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IAS Thursdays: Art and Science in the Age of Convergence

December 2, 2021 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm


Lei Liang
Chancellor’s Distinguished Professor of Music
University of California, San Diego

Lei Liang will discuss his most recent project, in which he collaborated with cultural heritage engineers, robotic engineers, data scientists, and software developers to explore the sonification of landscape paintings through a multimodal approach. This exploration led to creative efforts to preserve and reimagine our cultural and environmental heritage.

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Heralded as “one of the most exciting voices in New Music” by The Wire magazine, Lei Liang is a Chinese-born American composer whose works have been described as “hauntingly beautiful and sonically colorful” by the New York Times, and as “far, far out of the ordinary, brilliantly original and inarguably gorgeous” by the Washington Post. Lei Liang’s recent works address issues of sex trafficking across the US-Mexican border (Cuatro Corridos), America’s complex relationship with gun and violence (Inheritance), and environmental awareness through the sonification of coral reefs.

The winner of the 2011 Rome Prize, Lei Liang is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Aaron Copland Award, a Koussevitzky Foundation Commission, a Creative Capital Award, and the Goddard Lieberson Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His concerto for saxophone and orchestra, Xiaoxiang, was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Music in 2015. His orchestral work, A Thousand Mountains, A Million Streams, won the prestigious 2021 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition.

IAS Thursdays at the Institute for Advanced Study brings ideas, conversations, and viewpoints to the heart of the University of Minnesota. Our events are free and open the public; IAS Thursdays are designed for scholars from all walks of life.


December 2, 2021
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm


Virtual Event
MN United States