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Music From China & Talujon

Date, location, and tickets

Wednesday, October 26, 2016
at 8:00 PM

Chapin Hall
62 Chapin Hall Drive
Williamstown, MA 01267

Free Event

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Event Information

Music From China and Talujon collaborate in a rare concert of contemporary music for Chinese ensemble and percussion quartet.


ZHOU LONG: Tales from the Cave

HAROLD MELTZER: Guangzhou Circle (commissioned, world premiere)

XIE PENG: Ling Long


WANG GUOWEI: Drinking Alone with the Moon

Harold Meltzer’s Guangzhou Circle, commissioned for the collaboration and

given its world premiere, represents the composer’s intimate response to a work

of architecture, a circular skyscraper in Guangzhou, China of the same name. The

building design is inspired by the ancient and iconic Chinese image of double

jade discs (symbols for infinity) where the disc-shaped building is “doubled” by

its reflection in the Pearl River. Zhou Long’s Tales from the Cave, written for

Wang Guowei performing different kinds of Chinese 2-string fiddles with a

percussion quartet, is inspired by the art of the Dunhuang Mogaoku grottoes and

folk music from this Silk Road region. Also following a Chinese theme, Ling Long

by composer Xie Peng is a metaphor for a state of exquisite beauty, drawing

from elements of Beijing opera.

On its own, Talujon performs Qu Xiaosong’s Lam Mot, meaning “created as

one” in the Vietnamese language. As ice is created out of water and returns to its

liquid state, sound is born of stillness and returns to stillness. Music From China

performs Wang Guowei’s Drinking Alone with the Moon for erhu, pipa, and

flute, which is inspired by Tang dynasty poet Li Bai’s charming and witty poem of

the same title.


Music From China: Wang Guowei, erhu; Sun Li, pipa; Zhou Jing, zheng; Anna

Urrey, flute

Talujon: Michael Lipsey, Matthew Ward, Matthew Gold, David Cossin

Music From China is a chamber ensemble performing eclectic programs of

traditional Chinese music and contemporary work. Established in 1984, the

group has performed at universities across the U.S. and such institutions as the

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Chautauqua

Institution, 92nd Street Y, Freer & Sackler Galleries of Art, Boston Early Music

Festival, Skaneateles Music Festival, and the Library of Congress. Commissioning

and performing over 160 new works, Music From China is recipient of a Chamber

Music America Adventurous Programming Commendation.

Talujon is committed to the expansion of the contemporary percussion

repertoire, commissioning dozens of new works for percussion over the past 20

years. The group’s performances have included collaborations with Steve Reich,

James Tenney, Chou Wen Chung, The Brooklyn Philharmonic, Meredith Monk

and Tan Dun at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Concert

Hall, Symphony Space and The Kitchen. Talujon has appeared at universities and

concert halls throughout the US, and at such festivals as Taipei’s Lantern

Festival, BAM’s Next Wave Festival, Muzik3 Festival, Chautauqua, Festival of

New American Music and a recent European tour with Steve Reich and Bang on a

Can. The group produces adventurous programs in New York City to great praise,

including a first prize Chamber Music America Award for Adventurous


This event is supported by a grant from New Music USA.

Participants: Talujon