“Mountain High River Flow” – Chinese landscape painting & music workshop
April 3, 2018 – 6:30-8:30pm
HC 2270 Sauder Industries Policy Room, SFU
co-presented by Sound of Dragon Society & SFU David Lam Centre
FREE Event, registration info TBA
Chinese classical music is often thematic, and the natural scenery is a major source of inspiration. Mountains, waterfalls, rivers, rains and even heavy storms can all be expressed with musical gestures. The natural scenery is the most important subject in Chinese classical brush painting. There are specific techniques used to paint the mountains, tress, flowers, and rivers with ink and rice paper. The commonality between Chinese painting and music is the use of space, the sense of breath. Also, both art forms are based on a linear approach: traditionally, Chinese music is developed melodically/horizontally, rather than western music’s chordal/vertical approach. Chinese classical painting takes the viewers to travel across the scroll, where various elements reveal one after another.
This workshop will provide hands-on opportunity for the participants to explore the inspiration from the natural world, both musically and visually. The artist will bring one zheng for everyone to take turns to play. You are welcome to bring other musical instruments to play. Painting materials will be provided for every registered participant.
Demonstration of Chinese classical repertoire on the zheng/Chinese zither
Demonstration zheng techniques
Examples of Chinese landscape painting
Demonstration of Chinese brush painting techniques
Participants will take turns to improvise on the zheng (instrument provided by the Sound of Dragon Society), using the techniques learned in the workshop.
The rest of the group will paint, while listening to the music
Li Tung (Taiwan) – painting
Born in 1971 in Taipei, Li graduated from the School of Visual Arts at the National Taiwan University of Arts. An artist crossing many genres, he is a painter, writer, performing artist, installation artist, and designer. Since 2010, Li started to perform live painting with improvising musicians and dancers. He joined the acclaimed MAFIA Ensemble, the leading force in Taiwan’s experimental and improvisational arts scene, with a particular focus on interdisciplinary practices. Li has collaborate with numerous Taiwanese and Japanese artists at “Create Music” festival. In the past 20 years, his artworks has been exhibited at various galleries in Taiwan, including the Taipei Arts Gallery. He is a member of “May Artists Collective”, Taiwan’s most influential and longstanding artists collection. Li’s novels and short stories have won numerous awards. He has been published in Taiwan and China. He also directed a theatre production in 2013.
Hsin-Fang Hsu – zheng
Hsin-Fang graduated from Tainan National University of the Arts in 2012 and received the Masters Degree in zheng performance from the Taiwan National University of the Arts in 2016. She has won numerous awards, including the first place of the Plucked Instruments Competition of the Chinese Music Association of the Republic of China, the Rising Star of the National Concert Hall of Taiwan, the Gold Medal of the Beijing International Arts Festival (in the Overseas Professional Artists category), the Gold Medal of the Taiwan Zheng Competition, and the second place of the Instrumental Competition organized by the Taiwan Chinese Orchestra. She has performed throughout Taiwan and internationally in China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Canada, and the US. She was a soloist performing major zheng concerti with Taiwan’s Little Giant Chinese Chamber Orchestra and Taiwan Chinese Orchestra. In chamber music, she has premiered numerous works, working closely with composers to explore new sounds on the zheng.