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April 10, 2010

Wuhan Day 4, part III

Filed under: music, travel, China Tour 6, China — burnett @ 10:01 pm

The final performance in Wuhan was on the outdoor stage at Wuhan Tian Di, a beautifully restored commercial and arts area in the center city.  There are many people to thank for making this happen, including Marina Chen of Wuhan Tian Di and Diane Sovereign, U.S. Consul General of Wuhan.  We were blessed with clear skies and 20C  air temperature for a memorable evening.  I was joined on stage by my translator and onstage foil, Mei Mei Zhao and frequent collaborateur erhu soloist Wang Meng.  It is my opinion that much of what I say on stage is amusing, but Mei Mei disagrees and translates my words in a way that guarantees complete silence from the audience.  One of these days, I will figure out how to say something funny in Mandarin Chinese.  Wang Meng and I did a different twist on our Liu Tianhua piece, and I retrofitted the traditional arrangement with an  extemporaneous “jazz” component.  We agreed that “next time” 下次我们一起做爵士 音乐。

I am already making plans to return to Wuhan.  I made many friends, and discovered yet another world of truly dedicated and accomplished musicians, educators and administrators.

 

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