Christmas Special (1) — Chaz Underriner

25 12 2010

   Today’s Scordatura will feature Christmas Special from 3:00 to 7:00 pm on KTRU, Houston.

   First, we will play music by American composer Chaz Underriner.

   Mr. Underriner was born in Midland, Texas, and is currently studying at California Institute of the Arts for his Master’s degree in composition.  He has composed works for solo instruments, chamber ensembles, chamber and symphony orchestras, jazz combos, electroacoustic sound and choir.

   We are going to play Mr. Underriner’s compositions such as Evening in Tokyo, Desert Garden for Chamber Orchestra (2010), A Meditation of the Wrath of God for piano solo, and so on.  Listen between 3:00 and 5:00 pm on KTRU, Houston, 91.7 FM.


Christmas Special (2) — Nan-Chang Chien

25 12 2010

    Today’s Scordatura will feature Christmas Special from 3:00 to 7:00 pm on KTRU, Houston. 

    Secondly, we will play music by Taiwanese composer Nan-Chang Chien. 


    Mr. Chien completed music education at the Chinese Cultural University and the Munich Consercatory, Germany.  Also, he has been an awards winner since 1976, such as Huang Zi Composition Award by the Ministry of Education, Sun Yat-Sen Art and Literature Prize, Best Composer in the 9th, 13th, and 16th Golden Melody Award, Taiwan, and so on.  Mr. Chien was also awarded the National Culture and Art Award in 2005.

   On today’s Scordatura, we are going to play Mr. Chien’s most well-known compositions, including The Maiden of Malan (1996), Perpetuum Mobile (1996), 158 for percussion ensemble, and so on.  Tune in between 5:00 and 7:00 pm on KTRU.

Yen Lu Hour on Scordatura

11 12 2010

 Today’s Scordatura Show will feature Taiwanese composer Yen Lu, who passed away in the Fall of 2008.  Listen between 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm on KTRU, Houston 91.7 FM.


Yen Lu was born in Nanjing in 1930 and died in Taipei, Taiwan in 2008. 

Mr. Lu studied in New York from 1965 to 1976, both at Mannes College of Music and City College of CUNY, where he studied composition and electronic music with professor Mario Davidovsky. 

In 1977 Lu continued his graduate studies at The University of Pennsylvania, deepening his composition experiments with George Rochberg and George Crumb.  In 1979 he returned to Taiwan and began his teaching career at Soochow University in Taipei.

The musical works of Lu, are known as rich in their creative ideals, profound in their musical feelings; very contemporary yet conservative in their music language– unique expressions of traditional Chinese artistic spirit that absorb the aesthetic elements of both western and eastern culture.  Mr. Lu was awarded the National Culture and Art Award in 1993 and National Award for Artists 1998.