An East-West round trip in two nights
Totally unique, inspiring and exciting! An all-star group of improvisers: Wu Tong from Beijing and Todd Reynolds, David Cossin and Evan Ziporyn from the United States will present two concerts "Around the Musical World in Two Nights" on October 29 and 30. It's a must-see for music lovers no matter what kind of music they love: jazz, classical or rock.
They come from very different and diverse backgrounds, yet this is one of the most creative foursome of the year. Wu, a longstanding member of Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble, is one of the world's finest players of the sheng, a Chinese traditional instrument. Reynolds, a fellow Silk Road Ensemble artist, has been hailed by The New Yorker as the "reigning classical/jazz violinist" of that ultimate cultural capital. Cossin was the percussion soloist of composer Tan Dun's Oscar-winning score, "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon", and "Concerto for Water Percussion and Orchestra"; and Ziporyn is the Kenan Sahin Distinguished Professor of Music at the world-famous Massachusetts Institute of Technology. All of them will jam music on the same stage to give the audience the unbound energy of improvisation.
Two concerts offer different programmes. The first evening "Journey to the West" is based on Chinese inspiration. The second night's "Journey to the East" brings fresh perspectives to standard tunes, jazz and classical works. In both, the quartet produces chemistry with magic, leaving the audience entranced.
To label or categorise the joint efforts of these four musicians would be to distort what they create, something which is beyond the boundaries of any musical tradition, or, rather, an amalgam of the world's best music. While Wu will breathe new life into Chinese folk melodies, such as "Song of the Yellow River Boatman" and "Jasmine", together the group will create a totally fresh experience through improvisation.
Vocalist and Sheng player Wu Tong is a nationally televised rock star in China. He was also the artist-in-residence, an exclusive and prestigious post with the Siemens Corporation earlier this year, where he developed loop machine technology and a specially-made electric sheng for amplification. A longstanding member of Silk Road Ensemble, Wu has toured all over the world with Yo Yo Ma.
Todd Reynolds, a Silk Road Ensemble artist, has appeared and recorded with artists such as Betty Buckley, Steve Coleman, Joe Jackson and Wayne Shorter. Reynold's distinguished career on violin includes frequent guest appearances with the Bang On A Can All-Stars and The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He is also active as a composer, conductor and interdisciplinary performance artist.
David Cossin studied classical percussion at the Manhattan School of Music. He specialises in new and experimental music, and has recorded and performed internationally with cellist Yo-Yo Ma and Talujon Percussion Quartet. He has also participated in festivals throughout Europe, the USA, Mexico, the Mainland and Japan.
Evan Ziporyn is also a member of the Bang On A Can All-Stars, and has performed at international venues across the globe. His work draws equally from world, classical, avant-garde and jazz music. He has recorded and toured with Paul Simon, Steve Reich, Matthew Shipp and Tan Dun. His solo album, "This Is Not A Clarinet", created a sensation in both the classical and jazz worlds and topped The Boston Globe's top 10 in 2001. But Ziporyn's passion has also been in the East - spending many years researching and performing Balinese gamelan.
"Around the Musical World in Two Nights", one of the highlights of the "New Vision Art Festival", will be performed at 8pm on October 29 and 30 at the Hong Kong City Hall Theatre.
Tickets priced at $120 and $180 are available at URBTIX outlets. Half-price tickets are available for full-time students, senior citizens, people with disabilities and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients. Group booking discounts are up to 20% off.
Programme brochures are available at URBTIX outlets or at the website, http://www.newvisionfestival.gov.hk
For programme enquiries, call 2370 1044. Telephone reservations can be made on 2734 9009 and credit card telephone bookings on 2111 5999. Internet bookings can be made at http://www.urbtix.hk
Ends/Wednesday, September 15, 2004