Zhongxi Wu – suona
Zhongxi Wu was born in Heilongjiang Province in northeastern China, and is from a family of traditional musicians. His father began teaching him reed instruments when he was eight years old. Zhongxi later graduated from the Heilongjiang College of Performing Arts, and has performed as a soloist in Japan, Hong Kong, and the many cities in the U.S.A. including New York, Washington D.C. He was a guest artist on the sheng at the Carrefour mondial de l’accordeon in Quebec in 2008. In 2012, he was appointed as a member of the China Nationalities Orchestra Society. As a resident of Vancouver, B.C., he has taught sheng, guanzi and suona, performed many solos and ensemble pieces, traditional and new music works, recorded CD’s with BCCMA and other groups, and performed at the Vancouver Jazz Festival. He has also learned to play the Scottish Highland Bagpipes and plays regularly with the Delta Police Pipe Band, with whom he has toured to England to perform for the Queen and tour to Holland in 2015. He is a pioneer in the collaboration between suona and bagpipes. In 2014, he performed with the Seattle Symphony and the China Shenzhen Symphony at the Benaroya Concert Hall in Seattle. In 2015, he performed the suona concerto “Lady Hua Mulan” with the B.C. Chinese Orchestra for their 20th anniversary
tour at Vancouver’s Chan Centre, Calgary’s Jack Singer Concert Hall, and Edmonton’s Winspear Centre. This year, he has been invited to teach suona at the VSO Music School in Vancouver, as part of their new and unique Chinese Music Program. Zhongxi contributed for the sections on sheng and suona in the book “Yueqi: Chinese Musical Instruments in Performance”, written by Alan R. Thrasher and Gloria N. Wong.
Alan Walters – bagpipe
Alan Walters is a professional bagpiper, teacher, composer, adjudicator and multiple award winner. Playing for over 50 years, Mr. Walters is much sought after for workshops and performances. His presentations often leave listeners young and old very much mesmerized.
吳忠喜與 Alan Walters 的重奏表演，首創以中國嗩吶及蘇格蘭風笛結合的特殊音響，演奏蘇格蘭及中國的傳統樂曲。