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Echoes of China - Contemporary Piano Music

  • Laszló Z. Bitó '60 Conservatory Building, Bard College 61 Blithewood Avenue Annandale-on-Hudson, NY United States (map)

Pianist Susan Chan performs works by international award-winning contemporary Chinese composers including Zhou Long, Chen Yi, Alexina Louie and Tan Dun.

The program includes Zhou Long’s Pianobells, Chen Yi’s Northern Scenes, Alexina Louie’s Music for Piano, and Tan Dun’s Eight Memories in Watercolor. It mixes old and new, and East and West.

While these Chinese composers were born in Beijing, Guangzhou, Vancouver and Changsha, their music shares the common thread of embracing a blend of Chinese and western traditions, and transcends cultural and musical boundaries.

Spanning from 1979 to 2013, these pieces contain an amalgamation of Chinese and western elements. One can hear echoes of Chinese music, art and literature, as well as western elements of impressionism and church chimes in these compositions.

Part of the 2nd annual CHINA NOW MUSIC FESTIVAL: China and America — Unity in Music

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