The experience of travelling the globe and performing music from
many different countries has given me a more vivid perspective on
my own cultural background. It triggered a desire to share more of
my own culture with audiences around the world. And so began a
significant personal project to add more Chinese repertoire to the
transcriptions I had already made and recorded. This has involved
commissioning new works, transcribing pieces and working with
other Chinese instrumentalists to create music together.
With the benefits of greater understanding and experience, I now
feel ready to present the first harvest of this journey - a double
album dedicated to music from my country.
This recording reflects the breadth and depth of Chinese music.
The music spans epochs from the Han Dynasty (206BC-220AD) to now,
and spans a diversity of styles, including ancient classics,
folkloric and modern, using musically significant pieces of
repertoire where appropriate. In addition to transcriptions, there
are also original compositions for guitar from leading Chinese
composers. It also showcases the versatility of the guitar,
including solo guitar works, works for guitar and orchestra, and
chamber pieces with traditional Chinese instruments.
Release Date: August 2020
Format: CD, digital
Producer: Xuefei Yang
Location (solo & chamber): National Centre for
Performing Arts, Beijing.