Raised in Taipei, Taiwan, a city in the heart of Asia that gathers civilizations from all over the world, Cali has been keen on learning about different cultures and the communications between them from a young age. She started to watch a wide variety of movies in high school, from Kieslowski to Hong Kong cinema, and it is back then that she found her love for film scores and the way music can bring pictures to life in film.
While studying Theatre and Drama in college, she started to score many plays and short films. She gained many experiences in how music or sound can support storytelling in a variety of ways, while at the same time, she kept accumulating professional music skills such as orchestration, music writing, and sound design. Meanwhile, she studied performing arts, which enabled her to approach characters through in-depth character analysis. Many of her works have been recognized and credited by institutions such as the Golden Horse Short Film Awards and Cannes Corner . After graduation, she continued to work on different types of productions including TV series, commercials, short films, and public art installations.
Soaked in a multi-cultural environment and having had access to movies and music around the world, her compositions are deeply influenced by both East Asian materials such as Taiwanese / Chinese traditional music, and by western artists such as Philip Glass and Michael Nyman. She also has a keen interest in industrial / electronic sound design. Her favorite composers are Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alexandre Desplat. A few of her favorite directors are Wes Anderson, Wong Kar-wai, Quentin Tarantino, Peter Greenaway, the Coen Brothers, Paul Thomas Anderson, Wim Wenders, Ang Lee, and Paolo Sorrentino. She is currently a screen scoring student at USC and is definitely looking forward to the journey in L.A. ahead of her.