Scenes from the Post-Diaspora
Baldwin Giang, Ensemble Garage and Friends

Spoleto Festival dei Due Mondi, 29 June 2024, 21.00
Sala Pegasus, Spoleto

Filmstill from Scenes from the Post-Diaspora featuring composer Baldwin Giang (Photo: Chris Kang)

Presented by the American Academy in Rome and the Mahler & Lewitt Studios,
in partnership with the Carla Fendi Foundation

Making their Spoleto debuts, the adventurously expert Ensemble Garage (Germany) along with artists from Taiwan, Vietnam, Netherlands, and Italy, give a concert devoted to work by Baldwin Giang. The centerpiece of the program is the premiere of a major multimedia work, cast in multiple movements each accompanied by a film set in an urban environment which has shaped the composer’s personal background. The ten person mixed ensemble includes pipa (a traditional Chinese lute), đàn nguyệt (a traditional Vietnamese lute), and western instruments. Scenes from the Post-Diaspora explores post-globalization identity, hybridity, and ideas of belonging. An internationally-performed composer, Giang won the Samuel Barber Rome Prize and is a fellow at the American Academy in Rome from 2023-2024 and participated in a Mahler & LeWitt Studios residency in 2024. The program also includes: the Gaudeamus Award-nominated songs after sufjan and recent work with Ensemble Garage.

Ensemble Garage (photo: Alessandro de Mateis)