Here’s the song I wrote with a Grammy-winning songwriter

It’s not every day that you get to meet a Grammy-winning and multi-platinum songwriter. So when I met Pascal Guyon at a friend’s dinner, I immediately told him that I wanted to work together on a song. We met up the following weekend and wrote a song from scratch. Every instrument and every note was written in this 4-hour time period. We wanted to write a uplifting pop song. Both Pascal and I played the piano parts that you hear in the song. Next step: getting someone to write lyrics to the song. We think the song could go well with rap or more lyrical melodies. Have an idea? Let me know!

Click below to hear the song or go here:

Hope you enjoy!!

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My piano composition for the Carol Klose Hal Leonard Piano Composition Competition

It’s been a while since I last competed in piano back in high school, but it’s fun to get into “competition mode” again. This is my first time competing in a composition competition. Hal Leonard is the largest music publisher and if I have a chance at getting published with them, then it’s certainly worth trying!

My composition is titled “Hurricane.” Check it out here:

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My new song!

While I was in New York for a quick 2-day trip, I met up with my friend Ben Hedman. He’s a  rapper and Harvard Law grad (awesome combo right?). We’ve always enjoyed making snogs together. The last song we made together was years ago-while I was still in high school: Finally, met up again this year and decided to make another song. We only had a few hours to hang out so after we went to grab food, we decided to give each other an hour to make a song from scratch. We combined the “oldest” type of music-classical music with dubstep, the “newest” type of sound. Let me know what you think!

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Front Row at the MTV Video Music Awards

Enjoying live performances from Taylor Swift, Pink, Green Day, Alicia Keys, and many more, the MTV VMAs this year was such a well-produced and entertaining event! I attended the event along with 2 other members of the Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation’s Youth Advisory Board. The Foundation’s is “committed to connecting young people in SAFE ways and empowering them with SKILLS and OPPORTUNITIES that will inspire them to create a kinder and braver world.”

Front row!

Sitting next to one of my FAVORITE comedians and actors, Russell Peters

Outside the Staple Center where the event is held

Completely packed!

The US Women’s Gymnastics Team that won gold at the Olympics!

Taylor Swift closing the show with her new single, “We are never ever getting back together”

My First Piano Recording!

This is my very very first time recording myself on the piano! Super excited to share music with everyone! A wonderful lady gave me a brand new AMAZING keyboard piano for my birthday a few months ago. The great thing about this keyboard is that you can directly record music on it so I thought I’d take full advantage of that feature :)

The song I decided to play is called The Moon Represents My Heart. It’s a famous old Chinese classic that was originally sung by Teresa Teng. It’s a beautiful piece so I wanted to share it with everyone :) I will post the direct audio download here soon (I need to upgrade my WordPress account to do this.)

Youtube version of the recording: 

Untitled #1 Composed by Nanxi Liu and Ben Hedman

I first met Ben when he was an undergraduate student at the University of Colorado, Boulder. I had a few classes with some of his friends so I met him randomly one day. He invited me to a concert he was holding at a local bar. I went and was blown away by his rap and hip hop songs. They sounded better than most of the rap songs I hear on the radio!

We were only able to collaborate on one song before he left to get his JD at Harvard Law School. So yes, Harvard once upon a time had a black rapper at their school. Legit.

Untitled 2 (version 1)

Finally! I have put one song I wrote into writing rather than just keeping it stored in my memory (which tends to forget things).

Here it is in PDF: Untitled 2

Here is the computer playing the piece in case you wanted to hear what is sounds like (I promise it sounds much better when a real person is playing!):

Disclaimer: This song was written in about 3 hours so it is a bit sloppy since it is the first draft. I will upload new versions onto here if I never decide to improve the piece.

John Williams

John Williams is one of my favorite modern composers. His ability to capture the heart of the story and translate it into music is phenomenal. I think the theme music for E.T. is as well known as the film itself. This may be said for so many of the compositions of Williams, including the Star Wars music, Jaws, and Harry Potter. There is no type of music this composer cannot write! Here are a few of my favorites of his works: