Music Beyond Borders: Revisit the World With Us: Music from China Trio, August 8, 2017

Although the coronavirus likely prevents us from presenting Music Beyond Borders this summer, we thought you might enjoy revisiting some of the wonderful moments from past performances.

For  10 years, Music Beyond Borders, a collaboration between Morris Arts and Mayo Performing Arts Center has offered this summer series of free outdoor programs of world music and dance….bringing a taste of cultures from six continents to summer lunchtimes on the Morristown Green.

So, let’s take a trip down memory lane and sample some of the past delights of Music Beyond Borders –  Music from China Trio from August 8, 2017

Below, Wang Junling concludes her performance of the zheng (plucked  zither) solo, Typhoon (1960)…showcasing her virtuosity on the zheng and the powerful description of the Asian hurricane.

 

Below, the trio plays a piece depicting a Mongolian Horse Race, complete with the Chinese fiddle (the erhu) mimicking horses neighing. Performers include Wang Guowei (erhu), Susan Cheng on yangqin (hammered dulcimer) and Wang Junling on zheng (plucked zither).

 

August 8, 2017: Music From China Trio

Embracing both traditional and new music, members of the NYC-based Music From China have performed with major symphony orchestras, chamber groups and such jazz greats as Ornette Coleman. 

Hailed by the NY Times and Washington Post as a “master of the erhu,” praised for his “extraordinary” and “gorgeous” playing, Wang Guowei performs on the erhu, the 2 stringed spike fiddle (With snake skin resonator). He performs along with yangqin (hammered dulcimer with bamboo mallets) artist Susan Cheng, founder of Music From China, and zheng (21 string zither with movable bridges) virtuoso, Wang Junling, in an exciting and hauntingly lovely program featuring classical and folk arrangements that evoke scenes of nature, Chinese culture and the lifestyle of the Chinese people.

The group has performed at such institutions as Princeton, Duke, Yale, Vassar, Dartmouth, the Peabody Conservatory, Eastman School of Music, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Smithsonian Folklife Festival, and the Library of Congress, among others. As a proponent of new music, Music From China also commissions and performs works that extend Chinese music and instruments beyond traditional boundaries, innovatively mixing Chinese and Western instruments and forming a unique repertoire.  Music From China is also the first Chinese ensemble to receive an “Adventurous Programming” award from Chamber Music America and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) for creative programs that combine the music of East and West. http://www.musicfromchina.org

For the August 8th performance, the crowd was large and enthusiastic, bringing 428 people to the Green and spanning every age and ethnicity. 

And here are some VIDEOS  from their performance:

Click HERE and HERE to  hear and see Wang Junling performing the 1960 piece entitled Typhoon, a virtuoso solo for zheng (plucked zither).

HERE the trio performs Birds the Forest, uncannily mimicking the sounds of birds on the erhu (2 stringed Chinese fiddle played by Wang Guowei) and HERE they perform the traditional melody, Jasmine, utilized by Puccini in his opera, Turandot.  

Wang Guowei, master of the erhu, performs a solo HERE while Wang Junling demonstrates her skills on the zheng in this celebratory solo piece. 

Clearly influenced by the horse-centered culture of Mongolia, this piece is very pictorial in its depiction of  a Mongolian Horse Race (listen for the horses’ neighing mimicked by the erhu). 

For additional before and after performance coverage and VIDEO by  www.Morristowngreen.com, check HERE  and HERE.

Here are some PHOTOS from the performance: