Music From China
& Talujon Percussion
"Tales from the Cave"
Contemporary music for Year of Silk Road at Queens College
Music From China and Talujon collaborate in a rare concert of contemporary music for percussion quartet and Chinese ensemble.
Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016 at 8 PM
LeFrak Concert Hall in the Aaron Copland School of Music
65-30 Kissena Blvd #203, Flushing, NY 11367
Free admission (no ticket necessary)
ZHOU LONG: Tales from the Cave
HAROLD MELTZER: Guangzhou Circle (commissioned, world premiere)
XIE PENG: Ling Long
QU XIAOSONG: Lam Mot
WANG GUOWEI: Tea House II (NY permiere)
Harold Meltzer"s Guangzhou Cicle, commissioned for the collaboration and given its world premiere, represents the composer's intimate response to a work of architecture, a circular skyscraper in Guangzhou, China of the same name. The building design is inspired by the ancient and iconic Chinese image of double jade discs where the disc-shaped building is "doubled" by its reflection in the Pearl River. Written for Wang Guowei on different kinds of Chinese 2-string fiddles with a percussion quartet, Zhou Long's Tales from the Cave is inspired by the art of the Dunhuang Mogaoku grottoes and folk music from this Silk Road region. Using Chinese ensemble and percussion quartet, Ling Long by composer Xie Peng is a metaphor for a state of exquisite beauty, drawing from elements of Beijing opera.
On its own, Talujon performs Qu Xiaosong'sLam Mot for three percussionists. Music From China performs Wang Guowei'sTea House II for erhu, pipa and zheng, a reflection on the cultural and social essence of the tea house as a focal point of Chinese folk life, drawing from musical storytelling genres of the Yangzi River delta.
Music From China: Wang Guowei, erhu; Sun Li, pipa; Zhou Jing, zheng; Anna Urrey, dizi
Talujon: Michael Lipsey, Matthew Ward, Matthew Gold, David Cossins
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