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Preview: Ding Yi Chinese Chamber Music Festival 2019

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Ding Yi Music Company has always been known for their strong stance and support for Chinese chamber music, and they certainly put their money where their mouth is. In collaboration with Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, Ding Yi Music Company presents the fourth edition of the Ding Yi Chinese Chamber Music Festival 2019 (CCMF 2019) this September!

Taking place over a single weekend, the festival showcases an exciting Chinese music weekend of free talks and ticketed concerts, with stirring performances from homegrown musicians from Ding Yi, as well as three distinct international Chinese chamber ensembles from Canada, China and Taiwan, allowing local music lovers to indulge in a wide variety of presentations and styles of Chinese chamber music. The festival has also specially commissioned local budding composers, winners from 2018 Chinese chamber music composition competition, Composium to write pieces for all three concerts. Check out who’s playing:

Sound of Dragon Ensemble (13th September)

Bold and exotic, the Canadian Sound of Dragon Ensemble challenges the conventional perception of Chinese chamber music and built a unique east meets west Chinese chamber music ensemble, combining the Chinese huqin, ruan and dizi with the Western guitar, flute and cello, completed by a collection of percussion instruments from both music genres. Hear them present Lan Tung’s “Sound of Dragon”, as well as Itamar Erez’s “Migrant Voices” in an evening of unconventional or contemporary repertoire specially curated to trigger audiences’ imaginations.

3peoplemusic (14th September)

Taiwanese Chinese chamber music ensemble 3peoplemusic are forerunners of the Chinese chamber music scene, re-adapting traditional Chinese and folk music before showcasing them in a modern presentation. Nominated at the 28th Golden Melody Awards for Traditional Arts and Music, the young virtuosos present a series of soothing yet captivating, familiar yet refreshing Chinese chamber music repertoire, with their original work “Luxury and Dissipation”, Pan I-Tung’s “Dreaming of Jiangnan” and Jen Chung’s “Slowly Rowing on Jasmine Waves” to demonstrate their artistry.

Tang Family Music Ensemble (15th September)

With three generations of musicians, the Tang Family Music Ensemble is one of the most celebrated Chinese chamber music ensembles in China. Best known for their silk and bamboo music presentation, the ensemble is led by the renowned pipa master Tang Liang Xing, together with virtuosos – dizi master Zhan Yong Ming and sheng master Weng Zhen Fa. Their concert presents signature pieces “Walking the Street”, “Moderately Ornamented Six Beats”, and “Auspicious Clouds”, showcasing their capabilities at performing both familiar and traditional classics.

Ding Yi Chinese Music Festival 2019 runs from 13th to 15th September 2019 at the Esplanade Recital Studio. Tickets and full line-up available from The Esplanade

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