Lights and Shade

—— Concert of Modern Music for Guqin




At 19:30 on May 22, 2017/ Monday

CCOM Recital Hall

Art Director: Zhao Jiazhen

1. Wang Jianmin                 Traditional Dance for quqin and piano

2. Wang Hefei                     Dan Qing/ Ancient Chinese Painting for guqinand electronic music

3. Yang Qing                       Hong Men, the Malicious Banquet, duet for guqin

4. Song Jialin                      A Long Dream solo for guqin

5. Li Yuejin                          Chen Lian for guqin and piano

6. Paul Dice                         Back to the Bass Licks for guqin and bass

7. Bai Haoyu                        Knights and Swords: Lights and Shade for guqin and Piano

8. Zhao Shijun                     Ode to Qin and Xiao for guqin and clarinet



Music Director

Zhao Jiazhen


Gu qin artist and professor Zhao Jiazhen is the heir to the National Intangible Heritage (gu qin), deputy chairman of the China Kungqu Opera and Gu qin Association, as well as the Association of China Traditional String Instrument. Zhao first learnt to play gu qin under the instruction of Gong Yi, furthered his studies with the guidance of Mr. Wu Jinglue, gu qin master and one of the most distinguished nobles with the Wu School of gu qin. Both Zhang Ziqian, master of Guang Ling school and Wu Wenguang, heir to the Wu School had offered generous and long-time instructions to Zhao in his pursuits.


Till now, Professor Zhao has released five gu qin solo albums, namely, Qin & Zhao Jiazhen, Qin& Chan (Zen), Qin & Meditation, Qin & Grace, Qin & Thoughts, among which Qin & Zhao Jiazhen  won the title of World Music Best Album at the 10th Annual Inpendant Music Awards in 2011.Zhao has also worked as gu qin director for a dozen of blockbuster movies, such as Empresses in the Palace (Story of Zhenhuan), Orphan of the Zhaos’, Legend of Chu and Han, Red Cliff (Chi Bi) and other big productions.



Composers  According to the repertoire order


Wang Jianmin


Professor Wang Jianmin is the vice president of Shanghai Conservatory of Music, member of Chinese Musician Association, and Honorary Professor of Nanjing University. Wang excels at music creation for traditional music instruments, and established his reputation through the publication of No.1 Rhapsody for Erhu, No.2 Rhapsody for Erhu, Grandeurs of Tianshan Mountain, and Episodes of Four Seasons, Fantasy.




Wang Hefei


Wang Hefei is now a PHD student at Central Conservatory of Music under the supervision of professor Zhang Xiaofu. Wang’s works have been performed at the annual summit of International Computer Music Association (ICMC), International Conference of Electronic Music, BMMF. Wang is also a popular prize-winner of Beijing International Competition of Electronic Music.



Yang Qing


Yang Qing is now a postgraduate student at Central Conservatory of Music under the instruction of composer, professor Tang Jianping. Yang’s repertoire covers a wide range of genres, from chamber music, traditional music to symphonies and have been performed at NCPA, Zhongshan Concert Hall, Peking University Hall in collaboration with China Youth Symphony Orchestra, China Film Music Ensemble.



Song Jialin


Song Jialin, composer and member of China Electronic Music Studies Association, now teaches at Hunan First Normal School. Song’s work Life in America for Pipa, Zhongruan, Bamboo Flute and Jazz rhythm premiered in May 2014 at the Jazz Music Festival of Central Conservatory of Music, while his latest piece A Long Dream for Gu zheng won a title at Dun Huang Showcase of Gu qin. Song has been commissioned to write pieces for Jazz music concerts and Beijing International Film Music Festival.



Li Yuejin


Li Yuejin is dedicated to the promotion and creation of various music forms. Li’s violin duet Echoes was awarded the second prize at the 10th Yan Huang Composition Competition, percussion quintet Drums and Lotus won the first prize from the CCOM Second Traditional Music Competition. Li’s 2014 work Tian Que (Divine Mountains) was performed at the opening ceremony of the second Beijing Youth Arts Festival, while the latest work Mei Shan Shou Jue was highly hailed at the Hunan Traditional Music Concert.


Paul Dice


Paul Dice first attended the Boston Music School under the instruction of John Adams, and then learnt composition from Lou Harrison, famous American composer. He has been commissioned to write pieces for the American Musician Association, Jerome Foundation, Listen Ensemble and the Fedogan & Bremer Publishing House.


Mr. Dice is now the founder and chairman of the US International Friendship Association, offering patronage and support for international musicians.



Bai Haoyu


The composition works of Bai Haoyu, composer with China Broadcasting Arts Group, celebrate diversity in terms of genre and subjects. His repertoire includes trio for traditional music instruments Flavor of Beijing, suite for string instruments Affection for Strings, Break Dawn for female chorus and traditional music orchestra, Dawn in Spring for erhu and traditional music orchestra, duet Random Rumination for ban hu and cello, gu qin concerto Knights and Swords: Lights and Shade.



Zhao Shijun


Zhao Shijun is now the music director at China Oriental Sing-Dance Group, deputy director of the creation team. Zhao is ranked as one of the most active composer in China and has participated in the music creation for some of the country’s most important occasions and galas, including the Handover Ceremonies of Hong Kong and Macau, the Kun Ming World Fair in 1999, the 50th anniversary of the foundation of PRC, the 2011 APAC summit in Shanghai, and so on. He is also a commissioned director for CCTV Spring Festival Gala, CCTV Opera Gala, and etc.



Program Notes


1. Traditional Dance for qu qin and piano

Composer: Wang Jianmin   Guqin: Zhang Xinyuan   Piano: Wang Yu

This duet, released in September, 2011 is a commission piece from the Silk and Bamboo Project for Chinese traditional music instruments. Inspired by the magnificent Yungang Grottoes, the piece underlines the grandness and splendor of the ancient court dance by breaking away from the stereotyped composing pattern of recent years and adopting a structurally novel rhythm that is usually employed in the dance music. New techniques of gu qin performance decorates the harmony part, while the tonality is characterized with delicacy, together with an elegant blending of piano and gu qin, making the piece melodious, as well as enchanting.


2. Dan Qing/ Ancient Chinese Painting for guqin and electronic music

Composer: Wang Hefei    Guqin: Mao Yue

Ancient Chinese painting is also known as dan qing in Chinese as it celebrates the color of black (dan), while red and dark blue (qing) play complimentary roles in the overall coloring effect. The composer intends to construct a poetic imagery and present the perfect unity of qin and dan qing through a combination of electronic music and the three tones of gu qin, a unique co-work between the ancient and modern sound. As the melody proceeds, it reveals before the eyes of audiences a painting of tranquility and peace.


3. Hong Men, the Malicious Banquet, duet for gu qin

Composer: Yang Qing  Guqin: Shen Yingjun  Zhang Weilin

The composer is inspired by the story of the Hong Men Banquet when the rivaling lords Liu Bang and Xiang Mu met and competed for the throne of ancient China. The two’s behaviors at the banquet revealed their distinct personalities as well as different fates on the grueling battleground. The composer adopted two sets of gu qin to depict the contrasting mindsets of the two lords whereas the piece develops along the theme line to attract the audience.


4. A Long Dream, solo for guqin

Composer: Song Jialin   Guqin: Xiao Xiao

This piece, composed on the basis of the traditional playing techniques and tone of gu qin, derives from the composer’s thinking on the four layers of men’s dreams. The five movements represent the introduction as well as the four stages of a dream, with distinctive music forms and tonalities to showcase the ever-changing images.


5. Chen Lian for guqin and piano

Composer: Li Yuejin  Guqin: Ai Pengfei  Piano: Li Yuejin


The piece is composed under a commission and finished miraculously within seven days. The introduction of piano into the sounding of gu qin creates a picturesque scene in which the aesthetic connotation of gu qin is brought into a full display. The piece in the meantime requires quick right-hand movements, thus poses a challenge to the commonly-seen techniques used in gu qin playing.


6. Back to the Bass Licks for guqin and bass

Composer: Paul Dice   Guqin: Sun Ying  Bass: Zeng Ziheng

In his teens and early twenties, composer Paul Dice was a bass player with a rock-jazz band in US. He grew a natural passion for gu qin in the 1980s for its expressive power and vivid depiction of the nature. After some studies on the scores of ancient gu qin pieces, he started to employ gu qin as the major instrument in his music creation. This piece combines his favorite rhythm and tempo from his previous performances while his most favorite instruments—bass and gu qin echo to each other in the development of the melody.

7. Knights and Swords: Lights and Shade for guqin and Piano

Composer: Bai Haou   Guqin: Li Lingchen   Piano: Yuan Ding

The piece intends to display the composer’s admiration and aspiration for the chivalry and Buddhist spirit celebrated in the traditional Chinese literature. Through gu qin, carrier of the essence of traditional Chinese culture, the pieces also delivers the composer’s meditation, joy, detachment from the mundane world.


8. Ode to Qin and Xiao for guqin and clarinet

Composer: Zhao Shijun   Guqin: Zhao Jiazhen  Clarinet: Li Lingchen

The piece was a gift from professor Zhao Shijun to Zhao Jiajun, then a student working on his graduation concert. The new adaption with the introduction of clarinet yields a unique flavor for the piece.



Performers  According to the repertoire order


Zhang Xinyuan


Zhang is a sophomore student at Central Conservatory of Music. He started to play piano in 2006 under the instruction of Professor Zhao Jiazhen. He won the Teenage Lotus Award of Chinese Traditional Music and the third prize at the National Gu qin Competition in 2009. The year 2015 saw him won the first prize at the Competition of Asian Traditional Music Instruments held in South Korea as well as the top title at the International Competition of Chinese Traditional Music Instruments in Beijing.



Wang Jue


Wang displayed her talents in piano playing at a young age. She worked with China National Symphony Orchestra at the age of ten and performed Mozart’s Piano Concerto in A Major at Beijing Concert Hall. Wang recently played the piano accompany for the album dedicated to composer Chen Tianhe.



Mao Yue


Mao is now a post-graduate student at Central Conservatory of Music under the instruction of Professor Zhao Jiazhen. Mao won the second prize at the Forth National Competition of Gu qin and has held two successful gu qin concerts since 2014. She played gu qin for the world premium of Dan Qing/ Ancient Chinese Painting.



Shen Yingjun


Shen is an undergraduate student at Central Conservatory of Music and plays gu qin as well as the unique one-string instrument of Jing ethnic group. She recently play the gu qin solo Lullaby for the TV series Hua Xu Yin: City of Desperate Love.



Zhang Weilin


One of the most outstanding gu qin player of the younger generation, Zhang Weilin is a frequent award winner—second prize at the Korea Traditional Music Competition in 2015, second prize at the Dun Huang Gu qin Competitio in 2016, and second prize at the Hummingbird International Music Festival in 2017 in US.



Xiao Xiao


Lecturer at the Department of Arts of the East China Jiaotong University, Xiao has won the third International Competition of Chinese Traditional Music Instrument in 2015, second prize at the Traditional Music Instrument Competition in South Korea that same year, and the Award for Outstanding Performance at the Dunhuang Gu qin Competition in 2016.




Ai Pengfei


Ai is an undergraduate student at Central Conservatory of Music. He first played gu zheng before changing his major into gu qin with the help of professor Zhao Jiazhen. He held his first solo concert at Nankai University and received wide acclaim from the audience. Good at both gu zheng and gu qin, he is quite active in promoting the glamor of the China traditional music instrument, and has held showcases at China University of Pertroleum-Beijing, Beijing Sport University, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Tianjin Chengjian University.



Sun Ying


Sun started to play gu qin in 2001 and since then has displayed great passion for this traditional form of art. He is the winner of the top prize de facto at the first National Gu qin Competition, the first prize of String Instrument Playing at the first CCTV Traditional Music Instrument Competition in 2007, and the gold medal of the second CCTV Traditional Music Instrument Competition in 2012. He was invited to play gu qin in the operas of Confucius in Kingdom Wei, A Dream in the Red Chamber, Cai Wenji.


Zeng Ziheng


Zeng has some remarkable cooperation with the Symphony Orchestra of China National Opera-Dance Drama Theatre, China Film Symphony Orchestra, and China Philharmonic Orchestra. A popular guest of the TV stations, he performed at the last round of competition for the CCTV reality show Xing Guang Da Dao and the reality show Duets of Beijing TV Station.



Li Lingchen


Li grew his interest in music ever since being a young kid. He learned to play piano at the age of 5 and won the silver prize at the National Piano Competition when he was 7. At the age of 10, he started to play clarinet and chose it as his major. He was admitted by the well-known Interlochen Arts Academy with a full scholarship at the age 15 and returned to China at 18. He is now a postgraduate student at Central Conservatory of Music majoring in gu qin.



Yuan Ding


Pianist Yuan Ding is an associate professor at Central Conservatory of Music. When she was still a kid, Yuan has amazed her peers by winning serval national competition, namely the second prize at Xing Hai Piano Competition, the first prize at Song Qingling Piano Competition and so on. She was admitted by CCOM in 1996 under the instruction of pianist Yang Jun and graduated in 2000 with the best grades. Since 2000, she works at CCOM as a piano teacher and has been doing studies on chamber music.