Subjected to intense classical training from a young age in piano and composition, Fay developed into one of China’s leading voices in modern classical music. Her orchestra music has been played in venues such as Germany’s Berliner Philharmonie, New York’s Lincoln Center, and Beijing’s National Center for the Performing Arts. However, after coming to the US in 2008 to study composition at Yale, Fay increasingly found classical music to be emotionally limiting and culturally isolated. Having sung in rock and jazz bands in Beijing, she began writing rock-inflected music featuring herself as a vocalist, first working with legendary downtown NYC experimental music collective Bang on a Can and later forming her own ensemble, Invisible Anatomy, an experimental chamber pop group described as “otherworldly and uncanny” by The Village Voice. She also slowly accumulated an album of bonafide rock songs.