Sound of Dragon Ensemble (Vancouver) & Toronto Chinese Orchestra Chamber Players (Toronto)
龍吟滄海樂團 & 多倫多室內中樂團
Sunday April 8, 2018 – 7:30pm, Annex Theatre, Vancouver
龍吟滄海樂團集結了大溫地區一群技巧精湛的音樂家，以獨特的東、西方樂器組合，為跨文化的融合創造出不同的火花，並提供作曲家、演奏家們創意實現的平台。團員包括董籃(二胡、演唱)、李歌 (二胡)、Marina Hasselberg (大提琴)、于志敏(阮)、Itamar Erez (古典吉他)、呂畇初(笛子)、Roderick Seed (長笛)及Jonathan Bernard (打擊樂)。
Sound of Dragon Ensemble (Vancouver)
Established in 2015 and debuted at the 2016 Sound of Dragon Music Festival, the Sound of Dragon Ensemble brings together some of the most skillful Vancouver musicians from both the east and the west: Nicole Li (erhu), Lan Tung (erhu & voice), Marina Hasselberg (cell), Charlie Lui (dizi), Mark McGregor (flute), Itamar Erez (guitar), Zhimin Yu (ruan), and Jonathan Bernard (percussion). This instrumentation has been carefully selected by pairing Chinese and western instruments in the families of the winds, plucked strings and bowed strings, completed by a collection of percussion instruments from both the east and the west. Its repertoire includes works by Canadian, US, Taiwanese, Chinese, Italy, and UK composers.
The core members of the Sound of Dragon Ensemble are
Nicole Ge Li 李歌– gaohu 高胡, erhu 二胡, zhonghu 中胡
Lan Tung 董籃– erhu 二胡 & vocal
Mark McGregor – flutes 長笛
Charlie Lui 呂畇初 – dizi 笛/Chinese flutes, xiao
Marina Hasselberg – cello 大提琴
Itamar Erez – classical guitar 吉他
Zhimin Yu于志敏 – zhongruan 中阮 & daruan 大阮
Jonathan Bernard – percussion 打擊樂
guest conductor 客席指揮– Chih Sheng Chen 陳志昇 (Taiwan)
Toronto Chinese Orchestra Chamber Players (Toronto)
The Toronto Chinese Orchestra Chamber Players (TCO-CP) form the Toronto Chinese Orchestra’s (TCO) professional core. Members of the Chamber Players have extensive musical training and are established artists and teachers in the community. Their experiences as solo, ensemble, and orchestral musicians allow them to perform the most demanding repertoire at the highest level. Together, musicians of the Chamber Players perform traditional Chinese music as well as contemporary works by Canadian and international composers. They promote new music for traditional Chinese instruments through public performances, workshops, and demonstrations, both at home in Toronto and abroad. As an integral part of the Toronto Chinese Orchestra, the Chamber Players enjoy multiple national and international connections, which have led to collaborations with the BC Chinese Ensemble in Vancouver (April 2017) and the Edmonton Chinese Philharmonic (October 2016), as well as partnerships and performances in Taiwan and Hong Kong.
The Chamber Players is led by Patty Chan, who concurrently serves as concertmaster of the TCO and is active as a freelance erhu performer and teacher. An authority on the erhu, Chan published the first English-language instruction text, Bridging the Gap, in 2011, and has been on faculty at York and Carleton Universities. Chan’s passion for new Canadian works led her to form the Dim Sum Ensemble, a professional Chinese instrument ensemble dedicated to pioneering Canadian Chinese music.