The aborigines, who have intimate relationship with the nature, form a unique group in Taiwan. Most of them survive relying on their abilities to live in harmony with the nature. Because of this relationship, they often express their respects and gratitude to their ancestors and the God by many kinds of ceremonies and expect they can continue praying for their lives. In addition, they believe the soul will not disappear and will exist around their lives when they die. To communicate with their forefathers’ souls, they use their special languages and original songs, which sometimes change along with the shift of time and place.
The word “Rutux” is derived from one of fourteenth aboriginal languages, which means the soul of the ancestor. According to the important thought, the composer tries to convey the main idea of the souls in aborigines’ mind and attempts to create the atmosphere of the ceremonies, which are held for blessing their ancestry. In the music contents, the composer uses the technical skills of clarinet, such as polyphonic chords, to mimic the traditional instruments used in aboriginal ceremonies and adopts some traditional songs sung in the praying processes.
Kuei-Fan Lin was born in Taiwan in 1984. She received her Master of Musical Arts in Composition and Theory from National Taipei University of Education (2008), where she studied with Yu-Chung Tseng. She is presently working toward a DMA in composition at the University of Arizona with Craig Walsh.
She has received numerous prizes, among them: Second Prize for the 8th MUSICACOUSTICA (2011), Third Prize for the 6th Taiwan Computer Music Competition (2010), Third Prize and Mention Award for the 4th MUSICACOUSTICA (2007), and Mention Award for National On-line Arts Creativity Composition (2007). Her pieces have also been selected from the SEAMUS 2012 National Conference (2011), the 2011 Shanghai Conservatory of Music International Electronic Music Week (2011), the 2011 International Computer Music Conference (2011), and the finalist for the "electro-acoustic" section of the 8th International Competition for Composers "Città di Udine Italy" (2010). Her piece was also selected for inclusion on the “Citta di Udine” CD series (8th Edition).