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First live performance of Dreamerfly given at Flatpack Festival

24 September 2021

Supported by a Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation grant, our quartet gathered in person for a successful live premiere.

Dreamerfly team delivers workshop to Royal Birmingham Conservatoire students

21 September 2021

We discussed the many aspects of completing an interdisciplinary project with composition, percussion and visual communication students.

Sounding Eye awarded USArtists International grant from Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation

6 July 2021

Fiscally sponsored by Bang on a Can, prestigious award granted for a performance at Flatpack Festival.

Creative Baggage podcast features co-founder Gloria discussing Sounding Eye

12 June 2021

Gloria enjoyed discussing the reality of interdisciplinary collaboration with Serena and Bailey.

San Diego Troubadour features co-founder Gloria and Dreamerfly

1 June 2021

Article written by Catherine Barnes, with a unique take on the contents and emotional impact of Dreamerfly.

23 April 2021

A discussion of how Shiyi’s practice is rooted in music, and how the original compositions inspire her visuals..

16 March 2021

Selected for a unique, online-only exhibition from hundreds of submissions from multiple countries.

Kickstarter campaign closes with 166% funding for Dreamerfly

12 March 2021

A community of 95 patrons supported the creation of this ambitious new work. Crowd fund closed immediately after premiere.

11 March 2021

Attended by benefactors and associates of the museum, supporters across the world, a successful first public virtual performance.

Concert Honesty podcast discusses Sounding Eye

7 March 2021

Josh Quillen and Gloria once again dive into mental health, noting that completing Dreamerfly was like climbing a mountain.

Sounding Eye hosts livestream in support of Dreamerfly Kickstarter

12 February 2021

View the replay here: https://youtu.be/BMCDdOawjoI

Google Arts & Culture permanently displays Dreamerfly installation


An honor to be featured on this global platform, featuring the installation version of the work.

2 October – 13 December 2020

Curated by Sylvia Theuri, the “Thirteen Ways of Looking” brought together 13 artists and an opportunity for audiences to view in person. Four-star review by The Guardian.

Coventry Biennale of Contemporary Art hosts live performance of Minister

12 April 2020

At the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, featuring Andrew Woolcock on percussion with bassist Aisling Reilly. Learn more.

November 2019

In anticipation of a performance at Coventry’s The Herbert, NAWM featured Shiyi’s interdisciplinary art work and its themes.

Classical WSMR radio’s Modern Notebook broadcasts 3rd movement of Minister

12 April 2020

Hosted by Tyler Kline, a special quarantine edition of the radio show featured “you’re not watching your figure, are you?”

Hong Kong premiere of Minister

6 September 2019

Hosted at O’s Music, with the support of Matthew Lau and Eyo Li. Gloria gave a solo performance including the solo version of Minister of Loneliness.

Co-Founders lead workshops at Silpakorn University International College

2-3 September 2019

Led by Shiyi Li, SUIC’s partnership with BCU brought a unique opportunity to introduce visual arts students to the practice of responding to music.

Bangkok performance of Minister at Princess Galyani Vadhana Institute of Music International Symposium

28 August 2019

This was the premiere of the percussion solo version of the piece, and featured Shiyi Li on stage conducting live visuals.

Overlap Animation Show & Tell – Minister solo preview

14 August 2019

By invitation from Louis Hudson, the in-progress solo version of the work was featured at Kongs Birmingham.

Minister selected for Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Étienne

21 March – 22 April 2019

Selected for screening as part of this large-scale event. Shiyi attended in-person in France.

UCA Experimental and Expanded Animation conference invites Minister team

28 February 2019

Reviewed by Lilly Husbands for the Fantasy Animation blog, this event featured many presentations and an impressive exhibition.

World premiere of Minister at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

21 November 2018

Featuring Aisling Reilly on bass, the entirety of Minister of Loneliness was premiered to a full house at The LAB in RBC.

Minister of Loneliness previewed at BCU

14 September 2018

A first iteration of what would become the four-movement work. This was an experimental run in BCU’s Parkside Building.

Co-founders Gloria and Shiyi met as graduate students


A serendipitous meeting following Gloria’s presentation for Visual Communication students, in search of a graphic designer.

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