Highlighting Chinese Music through New Cross-Cultural Works--"Rambling in Music" Concert for Chinese & Western Chamber Music of Beijing Modern Music Festival Held

On May 23 evening, over 700 audiences attended the Concert for Chinese & Western Chamber Music of Beijing Modern Music Festival entitled "Rambling in Music" at the packed CCOM Concert Hall. Being the first concert held after the opening of 2016 Beijing Modern Music Festival, the concert was organized and hosted by Center for the Exchange and Experience of Chinese and Foreign Music Cultures & Music Confucius Institute Office of CCOM. Since its establishment in 2012, the office has constantly upheld the artistic goal "sharing Chinese music with the world" and successively held a series of productive and influential activities featuring the exchange of Sino-Foreign music cultures, including "Three Tours"-organizing CCOM musicians to go on performance and exhibition tours in Europe and North America for three years; two "International Music Summer Camps" -inviting international students to China to learn and experience Chinese music culture; and two "Sharing Chinese Music with the World-Advanced Forums on the International Education and Communication of Chinese Music", striving to promote the two-way communication and deep fusion of world music cultures.

Featuring "highlighting Chinese music through new cross-cultural works", the concert presented 9 chamber music pieces of diverse styles and forms, among which 7 are new cutting-edge works. The concert began with the guzheng ensemble The Moon High Above (arranged in 2015), in this piece the elegance of traditional music was well presented through the interweave of multiple parts. Then Journey of the Wind (gold-award winning piece of "Golden Huqin Award") which was composed by Prof. Rui Xue for erhu, zhonghu and guitar in 2015 re-interpreted the tunes containing Chinese elements in a Chinese-Western combined way. The piece Millennium composed by Tian Jinglun (for guzheng, guqin, yangqin, erhu and piano in 2014), a graduate student of the Composition Department of CCOM during her tenure as a volunteer teacher at the Music Confucius Institute in Denmark strove to combine the modern western composing techniques with traditional Chinese music and present the cosmopolitan aesthetic interest through Chinese instruments. Featuring the musical style of Han and Tang Dynasties, Prof. Chen Danbu's A Drunken Dancing Silhouette (composed for pipa and guzheng in 2014) illustrated the ancient beauties' light and graceful dance among flowers after they got drunk through the naturally formed harmony played by pipa and guzheng. The yangqin quintet piece Equinox Flower composed by young composer Liu Li for Jasmine Ensemble in 2014 fully expressed the complication of the six-notes theme as the music unfolded. With harmonic vocabularies of Indian musical style, the music expressed the profound thinking of the life meaning. Prof. Chen Xiaoyong, who has settled down in Germany, always focuses on seeking possibilities into the higher level musical expressions and pursuing people's recognition of music in the spiritual level on the basis of deep understanding of national and European music and its culture. So his Watermark (composed for sheng and chamber orchestra in 2015) performed on that evening is a piece digging the modern spirit from traditional Chinese instruments.

The musical works performed in the concert have not only embodied Chinese composers' comprehension of cross-cultural music, but also incorporated western composers' pieces featuring the exploration into the glamour of Chinese music through different angles such as Mo Yan (first-prize winning piece of the First Composition Competition of the Music Confucius Institute in Denmark), composed by Polish composer Piotr Peszat for percussion, guzheng, piano, accordion and cello in 2014. There were also splendid A Cappella Hippity, Hoppity and Dancing Song, as well as the String Quartet No. 3 which was composed by Russian composer Alfred Schnittke-honored as "the contemporary Shostakovich", whose characteristic polystylism also echoes the inclusiveness and diversity features of this concert.

The lineup of the concert performers includes a number of excellent young faculties and students of CCOM as well as a number of active art troupes of contemporary stages such as Yuansha Guzheng Ensemble, CCOM Middle School Music Education Students' Choir, Amber Quartet, Jasmine Ensemble, etc.

People from all walks of life gathered at CCOM to appreciate the high-level Chinese-Western chamber concert. Though the concert program was mainly consisted of new cutting-edge pieces, the audience were still deeply immersed in the music, "rambled in music" and enjoyed the beauty of the fusion of multi-cultures in a warm atmosphere.


MCI Office of CCOM/transaltion:Qi Lei , CCOM , 2016-08-29

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