Guest Artist Feature: Du Yun and Li Liqun

Posted in Uncategorized by SYZYGYNEWMUSIC on October 1, 2011

Music From Asia| China and Hong Kong
featuring composer/performer duYun and yangqin virtuoso Li Liqun

7 October, 2011 @ Chambers Fine Art (522 W 19th St)
7PM Door/7:30PM Show
$15 Suggested Donation

Born and raised in Shanghai, China, currently based in NYC, Du Yun is an internationally-performed composer. Hailed by the New York Times as “cutting-edge… to whom the term ‘young composer’ could hardly do justice;” “heralds a significant voice” (Financial Times); “re-invents herself daily… so does her music,” (TimeOut-NYC), “…the strongest impression made yet, a political statement against oppression and violence;” (by De Rode Leeuw, Amsterdam), and “…one senses the exceptional ear, exploration and the results are impeccably powerful” (by Le Devoir, Montreal), her music exists at an artistic crossroads of orchestral, chamber music, opera, theatre, cabaret, storytelling, pop music, visual arts and noise. NPR has recently voted her as one of 100 composers under 40. Also as an avid performer, her onstage persona has been described by the New York Times as “an indie pop diva with an avant-garde edge,” and “flamboyant” by the Chicago Tribune.

Shark in You is Du Yun’s debut recording under her pop diva alter ego, duYun.  Recorded and produced in New York, Shanghai, and Montreal, Shark in You features duYun as a composer, producer, lyricist, and vocalist. The tracks are stylistically far ranging, from experimental dance music to Kurt Weill-esque neo-cabaret to jazz inflected electronica. She is joined by collaborators spanning the avant-garde global music spectrum, from fellow members of ICE (International Contemporary Ensemble), to experimental DJ Erik Spangler, and musicians in the underground Shanghai jazz scene. Click here to listen to samples and purchase the album in multiple formats.

For her performance with SYZYGY NEW MUSIC, Du Yun will be joined by Gareth Flowers (trumpet) and Phil Moffa (drum machine/electronics).

Liqun Li, a yangqin (hammered dulcimer) soloist, is a member of the National Orchestra of China. She graduated with honor from the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. Currently Ms. Li is the honored Overseas Board Member of the Chinese Professional YangQin Committee. She is a Music Lecturer at New York University, and a member of the Music Teachers National Association U.S.A. In 1995, Ms. Li won the second prize at the “International Chinese Instrument Solo Competition” in Beijing. Ms. Li has performed and given lectures in many countries throughout Europe, Asia and North America. Since Ms. Li came to the United States, she has performed at the Smithsonian Museum (Freer Gallery), Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Yale University, George Washington University, New York University, Columbia University, Harvard University and Connecticut University among others, gaining high recognition from all audiences and institutions. Ms. Li has also been invited to perform with a number of highly recognized Chinese Music groups in North America including the New York Chinese Cultural Center, Music From China, Chinese Performing Arts of North America, and Melody of Dragon, as a special guest for events and festivals in many different cities throughout the United States. In 1998, Ms. Li was invited by the New York State Governor to perform at the Asian Culture and Heritage Festival Ceremony. In addition, Ms. Li has been a guest speaker on and been interviewed by a number of TV stations and radio stations. Additionally, her performances have been broadcasted by those stations to the whole nation.

Click here to listen to samples of Li Liqun performing.

The yangqin (or Chinese hammered dulcimer) was originally from the Middle East and Persia. Its appearance in China occurred sometime during the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) where it became known as the Yangqin and quickly became absorbed into Chinese traditional music. It is appreciated for its numerous abilities including easily blending with other instruments, supporting vocalists and as a solo instrument capable of a great range of nuance and expression.


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