Composer Matthew Van Driel reflects

This is the second time that I was invited to provide a piece for the Dim Sum Ensemble. I was very happy and grateful that I was chosen from the…

Composer Robert Oxoby reflects on “hatch” project

It was a great pleasure to cooperate with the Dim Sum Ensemble for the November 2014 “hatch” concert. The Dim Sum Ensemble is a talented group who has taken to…

Composer Bruce Bai reflects on “hatch” project

It is my fortune and honour to cooperate with Dim Sum Ensemble and be part of the “hatch” project. The project was well prepared and organized from the rehearsals to…

Composer Lucas Oickle reflects on “hatch” project

I was so happy to be selected for this call for scores, but the experience turned out to be even more than I expected. Dim Sum Ensemble is a wonderfully…

Composer Marko Koumoulas reflects on “hatch” project

Project “hatch” is probably one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had as a composer. I wasn’t expecting anything when I entered the Canada-wide call for scores. Perhaps that’s what…

Project 4: hatch 2014-11-16

A concert of new ensemble works Date: Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014 Time: 4 PM Venue: The Salvation Army Agincourt Community Church, 3080 Birchmount Road, Scarborough Dim Sum Ensemble Yangqin: Di Zhang Zheng:…

New composition by Bruce Qinglin Bai: Chai Na 拆哪

Instrumentation: zheng, percussion, 2 erhu, zhonghu, cello World premiere: Nov. 16, 2014 hatch Concert Land requisitions and forced evictions are unique phenomena in modern China. Expropriation of land for alleged…

New arrangement of Michael Nyman’s The Heart Asks Pleasure First

Arr. Matthew Van Driel Instrumentation: yangqin, percussion, 2 erhu, zhonghu, cello World premiere: Nov. 16, 2014 hatch Concert ‘The Heart Asks Pleasure First’ was composed by Michael Nyman for the…

New composition by Robert Oxoby: Thaw

Instrumentation: zheng, percussion, 2 erhu, zhonghu, cello World premiere: Nov. 16, 2014 hatch Concert The thematic elements of Thaw are inspired by two events. The first, as the title implies,…

New composition by Matthew Van Driel: Waves

Instrumentation: zheng, percussion, 2 erhu, zhonghu, cello World premiere: Nov. 16, 2014 hatch Concert Waves is a continuation of the piece, Ripples, debuted by the Dim Sum Ensemble in 2013…

New composition by Lucas Oickle: Shanghai Asterisms

Instrumentation: zheng, percussion, 2 erhu, zhonghu, cello World premiere: Nov. 16, 2014 hatch Concert This piece is my first attempt at writing for a Chinese ensemble of any sort. Structurally…

New composition by Marko Koumoulas: Reincarnation Suite

Instrumentation: zheng, percussion, 2 erhu, zhonghu, cello World premiere: Nov. 16, 2014 hatch Concert The composition itself is divided into 6 movements. One movement is repeated with variations. Each movement…

2014 Call for scores results

We are pleased to select the following 5 scores from our Canada-wide call for scores for performance on Nov. 16, 2014 (alpahbetical order by family name) Bruce Bai (BC): Chai…

2014 Call for scores

Dim Sum Ensemble is seeking suitable scores for the November 2014 Toronto concert titled hatch, and future concerts. General Guidelines Open to Canadian composers or composers living in Canada, of any…

Project 3: Exquisite Flavours II 2014-05-18

Date: Sunday, May 18, 2014 Time: 4pm Venue: Agincourt Community Church, 3080 Birchmount Road, Scarborough Dim Sum Ensemble is pleased to present a chamber concert featuring the outstanding Taiwan ensemble Little Giant…

Xpressions audience feedback

“The concert was a resounding success and I loved all the pieces presented. Sometimes I am not keen on new music but this was exceptional. You have assembled a wonderful…

Project 2: Erhu Composition Virtual Workshop for Youths 2014

青年二胡作曲網上工作坊 To stimulate interest in erhu among young composers in Canada, Dim Sum Ensemble is inviting youths to compose a short solo work for erhu . No previous composition experience is…

Project 1: Xpressions 2013-10-27

Nurturing new music for Chinese instruments+ Date: Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, 4 PM Venue: Array Space, 155 Walnut Ave. Toronto Harp soloist: Andrew Chan Dim Sum Ensemble Yangqin: Di Zhang Zheng: Michelle…

Xpressions Limited Edition Scores

The limited edition scores will be available on concert day. It contains the full scores to the 5 commissioned pieces on the programme: Dim Sum by Tony K.T. Leung Spirit…