CURRENTS: Enter the Pipa
Pipa Virtuoso Shenshen Zhang appears on the first episode of San Francisco Symphony’s new video and podcast series CURRENTS hosted by conductor Michael Morgan. In this episode, Shenshen shares her musical journey and upbringing in addition to collaborating with San Francisco Symphony musicians on an exciting piece by Bright Sheng.
Melody of China will perform with Vancouver-based Sound of Dragon in a special concert at the 2019 San Francisco International Arts Festival at Fort Mason Center. The program will feature performances by Melody of China artists: Yangqin Zhao on yangqin (hammered dulcimer); Gangqin Zhao on guzheng (zither); Wanpeng Guo on sheng (mouth organ); Shenshen Zhang on pipa (lute); Gary Schwantes on dizi (bamboo flute)/saxophone. They will be joined by guest artists Lan Tung on erhu (2-string bowed fiddle) and members of Sound of Dragon Ensemble featuring Chinese instruments with flute, guitar, cello and percussion. The concert program will feature new arrangements of traditional repertoire as well as several world premieres by composers from the U.S. and Canada.
Melody of China will premiere Yuanlin Chen’s latest work Coexistent Beauty for yangqin, guzheng, pipa, sheng, dizi, bass clarinet, violin, cello, keyboard and electronics at Old First Church in San Francisco on Friday, November 7th. Follow-up performances will take place at Yoshi’s Oakland on November 11th and the Community School for Music and Arts in Mountain View on November 9th. The concert at Yoshi’s will include Chen’s piece as well as a new work for Chinese/jazz quartet(s) and a vocal performance by MoC’s own Gangqin Zhao.
Melody of China will be resident artists with the San Francisco Symphony’s Adventures in Music (AIM) , an interdisciplinary program integrating live music performances and related music education experience with everyday classroom lessons in language arts, social studies and other subjects. Melody of China artists will participate in performance and educational workshops in San Francisco public schools from January 13 thru May 23, 2014.
Melody of China has begun their after school class at Sunset Elementary School . The free class offers students a chance to learn a traditional Chinese instrument. Instruments include: erhu (2-string fiddle), yangqin (hammered dulcimer), gushing (zither), pipa (lute), ruan (moon guitar) and paigu (Chinese percussion). The class is funded by the California Arts Council’s Artists in Schools program.