Sonic Blossom Playlist

Duration : 16 minutes, 51 seconds

Singer performing Sonic Blossom in Lee Mingwei exhibition

Sonic Blossom, de Young, 2024. Costume designed in collaboration with Kelima K. Video still shot by Joe Poni

In Lee Mingwei’s Sonic Blossom (2013–present), a singer approaches visitors and invites them to be serenaded with a gift of song selected from Franz Schubert’s lieder (songs written for one voice). Lee Mingwei listened to these songs with his mother while caring for her after heart surgery in 2012, as she used to play them to him as a child. Listen on to experience these powerful songs for yourself.


  • Jayne Diliberto
  • Kyla Knox
  • Becky Lau
  • Chea Young Kang


  • Pianist: Kyle Naig
  • Sound editor: Danny Cesena
  • Recorded at: Different Fur Studios

Lee Mingwei: Rituals of Care is on view at the de Young from February 17 through July 7.

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