Confucius Institute at Victoria University of Wellington provides platform for the extraordinary splendour Chinese folk music

[Source]    Confucius Institute at Victoria University of Wellington [Time]    2017-08-18 14:13:01 

On the evening of 31 July, a spectacular traditional Chinese concert for bamboo flute, xiao, and guzheng was held in the Adam Concert Room of Victoria University of Wellington. This concert was supported by the Confucius Institute, Victoria University of Wellington and the New Zealand School of Music. It has not only provided New Zealand music fans with the opportunity to learn traditional Chinese musical instruments and folk music, but also build a teaching and exchange platform for the traditional Chinese music between Zhejiang Conservatory of Music and New Zealand School of Music, promoting New Zealanders’ understanding of traditional Chinese music culture and deepening the friendship between the two peoples.

Opening address by Prof.Sally Jane Norman, Director of New Zealand School of Music

Opening remark given by Prof. John Psathas of New Zealand School of Music

At the beginning of the concert, Mr. Liu Le, the young guzheng performer and the professional teacher in the traditional Chinese music department, Zhejiang Conservatory of Music, performed two difficult classical compositions: A Vulture Hunting the Swan and Lady Liuqing with his skillful skills. And then Professor Du Rusong, the artist from the traditional Chinese music department, Zhejiang Conservatory of Music and the vice president of the Chinese Musicians Association, performed the traditional Chinese music Flying Partridge, Three Variations of Plum Blossoms and self-created composition Incense from Lotus Tower for the audience. The freehand classical Chinese painting background and the image of incense, which was burning on the lotus stand enhanced the experience. Subsequently, the two experts performed their own compositions: The Moment and The Goose Flight to the South respectively. After that, the two artists also performed another composition with Chinese musical instruments, which is specially composed by the students of Composition Department of the New Zealand School of Music. Finally, the Guzheng performer Liu Le played Meng Yuan together with the New Zealand School of Music pianist, violinist and cellist on the same stage, which is composed by Shen Nalin, the New Zealand composer, embodies the unique charm of Eastern and Western music fusion.

Liu Le, a renowed Chinese Musician playing Guzheng

Frof. Du Rusong from National Music Department of Zhejiang Conservatory is playing Xiao

Musicians from both countries playing together at the concert

There was long applause from the audience at the end of the concert. Many New Zealanders tasted the profoundness of traditional Chinese music, and they were so touching that they were reluctant to leave. They communicated with the experts and tried to learn more about Chinese traditional music.

The two experts of the Zhejiang Conservatory of Music conducted a one-week resident exchange at the New Zealand School of Music. They demonstrated traditional Chinese musical instruments such as flute, Xiao, Chiba, Yan Feichi and Guzheng for the teachers and students of the Music Department of Victoria University at Wellington. They showed them the function, playing method and the special methods for notation, etc. They also showed the vocalism principles, special effect and unique charm of these musical instruments by playing traditional tracks and modern works.

by Yezhu Zhao