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ERMMedia to Record
Composer Tony K.T. Leung’s
SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION
on MILLENNIUM PROJECT: MADE IN THE AMERICAS -
Volume Two CD Project with the Millennium Symphony!
Chosen from over 600 excellent submissions, Leung’s SIX
DEGREES OF SEPARATION stands out and is awarded a
recording contract with the award-winning ERMMedia.
Recording starts in May for a September release.
Leung’s SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION on
MADE IN THE AMERICAS - Volume Two
Tony K.T. Leung is a Toronto based composer whose music has
been performed and broadcast in Australia, Belgium, Denmark,
France, Hong Kong, Korea, Luxembourg, Ukraine, the USA and The term Six Degrees of Separation is the
result of an experiment conducted by American
Canada by leading contemporary music ensembles. Recordings
social psychologist Stanley Milgram in the late
of works by the composer include CD releases from Luxembourg 1960s. He sought the answer to this question:
Sinfonietta, ERMMedia, and Canadian Electroacoustic Commu- How are human beings connected? He got the
names of over a hundred people, at random,
who lived in different cities, and he mailed
Born in Hong Kong, Tony discovered music through his first
each of them a packet. In the packet was the
name of a businessman who lived in a yet an-
instrument, the erhu, and later the cello. As a youth, he arranged other city. Each person was instructed to give
music for a Chinese orchestra, which sparked an early interest the packet to a friend or acquaintance that he
in western music and composition. From 1989 to 1992, the com- thought would get it closer to the businessman.
Milgram found that most of the letters reached
poser studied composition privately with University of Toronto
the businessman in five or six steps.
Professor Chan Ka Nin. He received further training through
workshops with Arraymusic, Conductors Guild, Esprit Orchestra, To model this musically, the piece opens with
National Arts Centre, Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, and
the 6 performers playing unsynchronized. The
“experiment” begins when the flute plays
New Adventures in Sound Art. alone, attempting to send a musical message
to the clarinet. Having received the message,
In 2003, his chamber music “Six Degrees of Separation” was the clarinet responds in imitation and further
selected for the ALEA III International Composition Competition passes the message to the piano, and so on,
finalist concert in Boston. In 2006, his orchestral work “In the until the last instrument, the cello, gets the
message. Having found the path, the group
beginning” was released on the ERMMedia CD “Masterworks of
plays together as an ensemble. Six Degrees
the New Era,” Vol. 9, performed by Kiev Philharmonic. of Separation was selected for the ALEA III
2003 International Composition Competition
finals in Boston.
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