Press Release

For Immediate Release 

 

Event Date: June 5, 2016

 

Melody of China Welcomes Gene Coleman, San Francisco, CA, June 5, 2016

 

 

Gene Coleman

 

San Francisco, California, May 25, 2016 - Melody of China will be expanding its boundaries and horizons in June.  The world premiere of "Horizon" for mixed ensemble, video and pre-recorded sound will be featured on June 5th at the Center for New Music.  "Horizon" is a fascinating new multi-media work by composer Gene Coleman that explores the architectural wonders and landscapes of Hong Kong via a captivating journey through video, sound and live performance.  "Horizon" will enjoy its first performance by Melody of China and several guest artists including the composer himself on Sunday, June 5 at 4 P.M. Gene Coleman has won several awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship and the prestigious Berlin Prize for Music Composition and has premiered numerous works in Europe, Asia and the U.S.  The composer says he is thrilled to be back in San Francisco working with Melody of China again.  The Sunday afternoon program will also include the traditional Chinese ensemble repertoire as well as several Chinese “jazz fusion” selections featuring Melody of China’s own guzheng artist/vocalist Gangqin Zhao. 
 
The afternoon performance will feature Melody of China's line-up of world-renown artists: Yangqin Zhao (yangqin), Gangqin Zhao (guzheng), Wanpeng Guo (sheng) and Xian Lu (dizi).  They will be joined by high-profile guests Gene Coleman (composer and bass clarinetist), Erik Ulman (violin), Jessie Marino (cello), Adam Vidiksis (conductor) and  Shenshen Zhang (pipa).
 
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), Wanpeng Guo on sheng (mouth organ), Xian Lu on dizi (bamboo flutes) and Li Bo on matouqin (horse-head fiddle). 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 and Gene Coleman" is presented as part of Melody of China’s 2016 home season.  The concert takes place Sunday, June 5th, 4 P.M. at the Center for New Music, 55 Taylor Street in San Francisco.  Tickets are $15 General Admission. Tickets may be purchased online at: BrownPaperTickets.com (keyword search: “Melody of China and Gene Coleman”) or
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2544423.  For more information about Melody of China, visit WWW.ELODYOFCHINA.ORG.
 
*Watch Melody of China performance video:
https://youtu.be/8hzBLwQV_bY

 

Web: www.melodyofchina.org 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Media Contact: Eric Myers

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Melody Of China

2720 41st Avenue, San Francisco, California, 94116

Web: www.melodyofchina.org

 

 Calendar Listing

 

 

CALENDAR LISTING:

Event Name: Melody of China and Gene Coleman

Event Date: June 5, 2016

Event Time: 4pm

Event Location: Center For New Music, 55 Taylor Street, San Francisco, Ca

Admission: $15 General, Children 13 And Under Free

Web: www.melodyofchina.org

Contact: Eric Myers, ericmyers0917@yahoo.com, (510) 846-5888

Description: Melody of China will be expanding its boundaries and horizons in June.  The world premiere of "Horizon" for mixed ensemble, video and pre-recorded sound will be featured on June 5th at the Center for New Music.  "Horizon" is a fascinating new multi-media work by composer Gene Coleman that explores the architectural wonders and landscapes of Hong Kong via a captivating journey through video, sound and live performance.  "Horizon" will enjoy its first performance by Melody of China and several guest artists including the composer himself on Sunday, June 5 at 4 P.M.