There was a time when Chinese American composers all came out of the Columbia University. No More. Today’s Chinese American composers come from everywhere and with varying backgrounds. Qin Yi, a Shanghai-born and Shanghai-studied composer, has a commission by the MATA Festival. Her new work will premier at this year’s Festival on April 18 at Roulette in Brooklyn.

Her piece is written for the Quartet New Generation (QNG), a recorder collective from Berlin. According to Qin, with an all recorder ensemble, the sound produced has a very harmonic timber. It’s almost like each sound is the “shadow” of the other sounds. That’s why she named the piece “Shadows of the Music”.

It sounds like a perceptive observation coated in a poetic metaphor.