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Consensus: Sound of Dragon Ensemble Spring 2017 Concert
The Orpheum Annex
Vancouver, BC
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Thank you for attending the Sound of Dragon Ensemble's Spring 2017 concert. Our next event is the residency of New York pipa virtoso Min Xiao Fen, with performances and workshops at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, and collaboration with Proliferasian and the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra between June 27-July 1, 2017. The next installment of the bi-annual Sound of Dragon Music Festival will be in April 2018.


Consensus: Sound of Dragon Ensemble Spring 2017 Concert
The Sound of Dragon Ensemble brings together some of the most skillful musicians from the east and west to create new inter-cultural music featuring a unique combination of instruments. The Ensemble includes bowed strings, with Lan Tung and Nicole Li on erhu/Chinese violin and Marina Hasselberg on cello; plucked strings, with Zhimin Yu on the ruan/Chinese lute and Itamar Erez on guitar; winds, with Charlie Lui on the dizi/Chinese flute and Roderick Seed on the flute, and; the multi-talented Jonathan Bernard on percussion instruments from around the world.

The Sound of Dragon Ensemble is a creative platform for musicians and composers sharing similar interests in contemporary cross-cultural music to collaborate. On March 9, they come together to present original works by Vancouver composers John Oliver, Mark Armanini, Farshid Samandari, Bruce Bai, and Lan Tung, Toronto composer Tony Leung, and Italian composer Marco Bindi. The Ensemble will also collaborate with Vancouver conductor Jin Zhang and dancer Dong Mei for the first time.

John Olivers Consensus is a metaphor for inter-cultural music making. It is now a global phenomenon for musicians from different backgrounds who want to collaborate with other, similarly inspired, artists. Regardless of where theyre from, there is one thing most can agree on: music was born of about four or five notes in all cultures. This idea inspired Oliver to build his piece on four notes with ever-changing rhythms between different instruments to create great complexity.

The Ensemble presents the world premiere of two works inspired by poetry: Mark Armaninis music is set to two ancient Chinese poems by Wong Wei (approx. 692-761 AD). Through the depiction of a beautiful landscape, Wongs text expresses the desire to be away from the hustle of the daily life and the strong influence of Buddhism. Armanini, a Buddhist himself, has found Chinese instruments to be the most expressive vehicle for him for nearly three decades. Marco Bindis Hymn to Aphrodite is inspired by the ancient poem of Greek poet Sappho (approx. c. 630 c.570 BC), best known for her love poems. Bindi uses Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty, as a symbol to reflect the passion in Sapphos writings.

Itamar Erezs Rikkud is a kind of a chaotic, ecstatic dance, with some moments of relief until the very exhausting end. Bruce Bais Fall, a world premiere, depicts a scene all Vancouverites are familiar with: when the autumn comes all the lush greens are destined to fade away, yet new leaves will grow on the same trees next spring. Nature has its way of renewing itself; there is always hope in life. Lan Tungs Oriole transforms a 1940s Chinese pop song and pays tribute to Shakti, the highly influential 1970s Indian fusion band led by John McLaughlin and Zakir Hussain. The fast and exciting instrumental melodies create a contrast to the lyrical voice. The piece also showcases the musicians improvisational skills.

A graduate of the Beijing Dance Academy, internationally renowned dancer/choreographer Dong Mei has traveled extensively in China to study different ethnic dances. One of her specialties is the Uyghur style, developed at the crossroad of the ancient Silk Road in northwestern China. Dong Meis choreography blends Uyghur and modern styles to Tony Leungs Desert Dew and Farshid Samandaris Breath of Life. Desert Dew paints the classic desert landscape, while Breath of Life is a metaphor for how Persian and western music have influenced each other.

The evening represents a coming together of brilliant artists and composers connecting across cultures and genres to create something unique and wonderful  a concert all lovers of music will want to experience.

Two Chinese Poems (2017)  Mark Armanini (BC),
lyrics by Wong Wei (approx. 692-761 AD), world premiere
Consensus (2007, 2016)  John Oliver (BC)

Hymn to Aphrodite  (2015)  Marco Bindi (Italy), world premiere

Breath of Life  (2005)  Farshid Samandari (BC) for guitar & cello, Dong Mei choreography & dance

Rikkud  (1998, 2017)  Itamar Erez (BC)

Fall  (2017)  Bruce Bai (BC), world premiere

Desert Dew (2015)  Tony Leung (ON),
Dong Mei choreography & dance

Oriole (2016)  Lan Tung (BC)


The Orpheum Annex (View)
823 Seymour Street, 2nd floor
Vancouver, BC V6B 0G4


Arts > Dance
Arts > Performance
Music > All Ages
Music > Classical
Music > Global
Music > World
Other > Family-Friendly

Minimum Age: 5
Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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