Kickin ’It 2.2 (2020)

Program notes

Kickin’ It 2.2 is a virtuosic work, written for piano, viola and drum kit, based from the original piano + drum kit duo version (Kickin’ It, written for Vicky Chow and Ben Reimer). The music was inspired by a number of elements: the art of improvisation, the music of Squarepusher, jazz, gamelan music, Chinese folk music, and the crime novels of James Ellroy. Compositionally speaking, the work brings together three separate streams I have been developing in my musical language. One is my experience in writing for percussion instruments, most especially in the works for acclaimed percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie. Another is my ongoing pursuit in developing my pianistic language – the tactile and gestural elements (or “signatures”) that define my own performance practice for the instrument. The third is my own manner of writing for string instruments that I have been developing over the same period of time. Kickin’ It 2.2 therefore represents the confluence of all three streams. The players are all featured on equal levels of importance as they maintain their constant dialogue with one another while covering a wide expressive range. - VH


Year of composition



Viola, Piano and Percussion


Season Date Concert Member(s)
2020-21 Scenes and formations (web-diffusion live) Innovations en concert (IEC), Park Sounds Duo, Natsuki Hiratsuka