Melody of Dragon returns to CUUC with a program of traditional Chinese music. Read on for programming details, background on the group and the specifics works performed.
Melody of Dragon:
Centering Music: Melody of Dragon-- Chen, Tao (dizi); Xia, Wen-Jie (erhu); Liu, Li (ruan)
In A Festive Mood
Raindrops on the Plantain
The Purple Bamboo:
Silk & Bamboo Music
Music for All Ages: with Melody of Dragon
Autumn Moon over the Placid Lake
Journey to Gusu
Step By Step
Step By Step
About the Music:
1. In A Festive Mood Folk Song
A popular song in East China. It’s often played at festivals, celebrations or any joyous gatherings.
2. Jasmine Flower Folk Song
Famous folk tune with beautiful melody, a tasty song of Silk & Bamboo music style.
3. Raindrops on the Plantain Cantonese Music
One of the most popular compositions from the early period of Cantonese instrumental music, this piece abounds with the beauty of southern China. The lively rhythm evokes the sounds of raindrops falling on the plantain leaves as the tree sway in the breeze.
4. The Purple Bamboo Silk & Bamboo Music
This lively tune is a folk song popular south of the Yangtze River. Traditionally, the main melody is played alternately by the dizi, the strings and the plucking instruments and is an example of the Silk & Bamboo Music.
5. Autumn Moon over the Placid Lake Cantonese Music
Cantonese music is a distinctive school of Chinese folk music. It is highly descriptive, characterized by vitality and inventiveness and usually played by a small group where each player extemporizes on the same tune and the leader, playing the goad, sets the pace. Set in the great seaports of southern China, Cantonese music was exposed early to western influences.
6. Journey to Gusu Jiang Xian-Wei
Elegantly rounded tones and fluid melodic phrases capture the scenic beauty of the Jiangnan region.
7. Step by Step: Cantonese Music
This piece is drawn from the Cantonese School of Music, a regional school of Chinese folk music. It is highly descriptive, characterized by vitality and inventiveness and usually played by a small group when each player extemporizes on the same tune and the leader, playing the gaohu, sets the pace.
Melody of Dragon, Inc., a Chinese music ensemble based in New York City, was founded in 1998, by four virtuoso musicians from the leading conservatories in China in order to introduce and promote Chinese musical repertory in the United States. The ultimate purpose of Melody of Dragon is to build a bridge of musical and cultural exchange between China and the United States.
Melody of Dragon maintains a full itinerary of concert performances and educational programs for schools and the general public. The members of Melody of Dragon are Chen Tao, master of the dizi (Chinese bamboo flute) and the ensemble's director; Chen Sisi , world-class soloist of the yangqin (hammered dulcimer); Zhang Bao-Li, master of the erhu (two-string fiddle); Liu li, renown performer of the guqin (ancient seven-string zither).
For more info, please visit: http://www.melodyofdragon.org/