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”From China with Love” Guqin Concert

  Date: 7/19/2019
  Time: 7:30pm
  Venue: Auditorium
  Ticket: $20. per ticket.

Thank you for reserving your ticket(s) for the Guqin Concert on July 19th and for supporting the Young Adult Division in sending our members to Regional and International Conferences.

Please be sure to find YAD's booth at Hsi Lai Temple, either in front of the Tea Room or in the Courtyard, on one of the following days to pay for and pick up your tickets.

- Saturday, June 29th, 2019 from 10AM to 5PM
- Sunday, June 30th, 2019 from 10AM to 5PM
- Saturday, July 6th, 2019 from 10AM to 5PM
- Sunday, July 7th, 2019 from 10AM to 5PM
- Saturday, July 13th, 2019 from 10AM to 5PM

  Ticket Reservation: Please Reserve Ticket Online

Organizer:Fo Guang Shan Hsi Lai Temple, Beijing Ruiming Music Co.,Ltd, Enmusci Inc
Co-organizer:HongGuqin Art Center
Produced by:Veneralbe Hui Shiuan
Concert director:Yunchuan Ye
Concertc art director:Jiazhen Zhao
Coordinator:Judy Xiong
Graphic Design:Zichu Chen
Concert host:Lingchen Li /Zichu Chen
Camera Shooting:Rock Chang


  Program I:Hanshan Seng Zong — The Monk of Cold Mountain’s Footsteps,
Composed by Chen Dawei, adapted for guqin by Xiong Yunyun

This song was originally written as an ensemble for guqin and xiao, or Chinese flute. Xiong Yunyun has since adapted it into a guqin solo. As a Buddhist melody, the guqin provides a solemn sense of searching and seeks to express the eternal Chan contemplation, where is the monk? Smooth and crisp, the song seems like it is murmuring or whispering to the listener. Its meditative melody resembles moonlight on a tranquil night, expressing a profound wisdom that pierces through the darkness of the world. Upon hearing this piece, Chan Master Wude remarked, “One’s breath is a Buddhist chant, one’s pulse is the beat of the bell and drum, one’s body is the universe, and one’s ears are awakening itself. There is no place that is not tranquilly at peace.”

  Instrument:Guqin with Vocal

  Performer:Xiong Yunyun
Xiong Yunyun is a highly respected international guqin player. She has won the Chinese Music Award, and her album has been included in the Masters Collection of Guqin's 10th Anniversary as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage. She received her Bachelor’s in Guqin Performance from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and has been learning guqin for 26 years. She previously studied with seven teachers and now is studying with Prof. Zhao Jiazhen.

  Program II:Ping Sha Luo Yan — Wild Geese Landing on the Beach
(Traditional song)

A flock of wild geese travel across vast lands before finding rest on a sandy beach. Although it is not their usual home, they are safe here. They can find food and spend the night at ease. The deep and serene tone of the xiao combined with the leisurely and soothing strum of the guqin create a feeling of seclusion and safety. It builds an environment in which, despite being free to leave, one yearns to stay longer into the night.

Wild Geese Landing on the Beach is one of the ten main guqin songs played in China. Its ever-changing, yet unhurried pacing calls to mind a flock of migrating wild geese as they swoop to the beach one by one. They call out, telling each other that all is fine. At the same time, this song alludes the honest scholars of ancient China who wished to escape from the shackles of society and its corrupt rulers. The guqin and xiao are the perfect combination for creating this scene. Together they remind the listener of gracefully-moving geese coupled with their sense of freedom.
  Instrument:Guqin Solo

  Performer:Zhao Jiazhen
Zhao Jiazhen is a professor at the Central Conservatory of Music and Chairperson of the Chinese Guqin Association. In 1980, she enrolled in the Central Conservatory of Music’s Traditional Music Department. Upon graduating in 1984, she became an instructor at the university and was promoted to professorship in 2005. She is also a member of the Musicians Association of China and serves as the Director of the Beijing Guqin Research Association.

Zhao has performed with the Chinese Symphony Orchestra, Film Orchestra of China, Beijing Symphony Orchestra, Brussels Symphony Orchestra of Belgium, the National Orchestra of Taipei, and has worked to produce several albums.

Zhao has recorded music for movies such as Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Dream of the Red Chamber, Swordsman, Fire on Yuanming Yuan, and Wu Zetian. She has also produced CDs including Colorful Rhythm, Renowned Musicians and Songs, The Elegance of Poetry, and Glimpses of the Silk Road.

In the past several years, Zhao has toured in the United States, Germany, Italy, Holland, Switzerland, Austria, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan and Hong Kong. In 2009 she performed one of the most famous guqin pieces, “Flowing Water,” for President Barack Obama during his visit to Beijing.

In 2008, UNESCO named guqin and its music as an Intangible Cultural Heritage. Zhao was named by China as the official bearer of guqin music and culture.

At the 10th Annual Independent Music Awards in 2011, her album Guqin: Masterpieces of Chinese Guqin from Tang Dynasty to Today won best album in the World Traditional Music category.

  Program III:Yu Qiao Wen Da — Dialogue Between a Fisherman and a Woodcutter
Traditional Song

Dialogue Between a Fisherman and a Woodcutter is a classic guqin melody that has been represented in over 30 notational collections since the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644).

Dialogues between fishermen and woodcutters have been a recurring theme in Chinese art and poetry, dating as far back as the Tang Dynasty (618–907). These dialogues came to represent the purity of mind that an individual could attain through living in harmony with nature and the benefits of direct, unpretentious speech.

The piece is structured as a series of elegant questions, each sentence ending with a slight, upward-bending pitch. The music gradually accelerates and the sense of a dialogue is further suggested by small internal repetitions of musical phrases and motifs. The piece ends with a return to the serene questioning of the opening phrases, bringing the music to a quiet resolution.

  Instrument:Guqin Solo

  Performer:Qi Weidi
Qi Weidi is a young guqin performer in Beijing, China and the Executive Director of Chinese Guqin Association. She received her Master’s in Guqin Performance from the China Conservatory of Music and her Bachelor’s in Chinese Literature from Peking University. She studied under Prof. Zhao Jiazhen.

  Program IV:Dabei Zhou — The Great Compassion Mantra

The Great Compassion Dhāraṇī is a commonly-chanted text in East Asian Buddhism. Its full title is the Vast, Perfect, and Unhindered Mind of Great Compassion Dhāraṇī, and it is a passage from the similarly-named Sutra of the Vast, Perfect, and Unhindered Mind of Great Compassion Dhāraṇī of the Thousand-Handed & Thousand-Eyed Avalokiteśvara Bodhisattva translated by the seventh-century monk Bhagavaddharma. In the Sutra, Avalokiteśvara proclaims this dhāraṇī to bring benefit and joy to all sentient beings. The virtues of this dhāraṇī are vast and endless like the ocean; whether it be removal of karmic obstacles, fulfillment of vows, or even attainment of awakening, one can benefit from its great and profound skillful expediencies.

  Instrument:Guqin Solo

  Performer:Liu Zibo
Liu Zibo is a young guqin performer in Xi’an and a student of Prof. Zhao Jiazhen. He is the Founder of the Bogu Guqin Arts Center, Director of Hongqin Art Group in Xi’an, and a member of Chinese Guqin Association.

  Program V:Xiao Xiang Shuiyun — Views of the Xiao and Xiang Rivers
Wuzhizhai Qin Pu, Adapted by Wu Jingluo in 1937

This piece was first written during the fall of the Southern Song dynasty (1127–1279) when China was conquered by Genghis Khan and the Mongols. This piece expresses the composer’s devastation and helplessness as he watched his nation crumble, unable to do anything to stop it. He was influenced by the uncontrollable force of water and the colliding of these two great rivers as a metaphor for his feelings.
  Instrument:Guqin Solo

  Performer:Wang Kehan
Wang Kehan began studying at the age of 12 under Wu Mincong, a graduate student at the Central Conservatory of Music. He began studying guqin with Prof. Zhao Jiazhen in 2017.

  Program VI:Meihua Sannong — Plum Blossoms in Three Movements
Qinpu Xiesheng(1820), Adapted by Wu Jingluo in 193

This piece was originally composed for the dizi by Huan Yi during the Jin dynasty (265–420). During the Ming dynasty, Yang Lun explained its title, saying that “Plum is the purest of blossoms; guqin is the purest of sounds. Using the purest of sounds and purest of objects, it is appropriate that they produce a crisp, frosty melody.” In other words, through guqin, the performer expresses the ideal of the plum flower. The three movements are played on the top, middle, and bottom of the guqin. Although the three repetitions play the same song, they are performed on different parts of the instrument. The melody is crisp and pure, alluding to how plum blossoms brace the winter frost and are the first to bloom. Through their perseverance, plum blossoms are regarded as an admirable flower and are used to praise those who persevere in the face of adversity. Thus, it has become one of the top ten most popular melodies in Chinese classical music.

  Instrument:Guqin Solo

  Performer:Qian Wei
Qian Wei is a student of Prof. Zhao Jiazhen, an instructor at the Bicai Arts Center in France, and a distinguished artist at the Chinese-French Arts Festival in L’lsle Adam, France.

  Program VII:Qiu Sai Yin — Song of the Frontier in Autumn

This song was based on the tale of Wang Zhaojun, who left her hometown and began a journey northward during the Western Han Dynasty (206 BCE–24 CE). It paints a scene chilling autumn winds against an unkempt background. It captures Wang’s distress and loneliness as she leaves her hometown. Overall, the song presents her sorrow while also lingering with listeners, evoking endless emotions.

  Instrument:Guqin Solo

  Performer:Wang Youdi
Wang Youdi is a young guqin performer in Hong Kong and guqin instructor of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA). She received her Master’s in Music from HKAPA and her Bachelor’s in Guqin Performance from the Central Conservatory of Music of China. Youdi studied under Prof. Gong Yi and was supervised by Prof. Zhao Jiazhen and Dr. Tse Chun-Yan

  Program VIII:Youlan — Hidden Orchids

The second-century scholar and official Cai Yong once said, “Confucius traveled through all the kingdoms looking for a wise king, but rulers did not care for him. On the way back, he saw orchids blooming in the valley, and thought, ‘orchids were regarded as the king of flowers, but are now cast among wild grass, just like how wise and virtuous people are treated as despicable brutes.’” Thus, Confucius wrote this piece to express his feelings. The orchids are “hidden” in the sense that nobody recognizes them, just as nobody appreciated wisdom and virtue.

  Instrument:Guqin Solo

  Performer:Qi Miao
Qi Miao is an undergraduate student at the Central Conservatory of Music studying under Prof. Zhao Jiazhen. Qi is also a guqin instructor at the Nanyun Guqin Arts Center.

  Program IX:Yi Guren — Reminiscing Old Friends

Arranged by Wu Jinglüe in 1939 and based off of an older manuscript, this piece is also known as Reminiscing Old Friends on a Desolate Mountain. It is said that this was originally composed by Cai Yi of the Eastern Han dynasty (25–220). The piece evolves around the theme of memory. The mixed left- hand techniques of vibrato and slide create a flowing yet structured melody, representing lingering thoughts and a reluctance to part. The harmonic passage in the end brings the music into the sounds of nature and leaves the listener to his own thoughts.

  Instrument:Guqin Solo

  Performer:Liu Xiaocheng
Liu Xiaocheng is a young guqin performer in Beijing, China. He is the Executive Director of the Chinese Guqin Association and a senior mentor of the Zhao Jiazhen Guqin Arts Center. He received his Master’s in Guqin Performance from Central Conservatory of Music. Liu has studied under the renowned guqin performer Yang Qing and is supervised by Prof. Zhao Jiazhen.

  Program X:Liushui — Flowing Water
Tian Wen Ge Qin Pu(1960) Adapted by Wu Jinglüe

“Flowing Water” has been long praised by guqin players. It draws from the tale of a guqin player named Boya who smashed his instrument when his friend Zhong Ziqi passed away. The tune evokes a sense of water flowing from high up in the mountains, transporting the audience to the setting of this eternal story.

In the Qing dynasty (1644–1911), the guqin player Zhang Kongshan expanded the piece and popularized it. In doing so, he highlighted ancient techniques and made the image of flowing water exceedingly clear, leading to the name “Seventy-Two Kinds of Rolling, Brushing, and Flowing Water.”

In 1960, Wu Jinglüe adapted the Tianwenge qinpu, or Notations of the Pavilion of Heavenly Hearing (1876) to capture the presence of water dripping from mountains high above and the myriad transformations in between. He also used it to convey water in the sense that it can encompass everything, wash away defilements, flow through any obstacle, and always move forward.
  Instrument:Guqin Solo

  Performer:Liu Jiajia
Liu Jiajia is a young guqin performer from Chaoshan. She is a certified guqin teacher at the China Conservatory of Music and was awarded Excellent Instructor at the Hongqin Music Competition. She is a student of Prof. Zhao Jiazhen.

  Program XI:Lisao — Sorrow at Parting
Shen Qi Mi Pu (1425)

“Sorrow at Parting” was composed by Chen Kangshi towards the end of the Tang dynasty (618–907). Inspired a poem of the same name by the patriotic poet Qu Yuan (340–278 BCE) best remembered for his connection to the Dragon Boat Festival, the song first appeared in the guqin collection Shenqi mipu. The original song consists of nine sections and later versions of it developed into eighteen. The song expresses Qu Yuan’s homesickness, patriotism, and tragic demise.

  Instrument:Guqin Solo

  Performer:Zheng Zihao
Zheng Zihao is a graduate student at the Central Conservatory of Music under Prof. Zhao Jiazhen. He also serves as a guqin instructor at the Zhao Jiazhen Guqin Art Center.

  Program XII:Pu’an Zhou — The Pu’an Mantra

The autumn moon shines between the pine trees as a spring bubbles just beyond the rocks. Crickets sing, and while the surroundings are silent, the unmistakable sound of a bell and wooden fish echo through clear night air. They wash away the evening colors, leaving an empty canvas behind.

One’s body is transported to an ancient monastery deep in the mountains. Coming and going amidst the sound of the evening bell, with each ring reverberating throughout the solemn temple, one melts into the surrounding environment and the purifying melody.

“The Pu’an Mantra” is based off of a Buddhist mantra first taught by the Southern Song monk Pu’an, a Chan master of the Linji school. The mantra was based off of the Siddham syllabary and recited to dispel evils and bring peace to all directions. It later became adapted into a guqin piece, taking it from the realm of Buddhist ceremony and into the music of the Qing court.
  Instrument:Guqin and Percussion

  Performer:Jiazhen Zhao, Congnong Li Lingchen Li,Zichu Chen

Li Congnong
Li Congnong has performed as a percussionist with the Central Opera Theatre, served as a judge at the CCTV Folk’s Instrument Competition, and taught as a guest professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Music. Li was born into a family of traditional Chinese opera percussionists. In college, Li expanded his studies to include contemporary western percussion instruments and techniques and is now one of the few artists who are proficient in opera, ethnic percussion, and western percussion.

Li has toured the US, Austria, Germany, France, Britain, Denmark, Switzerland, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Macao. He is co-founder of the Ba Da Chui percussion ensemble (literally, “Eight Mallets”) and often plays with the Beijing New Music Ensemble.

Over the years, Li has toured the US, Austria, Germany, France, Britain, Denmark, Switzerland, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Macao. He is co-founder of the Ba Da Chui percussion ensemble (literally, “Eight Mallets”) and often plays with the Beijing New Music Ensemble.

Li Lingchen
Li Lingchen is a graduate student in Guqin Performance at the Central Conservatory of Music. He began his musical journey with piano and guqin, which he learned at a young age. In high school, he learned to play clarinet at the Interlochen Arts Academy. Thus, Li was trained in both western and Chinese classical music, giving his performance a unique flair.

Chen Zichu
Chen Zichu is a young guqin performer in Beijing supervised by Prof. Zhao Jiazhen. Chen serves as the Assistant Secretary of Chinese Guqin Association and has won gold awards from the China Traditional Instruments Competition in Seoul, Korea and the 2018 Hummingbird International Music Festival.

Producer :Ye Yunchuan
Ye Yunchuan is a producer, composer, arranger, graphic designer, Grammy member, and the founder of one of China’s most prestigious recording labels, Rhymoi Music. Ye is also the first Full Voting Member of the American Grammy Awards to represent the Chinese music industry. Prior to his current work, Ye established an international reputation as a composer and producer, and received over 150 awards, including several American Independent Music Awards, Chinese Golden Album Awards, numerous rave reviews in CD Bible (China), and was included on China City Radio Association’s Ten Hottest Albums list. As founder of his own recording label, he is committed to establishing new standards of excellence for recorded music in China. Rhymoi Music recordings are immediately identifiable by their innovative approaches to programming, world-class musical and artistic standards, aesthetic presentation and packaging, cultural relevance, and conscious desire to introduce Chinese musical gems to an international audience. Deeply committed to his Chinese musical heritage, Ye is committed to building new bridges between the China’s rich musical heritage and musical traditions throughout the world.

Special Guest: US Famous Flute Performer Ms. Yuting Liu