A Structural Improvisation Piece Composed by Yeeman Mui with artistic input by Joe Small. The piece include an adaptation of a song titled “Ja Dan Dui” [Wind] composed by Soili Perkiö.
Under the influence of my Orff Sculwerk background, Gliding Dreams is an original odaiko structural imporvisation piece that I composed. It is a product of embracing the powerful nature of tenderness and gentle quality. As a female growing up in Asia where stereotypical gender roles take place in many levels of the society, I often find myself progressively defying gender expectations. In my teenage years I went through phases of wanting to become a “male” and trying very hard to proof that I am strong and powerful. The creative process of Gliding Dreams was to immerse myself to embrace the feminine nature of one self (whether female or male) and recognize the power of gentleness, gracefulness and fluidity. Especially with the odaiko, it is often associated with masculinity and aggressiveness; however, gracefulness can also be powerful and strong. Performing Gliding Dreams were moments of embracing the vulnerability and being true to myself.