New Creativity in the UK’s East Asian Music Scene: A Symposium

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Join Tangram across two days for a performance-symposium exploring the most exciting East Asian artists reshaping the UK's music scene

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New Creativity in the UK’s East Asian Music Scene

Hosted by Tangram in partnership with the SOAS University of London Music Department

Thursday 10th Dec. (7-8pm GMT) & Friday 11th Dec. (3-5pm GMT)

Free. RSVP necessary.

Combining performance, research, and activism, Tangram are delighted to bring together a range of talented UK-based East Asian artists exploring their cultural identities through music. Over two days, Tangram host a mix of performances and conversations exploring the question: What does it mean to create East Asian Identity in the West today?

In light of the shocking amount of racism towards East Asian communities catalysed by COVID-19, this question is only more relevant today as the ways in which East Asian artists navigate their identities take on new meanings. Join Tangram as we seek to create a brave space* - one that shows the vibrancy of East Asian cultures and sheds light on their rich contribution to the UK's cultural landscape.

This event is generously supported by the SOAS Innovation and Knowledge Exchange Fund.


Day 1/ Thursday 10 December 2020 / 7-8pm

Online Concert (programme tba):

Kiku Day / Shakuhachi player and ethnomusicologist

Hyelim Kim / Taegum player, composer, and researcher

Tangram / music by Jasmin Kent Rodgman and Alex Ho

Day 2/ Friday 11 December 2020 / 3-5pm

Conversations with:

Kiku Day and Hyelim Kim

An-Ting Chang (artistic director of Chinese Arts Now - formerly Chinese Arts Space)

David Tse (founder of Yellow Earth Theatre, now New Earth Theatre, and Chinese Arts Space)


The symposium ends with the digital premiere of a new commission by Naomi Woo and Youngsook Choi


*A Brave Space

Together we will create brave space.

Because there is no such thing as a “safe space” —

We exist in the real world.

We all carry scars and we have all caused wounds.

In this space

We seek to turn down the volume of the outside world,

We amplify voices that fight to be heard elsewhere,

We call each other to more truth and love.

We have the right to start somewhere and continue to grow.

We have the responsibility to examine what we think we know.

We will not be perfect.

This space will not be perfect.

It will not always be what we wish it to be.


It will be our brave space together,


We will work on it side by side.

by Micky ScottBey Jones


Tangram is a London-based artist collective catalysing transnational imagination and celebrating the vitality of Chinese cultures.​

Made up of researchers, composers, and performers of Chinese and western instruments, the group launched in 2019 as recipients of the Chinese Arts Now Artist Development Bursary 2019 and winners of Nonclassical's Battle of the Bands 2019. They have worked with the London Symphony Orchestra and Silk Road Ensemble, and most recently, have been appointed Associate Ensemble at SOAS.

New music forms a large part of Tangram's work as a way to expand the contemporary classical music space to include non-Eurocentric cultures. Highlights include commissions by Raymond Yiu (shortlisted for RPS Awards 2020), Tonia Ko, Sun Keting, Jasmin Kent Rodgman, and Alex Ho's anti-opera, Untold (winner of George Butterworth Prize 2020).

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