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For Immediate Release 

 

Event Date: June 6, 2015

 

Melody of China Welcomes Pianist Shih-Yang Lee at the Fort Mason Center in San Francisco

 

The concert will include several of Lee's latest compositions for piano and Chinese instruments.  Lee is founder and co-leader of the jazz improv group Ka Dao Yin, and has toured around the world with dance companies such as “HORSE” and “T.T.C. Dance.”

 

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Joining the group will be the dynamic pianist from Taiwan, Shih-Yang Lee, on Saturday, June 6th at 5 P.M. for a special performance.

San Francisco, California, May 7, 2015 - Artists from across the Pacific and around the World will meet in San Francisco for the annual San Francisco International Arts Festival, May 21st thru June 7th.  Among the many attractions featured will be the dazzling Melody of China, San Francisco's premiere Chinese chamber ensemble.  Joining the group will be the dynamic pianist from Taiwan, Shih-Yang Lee, on Saturday, June 6th at 5 P.M. for a special performance. The concert, taking place at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco, will include several of Lee's latest compositions for piano and Chinese instruments.  Lee is founder and co-leader of the jazz improv group Ka Dao Yin, and has toured around the world with dance companies such as “HORSE” and “T.T.C. Dance.”  On June 6th, the pianist/composer will present his unique music blending bold improvisation with classical Chinese style. The concert program will also feature the world premiere of a beautiful new work for yangqin, sheng and cello by veteran Bay Area composer Gang Situ.
 
The afternoon performance will include 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 Shih-Yang Lee (piano), Masaru Koga (saxophone), Gang Situ (composer) and rising talents Shenshen Zhang (pipa) and Kevin Yu (cello).
 
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 performing arts organizations including Oakland Ballet, San Francisco Symphony, Lines Ballet, Earplay and Anthony Brown’s Asian-American Jazz Orchestra.
 
"Melody of China and Shih-Yang Lee" is presented as part of the 2015 San Francisco International Arts Festival and the United States of Asian America Festival.  The concert takes place Saturday, June 6th at 5 P.M. at Festival Central, Building A, Fort Mason Center in San Francisco. 

 

Tickets: General $15 advanced, $20 door; Student/Senior $13 advance, $18 door; Reserved (Cabaret-style seating) $25 advance, $30 door; Reserved Student/Senior $23 advance, $28 door.  Tickets may be purchased online at: www.sfiaf.org

 

For more information about Melody of China, www.melodyofchina.org/melody-of-china-welcomes-shih-yang-lee.
 
*Watch Melody of China performance video:
http://vimeo.com/107505628

 

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Gang Situ (composer)

 

 

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California, San Francisco, Event Date: June 6, 2015

Artists from across the Pacific and around the World will meet in San Francisco for the annual San Francisco International Arts Festival, May 21st thru June 7th.  Among the many attractions featured will be the dazzling Melody of China, San Francisco's premiere Chinese chamber ensemble.  Joining the group will be the dynamic pianist from Taiwan, Shih-Yang Lee, on Saturday, June 6th at 5 P.M. for a special performance. The concert, taking place at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco, will include several of Lee's latest compositions for piano and Chinese instruments.  Lee is founder and co-leader of the jazz improv group Ka Dao Yin, and has toured around the world with dance companies such as “HORSE” and “T.T.C. Dance.”  On June 6th, the pianist/composer will present his unique music blending bold improvisation with classical Chinese style. The concert program will also feature the world premiere of a beautiful new work for yangqin, sheng and cello by veteran Bay Area composer Gang Situ. Tickets: General $15 advanced, $20 door; Student/Senior $13 advance, $18 door; Reserved (Cabaret-style seating) $25 advance, $30 door; Reserved Student/Senior $23 advance, $28 door. Tickets may be purchased online at: www.sfiaf.org. For more information about Melody of China, www.melodyofchina.org/melody-of-china-welcomes-shih-yang-lee. Watch Melody of China performance video: http://vimeo.com/107505628

Event Name: Melody of China and Shih-Yang Lee

Event Date: June 6, 2015

Event Location: Festival Central, Building A, Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA

Admission: $15 - $30

Web: www.melodyofchina.org 

 


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