Moni Jasmine Guo Composer, Arranger, Pianist


Bio: Composer/pianist Moni (Jasmine) Guo, born in China, has studied music since she was three. After her piano and composition studies at Interlochen Arts Academy, The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University and Rice University, she is currently a first year PhD student at UCLA studying composition under Peter Golub and Kay Rhie. Her previous composition teachers include Pierre Jalbert, Shih-hui Chen, Michael Hersch, Samuel Adler, Jason Eckardt, Amy Kirsten and Cynthia Van Mannen. She has also had master classes with Steven Stucky, Shulamit Ran, George Lewis, Scott McAllister, Christopher Rouse, David Ludwig, Donald Crockett, George Tsontakis, Hannah Lash, Ken Ueno, Nils Vigeland, Robert Cuckson, Emil Awad, Chris Paul Harman and Robert Paterson. Her pieces have been read/performed by famous soloists such as Miranda Cuckson, Courtney Orlando, Michael Kannen, Kyung Wha Chu, also ensembles such as IIIZ+, Deviant Septet, and Winsor Music. Jasmine is now a member of The Pi Kappa Lambda Society. She has received the P. Bruce Blair Award in Composition and the Pauline Favin Memorial Award in Piano in 2016, has been awarded the JCCAA Scholarship in 2017. She is also the winner of the TNME student composition competition in 2018. Her music has been performed in the US and Europe.

List of Composition Compositions with performance in public are indicated with ?*? Compositions currently working on are indicated with ?^? Large Ensemble: No One's Vanda, No One's Pearl for full orchestra (2019) *Fairyland 精灵岛 for full orchestra (2018) *Night Ghost 夜魅 for full orchestra (2018) *Sommer Street for full orchestra (2015) String Orchestra No. 1 (2014) Fugue for string orchestra (2013) *Mocnus for full orchestra (2012) *IFM for brass ensemble (2012) Wild New World for full orchestra (2012) Chamber: ^Whispers of The World Suite No. 1 for Symphonietta (2019) *Fallen Skin, Flying Wings for Clarinet (db. Bass. Cl.), Violin and Cello (2019) *Fire Dance 火舞 for String Quartet and Guitar (2018) Sequoiadendron giganteum for Flute (db picc.), Oboe, Bb Clarinet (db. Bass Cl.), Bassoon, Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Double Bass (2017) *Impression of an Ancient City for Flute, Bb Clarinet, Bassoon, Violin, Cello, Percussion and Piano (2017) *Living Spirit 生靈 for Flute, Bb Clarinet, Violin, Cello and Piano (2017) *Fissure (The Crack v. 2) for Bb Clarinet, Bassoon, Trumpet, Trombone, Percussion, Violin, Double Bass (2016) *The Crack v. 1 for Deviant Septet: Bb Clarinet, Bassoon, Trumpet, Trombone, Percussion, Violin, Double Bass (2016) *Why So Serious? for Soprano, Piano, Percussion, Violin, Double Bass, Horn, Clarinet and Bass Clarinet (2016) *Luan Shi Chuan Kong 亂石穿空 for traditional Asian instrument Ensemble IIIZ+: Zheng, Koto, Gayageum and Janggu (2016) *Ju Shou Pianist for piano four hand (2015) *Variation on Brahms Op.10/1, for oboe horn and cello (2015) String Trio No. 1 (2013) *Fémopt for piano trio (2013) *Ending Time (2012) Solo: *Blue Blood Moon 青血月 for solo bassoon (2019) *Rising from Ashes 凤凰涅槃 for solo piano (2018) *Radiance for solo trumpet (2018) *Yun Bai 韵白 for solo viola (2017) *Light City for solo piano (2017) *Hiding from Scadinp for solo piano (2016) *Feng 风*疯 for solo flute (2016) *Cello Suite No. 1 (2015) *Three Piano Pieces (2014) Five Pieces for solo violin (2014) *Toy Fantasy: color étude for organ (2014) Saki for solo piano (2013) Five Twelve-Tone Pieces for solo piano (2012) Voice: *Three Pieces for Soprano and Piano: The Road of Adversity (2015)

Electronic/Computer Music: Rupture for pre-recorded electronics (2019) *Always Phone for electro-acoustic?Max MSP, piano and iPhone (2017) *Study I for pre-recorded electronics (2016) *Escape for pre-recorded electronics (2013) Film: *Original Composition for film "The Lucky One" (2019) *Original Composition for documentary "Transplant" (2019) *Original Composition for documentary "Binary Thinking" (2019) *Original Composition for film "Red" (2019) ^Original Composition for animation "In the Woods" (2019) *Original Composition for documentary "Boxed In" (2018) Original Composition for film ?Wood Girl? (2018) *Original Composition for film "Bloody Glove Box" (2017) *Original Composition for film ?My Boy\'s Caesar Salad? (2014)

Compositions

Night Ghost
Night Ghost (夜魅 Ye Mei) is an orchestral realization of an imaginary myth. In Chinese, Mei【魅】is a ghost of the mountain. For this piece, I imagined how a mountain that is ruled by a ghost would look at night. The music focuses on two elements: loud chordal passages and quiet wind music (A and B). My musical background has been influenced by both Western music (German and Russian) and Eastern music (Chinese, Japanese and Korean). In this piece, the chordal passages represent what I learned through the Western tradition. The wind passages and the percussion passages, each representing the sound of nature and the sound of celebration, are from my Eastern background. The Imaginary Myth: Once upon a time, there’s a ghost in the mountainside that calls himself the king of the mountain. The ghost king only likes to appear at night, and every time when he goes out, there are celebrations around the area. The piece opens with the tale of the ghost king (loud chordal passages), continues with a scene of the king’s palace (quiet wind music), then transitions with presenting the king’s army and preparing for the king’s celebration. Proceed by an exciting drum dominating section, which represents the ghost king’s celebration, the piece finally arrives at the end with the appearance of the ghost king.