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2024 Sound of Dragon Music Festival - Day 3

Vancouver, BC

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From Chinese Winds & Percussion to Indonesian Gamelan (Edmonton, Vancouver, Indonesia)
Zhongxi Wu / Hsuan Ning Huang / Charlie Lui and friends; Orchid Ensemble, Sutrisno Hartana, Purwanta Ipung
Annex Theatre, 823 Seymour Street, Vancouver

Chinese Winds & Percussion Music is a genre deeply rooted in traditional life style and an important part of festivals and temple celebrations. Composers have also used this instrumentation and draw inspiration from folk traditions to create new works. In this concert, we will present well known works from China, as well as the world premiere of music composed by Zhongxi Wu.

Zhongxi Wu - suona (Chinese reed winds) & sheng (Chinese mouth organ)
Charlie Lui - dizi (Chinese flutes)
Tim Chen - sheng (Chinese mouth organ)

Percussion :
Hsuan-Ning Huang  (Edmonton), Jonathan Bernard, Katie Rife, Dailin Hsieh

Zhongxi Wu - suona & sheng
Hailing from the 4th generation of suona players in his family, he graduated from the Heilongiang Performing Arts University in 1993. He has toured in China, Japan, the USA, Europe, and Canada, and has been featured in numerous solo, chamber and orchestral recordings and performances, spanning a diverse range of styles including traditional Chinese music and opera, contemporary music, experimental theatre, Celtic traditions, and jazz collaborations. Recently, the Western Canada Music Awards awarded Jasmine Jazz, his collaboration with the Vancouver Chinese Ensemble and the Jodi Proznick Trio, Best Instrumental Artist of 2023. As suona and sheng soloist, he premiered Rita Uedas double concerto, Birds CallingFrom the Canada in You, with the Orchestre Metropolitain de Montreal in 2022. Subsequently, he performed this work to great acclaim in London, UK with the Philharmonia Orchestra in 2023, and in 2024, with the Esprit Orchestra in Toronto, and the Orchestra of St. Lukes at Lincoln Center in New York, working with conductors Alexandre Bloch, Nicolas Ellis, Alex Pauk, and Steven Mercurio. He has taught students at the University of British Columbias Music Department, and is a faculty member at the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra School of Music.

Hsuan-Ning Huang - percussion
Hsuan-Ning graduated from Tainan Arts University in Taiwan and received her Bachelor and Masters degrees from the Central Conservatory in Beijing, China. She has studied with master percussionists Dehua Shi, Huang-ren Su, and Jianhua Wang. Before moving to Canada in 2021, she was the percussionist with the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, Kaoqiong Percussion Ensemble, China Youth Chinese Orchestra, Tainan Chinese Orchestra, and Macao Chinese Orchestra. She has been a soloist at the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestras Percussion Festival in 2012, 2019, and 2020 and toured Macao, China, Singapore, Russia, Korea, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Hungary, and Czech. She has won the 3rd place at the 2011 China International Percussion Competition, the 1st place of the 9th Hong Kong Best Young Drummer Competition

Charlie Lui - dizi/Chinese bamboo flutes
A multiple award winner, Charlie masters a wide range of Chinese wind instruments. He is a member of the Sound of Dragon Ensemble, BC Chinese Music Ensemble, Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra, and the principal dizi player of the BC Chinese Music Orchestra. As a soloist, Charlie has performed numerous dizi concerti and has released a number of CDs. In 2011, he premiered concerto grossoTsuur Song by Dr. Ning Wang with the Nu:BC and the BC Chinese Music Ensemble in a Canada-China collaboration. In the same year Charlie also performed Steve Chatmans Earth Songs with Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Charlie studied the dizi with Jian Min Pan in Vancouver and WeiYu Tan in China.

Vancouver's JUNO nominated Orchid Ensemble will re-unite with Indonesia musician/interdisciplinary artist Sutrisno Hartana after their last collaboration in 2008. Joining them is special guest gamelan musician/percussionist Purwanta Ipung from Yogyakarta, Indonesia. They will perform on a unique combination of instruments: erhu (Chinese violin), vocals, zheng (Chinese zither), percussion, dumbek, as well as gamelan instruments, such as suling (Indonesian flutes) and gender (pronounced gen-der, Indonesian percussion). The music include their own compositions and arrangements of traditional music, fusing together the cultures these musicians have come from.

Orchid Ensemble:
Lan Tung - erhu (Chinese violin) & vocals
Dailin Hsieh - zheng (Chinese zither)
Jonathan Bernard - percussion, dumbek

Sutrisno Hartana - suling, vocals, gender
Purwanta Ipung

Sutrisno Hartana is an arts educator, ethnomusicologist, researcher, and performer of gamelan and wayang (Indonesian puppetry) in North America. He has completed his doctoral degree in Art History and Visual Studies at the University of Victoria in Canada. He hold a MA in Ethnomusicology from the University of British Columbia in Canada. As a Javanese performing artist, he graduated his bachelor degree from the Indonesian Institute of Arts in Yogyakarta, Java. In 2004, the King of Paku Alaman garnered him the title Mas Lurah Lebda Swara making him a court musician at the Paku Alaman Palace in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. He has toured/performed/taught internationally in both traditional and contemporary performances throughout Asia, Europe, and North America. Sutrisno has taught at School for the Contemporary Arts Simon Fraser University, and the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, BC, Canada, as well as at Ningbo University in China.

Orchid Ensemble
Established in 1997, the JUNO nominated Orchid Ensemble is acclaimed as one of the most adventurous groups uniting Eastern and Western musical traditions (Georgia Straight). The ensemble regularly commissions and premieres new compositions. It has embraced a variety of styles in its repertoire, ranging from Taiwanese and Chinese music, World Music, New Music to Creative Improvisation. Its highly regarded interdisciplinary productions fuse music, dance (contemporary, aerial, flamenco, Chineseetc), visual arts, and media arts. The ensemble collaborates with artists from various genres, exploring new grounds and breaking down boundaries. In addition, the ensemble has created unique collections of works for its choral, orchestral, and cross-cultural collaboration projects.

The ensemble tours regularly across North America, performing at concert halls, educational institutions, and festivals. Recent appearances include The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Smithsonian Institutions Freer Gallery, Canada Day Celebrations in Ottawa, Festival Miami, the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, and the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. As BCs spokesperson for the UNESCO ASPnet in Canada, the Orchid Ensemble gives educational presentations to various age groups. The ensembles four CDs have won two International Independent Music Awards and received numerous nominations for JUNO, Western Canadian Music Awards, Canadian Independent Music Awards, and Canadian Folk Music Awards.

823 Seymour Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 3L4
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Start: Sunday May 26, 2024 8:00 PM
End: Sunday May 26, 2024 10:00 PM

CA$15.00 - CA$57.00

Who: Sound of Dragon Society

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Minimum Age: 3
Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!

  venue accessibility 190, wheelchair accessible

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