Go out and listen to something…

April 27, 2013

Guizhou University

Filed under: music, music education, travel, China Tour 12 — burnett @ 3:33 pm

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

April 25, 2013

“Suite Shanghai Nights” at JZ Club

Filed under: music, travel, China Tour 12 — burnett @ 7:05 am

My visits to Shanghai inevitably focus on my latest compositions, in this case the “Suite Shanghai Nights”  collection.  I wrote this specifically with saxophonist Wilson Chen in mind.  His superb work on the Shakespeare Sonnet Song Cycle is still ringing in my ears, and I wanted to take things a step further.  Here are the videos, recorded from the April 4 performance.  Wang Bai Ling, soprano; Wilson Chen, sax; EJ Parker, bass; Chris Trczinski, drums, Burnett Thompson, composer & pianist.

Awakening
Suite Shanghai Nights Part II
In a Far Away Land 在那遥远的地方:
Suite Shanghai Nights  XXX
Constellation
Suite Shanghai Nights Part IV

Guizhou Ethnic University

Filed under: music, music education, travel, China Tour 12 — burnett @ 6:38 am

Many thanks to Professor Jian Feng Wang for arranging a visit to Guizhou Ethnic University in Guiyang on April 7 and 8, 2013.  The encounter included an impromptu singing and performance session with a crowd of students, and then an official concert.  Certainly the highlight of the concert was an interlude presentation by the students of a folk song in full regalia.  The university is in a beautiful setting in the wetlands bordered by sharply rising mountains on all sides.   Erhu faculty member Chen Jia and I collaborated on  良宵 by Liu Tian Hua刘天华。It is hard to explain the warm welcome I received from both students and faculty and I hope I can spend more time with them in the future.

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