Florida, University of Illinois at Urbana‐Champaign, NASA saxophone conference, ThingNY spam v3.0 concert, Quiet City concert, Vox Novus Concert, Musicarama concert series (Hong Kong) and PAUSA Art House (Buffalo).

As a new music advocate, she performs contemporary works regularly as a pianist, speaker and improviser. Her recent interest falls on using her own voice as an instrument and exploring the expressivity and musicality of the human natural voice


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