"Telephone: careless whisper" (2013/16) for bass clarinet & marimba. Written for Transient Canvas. Live performance March 19, 2016 at Third Life Studios in Somerville, MA.

 

Telephone: (careless whisper) is named after the children's game, in which participants pass along a message in whispers from one person to the next. The person who receives the message last announces it out loud. Usually, the message announced is quite different from the original message. In this piece, an initial "message," already garbled, passes through the bass clarinet and marimba and emerges, changed.

 

Victoria Cheah (b. 1988, New York, NY) is a composer working in multiple media and genres, including concert music and installation work. Her music has been performed by ensembles and performers including Marilyn Nonken, Trio Okho, Transient Canvas, Trio de Kooning, & PRISM Saxophone Quartet. She has participated in festivals and workshops including the Sommerakademie Schloss Solitude, “Composition Beyond Music” at Darmstadt 2014, the American Conservatory at Fontainebleau, SICPP,  & The Walden School. Her teachers include David Rakowski, Eric Chasalow, Yu-Hui Chang, Steven Takasugi, Chaya Czernowin, Philippe Leroux, Shafer Mahoney, and Shawn Crouch.

Cheah holds a B.A. in music from the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College and is currently pursuing a doctorate in composition at Brandeis University (ABD). In addition to her doctoral studies, Cheah has taught at Longy School of Music of Bard College, Harvard University, & Brandeis University.

From 2011-2015, Cheah served as the founding executive director of Sound Icon. She has also worked with new music organizations Manhattan Sinfonietta, Argento Chamber Ensemble, Composit, & others towards the realization of contemporary music events. She is currently a co-director of Score Follower / Incipitsify, a 501(c)3 non profit organization that provides free and legal access to contemporary music scores and recordings via YouTube.