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Sound of Dragon Ensemble 龍吟滄海樂團

“a unified yet exotic sound” – Georgia Straight, 2017

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, Italian, and UK composers. 

In a recent international call-for-scores, Sound of Dragon received 33 works from composers in 13 countries. 10 works, including a number of world premieres, were programmed at the 2nd Sound of Dragon Music Festival on April 24, 2016. In spring 2017, the ensemble collaborated with dancer Dong Mei and gave a sold out concert at the Annex Theatre in Vancouver.In April 2018, the ensemble performed to a full house audience with the Toronto Chinese Orchestra Chamber Players at the 3rd Sound of Dragon Music Festival. In a very short time, the ensemble has grown to be a strong voice of contemporary cross-cultural music with enthusiastic support from the music community and the audiences. In addition to concerts, the ensemble gives educational workshops to composers interested in writing for their instruments and holds regular reading sessions.

The core members of the Sound of Dragon Ensemble are
Nicole Ge Li – gaohu, erhu, zhonghu
Lan Tung – erhu & vocal
Mark McGregor – flutes
Charlie Lui – dizi/Chinese flutes, xiao
Marina Hasselberg – cello
Itamar Erez – classical guitar
Zhimin Yu – zhongruan & daruan
Jonathan Bernard – percussion


Mark McGregor - 長笛
Marina Hasselberg - 大提琴
Itmar Erez- 古典吉他
Jonathan Bernard- 打擊樂

“A showcase for the exciting, diverse directions being taken by both local and global composers and players working in the Chinese and western musical traditions” – Vancouver Sun

Repertoire & Composers

If you are interested in composing music for the Sound of Dragon Ensemble, please contact us.