Jason Kao Hwang, Zheng Zhou, Catherine Filloux, Juan Carlos Rivas, Sandia Ang & Ryu-Kyung Kim | The Floating Box, A Story in Chinatown

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The Floating Box, A Story in Chinatown

by Jason Kao Hwang, Zheng Zhou, Catherine Filloux, Juan Carlos Rivas, Sandia Ang & Ryu-Kyung Kim

With a chamber ensemble of Chinese and Western instruments creating a cross-cultural landscape, "The Floating Box, A Story in Chinatown" is an opera that tells an essential and mythic tale of one family’s loss, transformation, and survival.
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1. Prologue (Feat. Catherine Filloux & Juan Carlos Rivas)
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2:44 album only
2. Burial Rites (Feat. Catherine Filloux & Juan Carlos Rivas)
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1:46 album only
3. "Break" (Eva) (Feat. Catherine Filloux, Juan Carlos Rivas & Sandia Ang)
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6:37 album only
4. "I will stay here" (Eva) (Feat. Juan Carlos Rivas, Sandia Ang, Ryu-Kyung Kim & Catherine Filloux)
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4:39 album only
5. "When I first came here by boat" (Eva) (Feat. Catherine Filloux, Juan Carlos Rivas, Sandia Ang, Charlee Chiv, Scott Chan, Mona Chiang, Wai Ching Ho & Henry Yuk)
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7:03 album only
6. "Your paper, ah-mah" (Eva) (Feat. Catherine Filloux, Juan Carlos Rivas, Sandia Ang & Ryu-Kyung Kim)
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3:11 album only
7. "I know this song" (Mother) (Feat. Catherine Filloux, Juan Carlos Rivas, Sandia Ang, Ryu-Kyung Kim & Zheng Zhou)
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2:16 album only
8. "What are you waiting for?" (Eva) (Feat. Catherine Filloux, Juan Carlos Rivas, Sandia Ang & Ryu-Kyung Kim)
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3:00 album only
9. "Where are you going, Eva?" (Father) (Feat. Catherine Filloux, Juan Carlos Rivas, Sandia Ang & Zheng Zhou)
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4:29 album only
10. "Didn't you ever wish you could stop?" (Eva) (Feat. Catherine Filloux, Juan Carlos Rivas, Sandia Ang & Ryu-Kyung Kim)
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5:52 album only
11. "So this is a kiss" (Eva/ Mother) (Feat. Catherine Filloux, Juan Carlos Rivas, Sandia Ang & Ryu-Kyung Kim)
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12. "Our first meal of the day" (Father) (Feat. Catherine Filloux, Juan Carlos Rivas, Sandia Ang & Zheng Zhou)
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13. "Yee-Wa, will you return the boxes?" (Mother) (Feat. Catherine Filloux, Juan Carlos Rivas, Sandia Ang & Ryu-Kyung Kim)
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14. Floating, floating (Eva/ Mother/ Father) (Feat. Catherine Filloux, Juan Carlos Rivas, Sandia Ang, Ryu-Kyung Kim & Zheng Zhou)
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15. "Like he did? Like he did?" (Eva) (Feat. Ryu-Kyung Kim, Zheng Zhou, Catherine Filloux, Juan Carlos Rivas & Sandia Ang)
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16. "Gusty winds" (Mother) (Feat. Catherine Filloux, Juan Carlos Rivas & Ryu-Kyung Kim)
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17. "Who will return the boxes to the factory?" (Mother) (Feat. Catherine Filloux, Juan Carlos Rivas & Ryu-Kyung Kim)
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18. "What are you waiting for?" (Mother) (Feat. Catherine Filloux, Juan Carlos Rivas, Sandia Ang & Ryu-Kyung Kim)
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19. "Yee-Wa?" (Mother) (Feat. Catherine Filloux, Juan Carlos Rivas, Sandia Ang & Ryu-Kyung Kim)
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20. "So dry" (Mother) (Feat. Catherine Filloux, Juan Carlos Rivas, Ryu-Kyung Kim & Zheng Zhou)
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21. "They told me I could not practice" (Father) (Feat. Catherine Filloux, Juan Carlos Rivas, Zheng Zhou & Ryu-Kyung Kim)
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22. "My boss goes to the ship's rail" (Father) (Feat. Catherine Filloux, Juan Carlos Rivas & Zheng Zhou)
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23. "I retrieve it" (Father) (Feat. Catherine Filloux, Juan Carlos Rivas, Zheng Zhou & Ryu-Kyung Kim)
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24. "My father?" (Eva) (Feat. Catherine Filloux, Juan Carlos Rivas & Sandia Ang)
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25. "Searching" (Eva) (Feat. Catherine Filloux, Juan Carlos Rivas, Sandia Ang, Ryu-Kyung Kim & Zheng Zhou)
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26. "Alone" (Mother/ Father/ Eva) (Feat. Catherine Filloux, Juan Carlos Rivas, Sandia Ang, Ryu-Kyung Kim & Zheng Zhou)
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27. "When we first arrived, Yee Wa" (Mother) (Feat. Catherine Filloux, Juan Carlos Rivas, Ryu-Kyung Kim & Sandia Ang)
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28. "Why did you never tell me?" (Eva) (Feat. Catherine Filloux, Juan Carlos Rivas & Sandia Ang)
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29. "Why, bah-bah?" (Eva) (Feat. Catherine Filloux, Juan Carlos Rivas, Sandia Ang & Zheng Zhou)
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30. "You threw chrysanthemums?" (Father) (Feat. Catherine Filloux, Juan Carlos Rivas, Zheng Zhou & Sandia Ang)
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31. "When your heart stopped?" (Eva) (Feat. Catherine Filloux, Juan Carlos Rivas, Sandia Ang & Zheng Zhou)
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32. "Does your heart still beat?" (Eva) (Feat. Catherine Filloux, Juan Carlos Rivas, Sandia Ang & Ryu-Kyung Kim)
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33. "Floating, surging" (Mother) (Feat. Catherine Filloux, Juan Carlos Rivas, Sandia Ang, Ryu-Kyung Kim & Zheng Zhou)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The Floating Box, A Story in Chinatown

Music by Jason Kao Hwang
Libretto by Catherine Filloux

The Floating Box, A Story in Chinatown selected as one of the "Top Ten Opera Recordings of 2005" by Opera News

"Between them Jason Kao Hwang and Catherine Filloux have addressed the problem of combining Chinese and Western styles with astonishing success here…. This all gives wonderful scope for Hwang to combine Chinese traditional instruments with Western musical elements in a way which avoids that sense of pastiche or novelty which still undermines most attempts to coalesce the two." The International Record Review


With an orchestration of Chinese and Western instruments, The Floating Box, A Story in Chinatown boldly charts the journey of an immigrant family over continents, languages, and generations. After her father’s sudden death, Eva/Yee-Wa, who was raised in the U.S., struggles with her mother’s fierce silence. As her father appears in both memory and spirit, she confronts a forbidden box of composite photographs, fragmented images, which unearth a mysterious past. Set in a small apartment in New York City’s Chinatown, tales of love, tragedy and heroism, from both China and America, are unveiled in a story, which flows freely through time. With music creating a cross-cultural landscape of dreams, memories, and stark realities, The Floating Box, A Story in Chinatown tells an essential and mythic tale of one family’s loss, transformation, and survival.

CAST
Eva (Yee-Wa), Soprano
Mother Mezzo-soprano
Father’s Ghost Baritone

ORCHESTRA
Juan Carlos Rivas conductor
Min Xiao Fen pipa
Diana Herold vibraphone, percussion
Patti Monson piccolo, flute, alto flute
William Schimmel accordion
MIchiyo Suzuki Bb clarinet, bass clarinet
Satoshi Takeshi percussion
Tomas Ulrich cello
Wang Guowei gaohu, erhu, zhongu


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