Drawing inspirations from the Spanish poet Juan Carlos Mestre's poem Pan de Ayer (Yesterday's Bread), Pluie (Rain) is a work on the remembrance of the forgotten, a lament for the lost, and a farewell to the past. Below is an excerpt from the poem:
"[...] Mothers continue to peel peas under gravestones
I will hear the bells in the center of the world
While the native houses collapse in the rain"
Canadian composer Alison Yun-Fei Jiang (b.1992) draws inspirations and fuses influences from sources including the Canadian landscapes, poetry, literature, film music, and Chinese traditional opera, creating music for concert and dance with epic melodic gestures in a dynamic, dramatic, and colorful nature.
A winner of the 2016 Toronto Symphony Orchestra Call for Scores, Alison is a commissioned composer for the National Youth Orchestra of Canada's 2018 season. Alison's music has been recognized by awards from the SOCAN Foundation, ASCAP, the American Prize, and International Alliance for Women in Music. In addition, her music has been performed and workshopped by groups and ensembles including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, JACK Quartet, Imani Winds, the Wet Ink Ensemble, American String Quartet, Quartetto Apeiron, and FearNoMusic. Her music has been heard in USA, Canada, and Europe, featured in music festivals and summer programs including the HighSCORE Music Festival, the Atlantic Music Festival, FUBiS Summer Composition Course, and Oregon Bach Festival Composers' Symposium.