Described as “luscious” and “passionate“, the music of Juhi Bansal takes its inspiration from a widely disparate set of elements. As an Indian composer brought up in Hong Kong, her pieces draw subtly on those traditions, entwining them closely and intricately with the gestures of classical music. Expressive and emotive, much of her music begins with extramusical origins: visual stills from nature, poetry, or poignant and biting phrases of prose.
Her works have received numerous national honours and awards, including the Five Colleges New Music Festival Competition, ASCAP Lotte Lehman Foundation Art song Competition, ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer awards, and fellowships to attend the Atlantic Music Center, Seasons Music Festival, Oregon Bach Festival Composer’s Symposium, and the Pacific Music Festival. Recent commissions and performances include …where shadow chases light, commissioned by the Oakland East Bay Symphony with funding from the James Irvine Foundation, Michael Morgan conducting; I’ve Looked For You (text by Gregory Scofield), commissioned by the AIDS Quilt Songbook 20th Anniversary project; The Lost Country of Sight at the Five Colleges New Music Festival; and An Imaginary Thing for the Los Angeles based Panic Duo’s 2013 season.
An active conductor as well as composer, Juhi often premieres works of other composers as well as her own. She is also co-artistic director of the New Lens Concert Series, which brings programs juxtaposing contemporary and classical works to the Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle areas.