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Home | ”From China with Love” Guqin Concert

”From China with Love” Guqin Concert

  Date: 7/19/2019
  Time: 7:30pm
  Venue: Auditorium
  Ticket: $10. 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


Producer :Yunchuan Ye
Producer, Composer, Arranger, Graphic designer, Grammy member, and the founder of one of China’s most prestigious audiophile recording labels, Rhymoi Music, Yunchuan Ye is further distinguished as the first Full Voting Member of the American Grammy Awards (The National Academy for Recording Arts and Science – NARAS) representing the Chinese music industry. He is one of the rising stars in China’s growing music industry. Prior to his current activities, Ye established an international reputation, as a composer and producer, being awarded one hundred and fifty times including several American Independent Music Awards, Chinese Golden Album Awards, numerous rave reviews in CD Bible (China) in addition to being included on China City Radio Association’s “Ten Hottest Albums” roundup. Experiences of cooperation with international music production and publication has provided him with a truly global perspective. As founder of his own recording label, Rhymoi Music, he is committed to establishing new standards of excellence for recorded music in China. Rhymoi Music recordings are immediately identifiable - with their innovative approaches to programming, world-class musical and artistic standards, beauty of presentation and packaging, cultural relevance, and their conscious desire to introduce the treasures of Chinese music to an international audience - Rhymoi Music is without peer. With his deep commitment to the traditions and national music of his homeland, Yunchuan Ye is committed to building new and ever more creative and beautiful bridges between the musical heritage of China and the musical traditions of the world. Yunchuan Ye continues to realize his vision with each new recording.


Programs

  Program I:Han Shan Seng Zong — The Han Shan Monk Track, Composed by Dawei Chen

"All things in the world are empty” Hanshan monk track was originally an ensemble of Guqin and flute , and was adapted into guqin solo by Yunyun Xiong. This is a pure Buddhist song ,it expresses the eternal zen of "where to find traces" . The melody is smooth and deep, almost like whispering. Master Wude(Famous monk) said after hearing the piece: " Your breathe is chanting , pulse beat is the bells and drums , the body is the temple , the ears are Puti , all is quiet . "

  Instrument:Guqin with Vocal

  Performer:Yunyun Xiong
Highly respected international Guqin player who has won the "Golden Melody Award of Chinese Language". Her album has been included in the Masters Collection of Guqin's 10th UNESCO’s world heritage Anniversary. Bachelor of Guqin performing from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. She Has learning guqin for 26 years, She has studied with seven teachers and now is studying with Prof. Jiazhen Zhao.


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

A flock of wild geese, as they travel across vast lands, find rest on a sandy beach. Although it’s not their usual home, they’ re safe here, can find food, and can spend the night at ease. The deep and serene tone of the xiao, combined with the leisurely and soothing strum of the guqin, create an atmosphere of seclusion and safety, where one may come and go as one pleases, but wants to stay a little longer anyway.

Wild Geese Landing on the Beach is one of the ten main guqin songs; its everchanging but unhurried pacing describe the image of a flock of migrating wild geese as they swoop to the beach one by one, calling out to tell each other that everything’s fine. At the same time, this song is an allegory representing the intellectuals of ancient China, who wished to escape from the shackles of society and corrupt rulers. The guqin and xiao are the perfect combination for creating this scene, as together they remind one of the graceful movements of geese, as well as their sense of freedom.

  Instrument:Guqin Solo

  Performer:Jiazhen Zhao
Professor of Central Conservatory of Music, Chairman of the Chinese Guqin Association. In 1980 she enrolled in the Traditional Music Department of the Central Conservatory of Music as a student, graduated in 1984. Upon graduation she became a teacher at the university and became a professor in 2005. She is also a member of the Musicians Association of China, 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, and the National Orchestra of Taipei City and engaged in the production of several albums.

Zhao has recorded music for movies such as “The History of the Three Kingdoms”, “Dream of the Red Chamber”, “Swordsman”, “Fire on Yuanming Yuan ” and “Wu Ze Tian”. She has also produced CDs: “Colorful Rhythm”, “Renowned Musicians and songs”, “The Elegancy 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 it’s music as a National Intangible Cultural Heritage Element. 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 Woodcutter (Traditional song)

Dialogue between a Fisherman and Woodcutter is another classic of the Qin repertoire dating from the Ming Dynasty. The melody has appeared in at least 40 qinpu and possibly originated in great antiquity, undergoing many transformations over the centuries.

Dialogues between fishermen and woodcutters are a recurring theme in Chinese art and poetry and date back as far as the Tang Dynasty. These popular dialogues came to represent the purity of mind that an individual could attaint through living in harmony with nature and the benefits of direct, unaffected speech.

The melody 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:Weidi Qi
Young Guqin performer in Beijing, China. executive director of China Guqin Association. Master of Guqin, graduated from the China Conservatory of Music; Bachelor degree of Arts, majored in Chinese Literature from Peking University. She was taught by Prof. Jiazhen Zhao.


  Program IV:Da Bei Zhou — The Great Compassion Mantra, 【Wuzhizhai Qin Pu】 Adapted by Jingluo Wu in 1937

Young Guqin Performer in Xi’an, Disciple of Prof. Jiazhen Zhao. Founder of Bogu Guqin Arts Center, Director of Hongqin Art Group (Xi’an Branch), Member of China Guqin Association.

  Instrument:Guqin Solo

  Performer:Zibo Liu
Young Guqin Performer in Xi’an, Disciple of Prof. Jiazhen Zhao.

Founder of Bogu Guqin Arts Center, Director of Hongqin Art Group (Xi’an Branch), Member of China Guqin Association.


  Program V:Xiao Xiang Shui Yun — View of the Xiao Xiang Confluence

This piece was written during the time that China was taken over by Genghis Khan and the Mongolians. This piece was written to express the devastation of the composer watching a once great nation fall and his inability to do anything. He took influence from the uncontrollable nature of water and the colliding of these two great rivers becoming one as a metaphor for these feelings.

  Instrument:Guqin Solo

  Performer:Kehan Wang
Enlightened guqin playing from Mincong Wu, graduate student of Central Conservatory of music at the time since 12. Later started to study guqin with Prof. Jiazhen Zhao in 2017.


  Program VI:Mei Hua San Nong — A variation of Themes on Plum Blossoms, (1820) Adapted by Jingluo Wu in 1939

There once was a government official uniquely gifted with the flute. He used his talents to compose a piece about the beauty of plum blossoms. He played it for the Emperor who was so impressed he declared it the official theme for all plum blossoms. Years later an unknown musician transcribed the theme song for plum blossoms for guqin using its unique characteristics to turn the theme into a Rondo.

  Instrument:Guqin Solo

  Performer:Wei Qian
Young Guqin Performer in Xi’an, Disciple of Prof. Jiazhen Zhao. Founder of Bogu Guqin Arts Center, Director of Hongqin Art Group (Xi’an Branch), Member of China Guqin Association.


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

The story was based on the legend of Wang Zhaojun left her hometown and began a journey northward in Western Han Dynasty. It described the scene of northward during autumn season, very wild with strong winds. Zhaojun felt distressing and lonely because of far away from her hometown. The overall score presents her emotion, and also lingered with listeners, with endless touching.

  Instrument:Guqin Solo

  Performer:Youdi Wang
Young Guqin performer in Hong Kong, Guqin instructor of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA). Master of Music from HKAPA; Bachelor of Arts, majored in Guqin from the Central Conservatory of Music of China. Youdi was enlightened Guqin performance by Prof. Gong Yi and supervised by Professor Jiazhen Zhao and Dr. Tse Chun-Yan.


  Program VIII:You Lan — Solitary Orchid

Han dynasty government officer Cai Yong’s work "Qincao" said:Confucius traveled through all the kingdoms looking for a wise king,but the rulers did not care for him. On the way back, he saw orchids blooming in the valley, and thought: orchid is originally the Queen of all flowers, but now with the surrounding wild grass , Which resembles the current political background of the time. Therefore, Confucius wrote the piece to express his feelings.

  Instrument:Guqin Solo

  Performer:Qi Miao
Undergraduate student of the Central Conservatory of Music under Prof. Jiazhen Zhao. Guqin Teacher of Nanyun Guqin Arts Center.


  Program IX:Yi Gu Ren — In remembrance of old friends

Arranged by Maestro Wu Jing-lue according to the old manuscript of Li Qin Xuan in 1939, this piece is also known as “In remembrance of old friends in the empty mountains.” It is said that this was composed by CAI Yi of the late Han dynasty. The piece evolves around the theme of “remembrance”. The mixed left- hand techniques of vibrato and slide create the flowing but structured music, representing the lingering thoughts and 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:Xiaocheng Liu
Young Guqin performer in Beijing, China. Executive director of China Guqin Association. Senior mentor of Zhaojiazhen Guqin Arts Center. Master of Guqin from Central Conservatory of Music. Xiaocheng’s Guqin performance was enlightened by famous Guqin performer Mr. Yang Qing and supervised by Prof. Jiazhen Zhao.


  Program X:Liu Shui — Flowing Water, (1960) Adapted by Jinglue Wu

Once upon a time a lumberjack was working up in the mountains and stumbled upon a guqin player practicing. He shared his feelings about the piece and this was the first time the guqin player had met someone that felt the same way about the music as he had. The lumberjack became the musician’s muse. The guqin player then played Flowing Water and they once again discovered they shared the same feelings for the music. They continued to meet and share music with each other. One day the lumberjack passed away so the guqin player smashed his instrument and never played again because he no longer had his muse.

  Instrument:Guqin Solo

  Performer:Jiajia Liu
Young Guqin performer in Chaoshan,Certified Guqin Teacher of China Conservatory of Music, Excellent Instructor of Hongqin Music Competition,Disciple of Prof. Jiazhen Zhao.


  Program XI:Li Sao — The Li Sao Poem, (1425)

Li Sao was composed by Kangshi Chen of the late Tang Dynasty. Adapted from the poem of the same name by Qu Yuan, a great patriotic poet of the Warring States Period. The piece was first seen in , a collective book of Guqin pieces. The original song consists of nine paragraphs, and later versions of it developed into eighteen. This song expresses Qu Yuan’s homesickness and patriotism, as well as his tragic death.

  Instrument:Guqin Solo

  Performer:Zihao Zheng
Graduate student of the Central Conservatory of Music under Prof. Jiazhen Zhao. Guqin Teacher of Zhao Jiazhen Guqin Art Center.


  Program XII:Pu An Zhou — Incantation of the Monk Pu'an Traditional song

The autumn moon shines down upon a lonely pine set upon a mountain. The songs of crickets and a temple bell echo through clear night air. Stillness. Silence. The “incantation of the Monk Pu’an” is one of the most famous pieces in the Qin repertoire. The melody is believed to have come from and ancient chant known as the Shitan Zhang (Siddham Stanzas) attributed to a monk named Pu’an, the abbot of a Buddhist temple. Over the centuries, the melody has been used in Buddhist ritual music and was later incorporated into orchestra music of the Qing court.

  Instrument:Guqin Solo

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

Congnong Li, Throughout his distinguished career, Congnong Li has performed as a percussionist with the Central Opera Theatre, Judge of the CCTV Folk’s Instrument Competition, and guest professor of the Royal Danish Academy of Music. Li was born into a family of traditional Chinese opera percussionists. While in college, Li expanded his studies to include contemporary western percussion instruments and techniques, one of the few artists proficient in opera, ethnic percussion, and western percussion repertoire.

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.

Lingchen Li,Graduate student of Central Conservatory of Music, majored in Guqin performance. He started learning music by studying piano and Guqin at a young age. Majored in clarinet at Interlochen Arts Academy for his high school years. He was trained in both western classical music and Chinese classical music which gives his performance a quite unique taste.

Zichu Chen, Young Guqin Performer in Beijing, supervised by Prof. Jiazhen Zhao. Vice Secretary of China Guqin Association. Gold awards winner of China Traditional Instruments Competition (Seoul, Korea), and 2018 Hummingbird International Music Festival.


Special Guest: US Famous Flute Performer Ms. Yuting Liu