Chinese guzheng player Chang Jing will collaborate with cellist Song Zhao, pianist Xiao Ying, percussionist Wu Jianan and flute player Zhang Di to present a night of traditional Chinese music in a crossover rendition.
The guzheng, also known as the Chinese zither, is a Chinese plucked string instrument with a history of more than 2,500 years. The modern guzheng usually has 21 strings.
Chang graduated from China Conservatory of Music and became a performer with the China National Song and Dance Ensemble. After listening to crossover music from around the world, Chang started to re-arrange traditional guzheng pieces. She has recorded for films such as Zhang Yimou’s “Hawthorn Tree Forever” and Wong Kar-wai’s “Ashes of Time” and composed for dance works of avant-garde choreographers such as Wang Yuanyuan and Shen Peiyi. In 2010, she founded a new ensemble that consists of both guzheng and Western instruments.
Though Chang is best known for her performance of the classic Chinese work “Spring River on a Moonlit Night” in the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008, she is more often seen playing guzheng in unconventional ways. She has collaborated with Greek musician Yanni and conductor Lorin Maazel, as well as world music artist Zhu Zheqin and French pianist Richard Clayderman. “I want to show that the guzheng can be very modern,” she says. “I’m trying to present another side of guzheng.”
Time: 8 p.m., Sept. 10
Tickets: 180-480 yuan
Venue: Shenzhen Concert Hall, intersection of Hongli Road and Yitian Road, Futian District (福田区红荔路和益田路交汇处深圳音乐厅)
Metro: Line 3 or 4, Children’s Palace Station (少年宫站), Exit D(SD News)
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