The focus of this trip was the visit to Guizhou University, in Guiyang. Guiyang, located in the far southern mountains of China, sits at 3000 ft above sea level and enjoys cool breezes and very clean air year round. The university is in a sylvan and mountainous setting. Professor Jian Feng Wang, Dean of the School of Fine Arts, was my host. My assistant and companion for the time at the school was the linguistics grad student, Xu Tao. Xu Tao was a marvelous guide, and a great conversationalist on all subjects from culture, language, international affairs, and human nature. Aside from getting me from one place to the next, he took me on a guided tour of the nearby medieval village of Qinq Yan in the nearby mountains.
The final concert included a marvelous performance of Chick Corea’s Spain featuring the wonderful erhu soloist Ren Jie. She understand this piece beautifully and we put it together in a single rehearsal.
Spain Ren Jie, erhu; Burnett Thompson, piano
photo: Guida Professor, Xu Tao, Liu Xuan, Professor Wang Jian Feng, B.T., Ren Jie