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Around the musical world this Friday and Saturday at City Hall

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 performances of "Around the Musical World in Two Nights" this Friday and Saturday (October 29 and 30) at the Hong Kong City Hall. 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 foursomes 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.

"Around the Musical World in Two Nights", one of the highlights of the "New Vision Art Festival", will be performed at 8pm 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,

For programme enquiries, call 2370 1044. Telephone reservations can be made on 2734 9009.

Ends/Tuesday, October 26, 2004
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