Melody of China with Swapam Chaudhuri and the Ali Akbar College of Music
Date and Time: Sunday June 4, 7:00 PM
Duration: 75 mins, without intermission
Location: Gallery 308
General Admission: $20
Reserved Table Seating: $25-$30
If you miss our early bird offerings, take advantage of our Festival Pass and see five shows for $70.00
Yangqin Zhao (dulcimer)
Swapan Chaudhuri (tabla)
Gangqin Zhao (guzheng, percussion and vocal)
Shenshen Zhang (pipa)
Wanpeng Guo (sheng)
Xian Lu (dizi)
Kevin Yu (cello)
Melody of China will collaborate with Indian tabla master Swapan Chaudhuri and his Ali Akbar College of Music. The program will include mixed ensemble improvisation, a new work by Mr. Chaudhuri as well as Chinese and Indian traditional repertoire. The concert will also feature the world premiere of a new piece in the style of Beijing Opera by Gang Situ with Melody of China and a guest vocalist.
ARTIST BIOSMelody of China, a nonprofit ensemble based in San Francisco, is the premiere Chinese music ensemble in the United States. The organization was formed in 1993 by a group of enthusiastic professional musicians from some of the most prestigious music conservatories in China. The ensemble has a two-fold mission: to promote Chinese classical, folk and contemporary music, and to provide quality entertainment through the synergy between an ancient cultural tradition and youthful, multi-colored American culture.
Serving an annual audience of more than 7,000, Melody of China performances have broken barriers in combining traditional Chinese music with contemporary works by influential composers such as Kui Dong, Gang Situ and Yuanlin Chen. Over the years, MoC has commissioned over 40 new works by 20 contemporary composers and has performed at numerous Bay Area public schools. MoC has never shied away from taking on new and exciting projects, such as the concerts featuring Songs from Mongolia or the innovative Young Composers series, where young Bay Area composers are asked to compose music for Chinese instruments. MoC has been guest artists with the Berlin Philharmonic and the San Francisco Symphony. MoC has also performed at New York’s Lincoln Center.
Swapan Chaudhuri is a phenomenon in the arena of Indian Classical Music. Musicians honor him as one of the most highly respected Tabla players, worthy of highest regard all over the world. He is a recipient of the prestigious Sangeet Natak Academy Award from the Government of India, and the American Academy of Artists Award, both of which are reserved only for those artists who have attained the highest level of artistry. He has received the Excellence in Performing Arts Award from the Global Indian Congress in San Francisco, and has been nominated to the esteemed International Percussive Arts Society's Hall of Fame. It was Swapan’s beloved parents, through their own passion for music, who initiated his formal musical training and inspired him in the field of Tabla, paving the path that would eventually lead him to virtuosity.