Present was written for a contemporary dance choreographed by Jingze Wang. It was premiered in the Hammer & Nail 2012 event presented in Buskirk-Chumley Theatre in Bloomington, Indiana.
Below is original program notes written by the choreographer:
"What you need to know about the past is that no matter what has happened, it has all worked together to bring you to this very moment. And this is the moment you can choose to make everything new, right now."
Born in 1987 in Fuzhou, China, Bin Li is an emerging composer based in the United States. His music has been performed in festivals and venues such as the Aspen Music Festival, the Buskirk-Chumley Theatre, Electronic Music Midwest, Electroacoustic Barn Dance, SoundCrawl, the Jacobs School of Music and the Bishop Nightclub. Bin has received awards from Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra Composition Competition, International Society of Bassists Composition Competition, Jacobs School of Music Dean's Prize Composition Competition and Migratory Journeys International Composition Competition.
Bin holds a Bachelor's Degree of Music in Composition from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. His principle teachers at IU were Claude Baker, David Dzubay, P.Q. Phan and Jeffrey Hass (Electronic). Additional studies include Samuel Adler in Berlin and George Tsontakis in the Aspen Festival. Bin's pre-college composition studies were with Frank Felice and Zurong Guo.
In addition to his music activities, Bin has also earned a Bachelor Degree of Science in Business at Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. He is a qualified CPA candidate and working as a public audit assistant and financial consultant.
Bin's upcoming projects include a performance by the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra and other commissions from Ensemble Lunatik (Quebec City) and several individual players. Bin Li's music is published by Grundgestalt Edition (ASCAP).