Biography

Angel Lam

Angel Lam uses the beauty of soundscape and instrumentation to craft her music with refined emotions and a passion for life. Her training was in performing arts academy and music conservatory, and her passion for storytelling through music has driven her toward theater and film compositions.

Her music has been praised as:

Captures the essence of expectation; it is both poignant and important” (Yo-Yo Ma)

"Rich, singing tone and sense of drama" (New York Times)

Precious… soaring lyrical lines” (Metropolitan Opera Opera News)

"Mesmerized...dazzlingly gifted" (Financial Times headline news)

She has received three Carnegie Hall commissions, one of which is a piece she composed for Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, now playing in their worldwide performance tours. This work is recorded in the ensemble’s CD Off the Map and nominated for a GRAMMY for Best Classical Crossover in 2011.

In 2009 she composed a cello concerto for solo cellist Yo-Yo Ma and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Robert Spano. A commission from Carnegie Hall and a part of the Carnegie Hall Festival “Ancient Paths, Modern Voices: a Festival Celebrating Chinese Culture,” a New York City-wide event.

She has also composed for the multiple GRAMMY-nominated ensemble Yale Cellos, directed by master cellist Aldo Parisot, and working with Dawn Upshaw and Osvaldo Golijov in a song composition at Carnegie Hall. Her works has been performed by numerous ensembles and orchestras, including Minnesota Orchestra and Colorado Symphony Orchestra.

In 2012, as composer, librettist and artistic director, she premiered her first evening-length musical June Lovers, commissioned and produced by the 2012 Hong Kong Arts Festival. She has two theater works currently under development in New York City.

In 2009 she was voted "Artist of the Month" by Musical America and "Yalie of the Week" by Yale University Yale Alumni Magazine. In 2010, she was interviewed and featured on Best Buy Inc.'s "Creative Minds". She is the recipient of the prestigious Aaron Copland House Award, two times ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award, Audience Prize for Best Composition in Seoul International Competition for Composers, MacDowell Colony Margaret Lee Crofts Fellow Award, Pacific Music Festival Fellowship, Aspen Music Festival Fellowship, among others.

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    Thunder Step 2046/7 8 mixes Angel Lam
    Haunted, barren Japanese landscape featuring a koto, harp & double bass
    3:41
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    Silent Desire 2046/9 10 mixes Angel Lam
    Mysterious Japanese fusion with hypnotic bass & emotive shakuhachi flute
    3:07
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    Sense Of Rain 2046/6 7 mixes Angel Lam
    Serene, delicate & meditative. Features a koto, harp & pizz bass
    2:49
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    Restless 2046/2 7 mixes Angel Lam
    Mysterious, undulating, koto & bells
    2:09
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    Life Sketches 2046/5 7 mixes Angel Lam
    Spacious Japanese shakuhachi & koto duet
    2:52
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    Eyes In The Sky 2046/1 9 mixes Angel Lam
    Gently pulsing harp & Japanese koto with light bells & wistful string bass
    2:51
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    Emptiness 2046/4 8 mixes Angel Lam
    Japanese koto & shakuhachi flute duet. Spacious, haunting & expressive
    3:30
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    Drop By Drop 2046/8 7 mixes Angel Lam
    Sparse, meditative score featuring harp, classical guitar & temple bells
    3:21
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    Folk Village 2046/3 5 mixes Angel Lam
    Happy & pastoral, folk-like Japanese shakuhachi & koto
    1:55
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