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. In April 2018, the ensemble is collaborating with Toronto Chinese Orchestra Chamber Players at the 3rd Sound of Dragon Music Festival. Please check our website for the ensemble’s next call-for-scores in 2018.
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