Press Release

For Immediate Release 

 

Event Date: November 24th, 2013

 

Melody of China 20th Anniversary Concert: A Fusion of Jazz and Chinese Traditions, San Francisco

 

San Francisco’s premiere Chinese chamber ensemble will present a retrospective of Melody of China (MoC) commissions, collaborations, and traditional repertoire. The afternoon will feature several high-profile guests including the world’s leading erhu soloist, Jiebing Chen as well as jazz pioneers: pianist/composer Jon Jang, saxophonist/composer Francis Wong, bassist Marcus Shelby and drummer Deszon Claiborne.

 

 

San Francisco, California (November 6, 2013) - Dazzling virtuosity and stunning beauty will be on display as Melody of China, San Francisco’s premiere Chinese chamber ensemble, celebrates twenty years at Old First Church on Sunday, November 24th at 4 P.M.  The afternoon will feature captivating performances by the bold and dynamic Melody of China with über-talented guests Jiebing Chen, Jon Jang, Francis Wong, Marcus Shelby and Deszon Claiborne in a rare synthesis of jazz, Chinese instruments, innovative new works and classical tradition.
 
It is fitting that Melody of China’s 20th Anniversary Concert take place at Old First Church in San Francisco, where the ensemble has performed five of their last seven concerts and where they feel most at home.  The program will present a retrospective of Melody of China (MoC) commissions, collaborations, and traditional repertoire.  Featured works will include Gang Situ’s landmark Double Concerto for Erhu and Yangqin (2001) for erhu, yangqin and orchestra (with piano reduction), Francis Wong’s Shanghai Stories for Chinese instruments and jazz quartet, commissioned by MoC in 2010, Flying China, MoC’s own medley of traditional pieces showcasing each instrument, and several other stirring selections from the group’s vast traditional repertoire. 

 

 

Top row left to right:  Haiyue Zhang, Xian Lu, Wanpeng Guo. Bottom row left to right:  Linhong Li, Yangqin Zhao, Gangqin Zhao

 

The afternoon will feature several high-profile guests including the world’s leading erhu soloist, Jiebing Chen as well as jazz pioneers: pianist/composer Jon Jang, saxophonist/composer Francis Wong, bassist Marcus Shelby and drummer Deszon Claiborne.  The program will also include brief discussions among Melody of China musicians, composers, friends and collaborators focusing on the history of the group and its cherished contribution to the arts in our contemporary culture.

 

 

MELODY OF CHINA:  Co-founded by Hong Wang and Yangqin Zhao, Melody of China has helped to popularize Chinese music in San Francisco, the Bay Area and throughout the nation.  The ensemble has premiered over 40 new works by 20 contemporary composers including Kui Dong, Gang Situ, Yuanlin Chen and Carl Stone.  They’ve performed all over the world including New York’s Lincoln Center, in Germany with the Berlin Philharmonic, and at the Chicago Jazz Festival.  Members include: yangqin (hammered dulcimer) soloist and Melody of China Director Yangqin Zhao, Gangqin Zhao on guzheng (zither), Linhong Li on pipa (lute), Wanpeng Guo on sheng (mouth organ), Xian Lu on dizi (bamboo flutes) and Haiyue Zhang on ruan (moon guitar).   Although they all trace their origins to China, they’ve succeeded in making the Bay Area home by carving a niche being the only long-standing Chinese chamber ensemble in San Francisco and one of the leading ensembles in the U.S.  The group’s longevity has enabled
 them to break barriers and work with a variety of arts organizations including Oakland Ballet, San Francisco Symphony, Lines Ballet, Earplay and Anthony Brown’s Asian-American Jazz Orchestra.
 
TICKETS:  Melody of China performs Sunday, November 24th 4 P.M. at Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento Street, San Francisco.  Tickets are $17 General Admission; $14 for Seniors 65 and over; $5 for full-time Students; Children 12 and under are free.  Tickets may be purchased online at Old First Concerts
http://oldfirstconcerts.org or over the phone at (415) 474 - 1608.  For more information about the group, visit Melody of China’s website at http://melodyofchina.org
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Melody of China 20th Anniversary Concert: A Fusion of Jazz and Chinese Traditions, San Francisco

San Francisco, California - Melody of China will celebrate 20 years of Chinese music in San Francisco with a concert on Sunday, November 20 at 4PM at Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento Street in San Francisco.  The afternoon will feature performances by Melody of China and guests Jiebing Chen, Jon Jang, Francis Wong, Marcus Shelby and Deszon Claiborne in a rare fusion of jazz and Chinese traditions. Tickets are $17 General Admission; $14 for Seniors 65 and over; $5 for full-time Students; Children 12 and under are free.  Tickets may be purchased online at Old First Concerts http://oldfirstconcerts.org or over the phone at (415) 474 - 1608.  For more information about the group, visit Melody of China’s website at http://melodyofchina.org.

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