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Ka Dao Yin

Orchid Ensemble

Sounds Global Ensemble

Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble

PRESERVE HERITAGE, SEEK INNOVATION // 承襲傳統、追求創新

“From hidden treasures to brand-new discoveries …Sound of Dragon might be rooted in Chinese culture, but it’s also an exciting reflection of Vancouver’s diversity”. – Georgia Straight

We Don’t Hate Monsters – Oct 19, 2019

見怪 不怪 2019年10月19 – Free

下午3點開幕茶會、4點跨界表演,免費入場   

3pm LI TUNG arts exhibition opening reception, refreshment served
4pm music & dance improvisation, featuring Lan Tung (erhu & voice), Marina Hasselburg (cello), Olivia Shaffer (dance), Li Tung
Taiwanese Canadian Cultural Society
8853 Selkirk St. Vancouver, BC
co-presented by the Taiwanese Canadian Cultural Society & Sound of Dragon Society

We refer to the unusual abnormal creatures as monsters. We fear them, but at the same time, curiosity drives us toward them. The fear comes from the unknown, which makes them more interesting than the ordinary. They represent unconventional thinking, promoting a change of behaviour. They may be the keys for us to break away from our everyday life. The arts is the monster in an artist’s life. This monster has a life of its own, on canvas, in music, and in movements, leading us to the unknown. 

Taiwanese artist Li Tung’s solo exhibition “We Don’t Hate Monsters” is a collection of futuristic paintings. They depict a surreal landscape or parallel universe where human race no longer dominates. The exhibition is open to the public from 9am to 5pm between October 12 and 31 (except for Sundays) at the Taiwanese Canadian Cultural Society. Meet with the artist at the opening reception at 3pm on Saturday Oct 19. This free event includes a performance of improvised music and dance, featuring Lan Tung (erhu/Chinese violin & vocal), Marina Hasselberg (cello), Olivia Shaffer (dance), and Li Tung the artist. 

light shadow fire – 8pm, Oct 25, 2019 

光、影、火

2019年十月25日晚上8點   

The Sound of Dragon Society and NOW Society co-present “light shadow fire”, a cross-cultural interdisciplinary performance featuring improvising musicians and visual artist Li Tung.

NOW
Joshua Zubot – violin
Parmela Attariwala – viola
Kathia Rudametkin – viola
Lisa Cay Miller – piano
James Meger – bass
Skye Brooks – drums

Sound of Dragon
Lan Tung – erhu and voice
Li Tung – visuals and movement (Taipei)
Marina Hasselberg – cello

Limited seating. Reservations here will reserve your seat. You can donate at the door. $20 / $10 / pwyc

Gather Our Dispersed From The Ends of The Earth

Moshe Denburg Tribute Concert – 70th Birthday!

作曲家莫協.丹伯格作品音樂會

2019年11月10日下午4點  票 BUY TICKETS

4pm Sunday Nov 10, 2019 at the Annex 

(823 Seymour St. Vancouver, BC)

tickets $19.99 regular & $15 students/seniors/children

Vancouver’s Orchid Ensemble celebrates the 70th birthday of its long-time collaborator, local composer Moshe Denburg, with a concert of his music. Mr. Denburg is one of the pioneers of inter-cultural music in Canada, founded the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra (VICO) in 2001, and has created compositions for many combinations of instruments from different countries. He is passionate about bringing people together with music and plays an important role in Vancouver’s world music community. Featuring the Orchid Ensemble (Lan Tung – Erhu/Chinese Violin, Dailin Hsieh – Zheng/Chinese Zither, Jonathan Bernard – Percussion) with special guest Michelle Harding – Flamenco Dance. In addition, the ensemble will premier Elisha Denburg’s “And Gather Our Dispersed From the Ends of the Earth“.

4th Sound of Dragon Music Festival – June 4-7, 2020 

屆溫哥華龍吟滄海音樂節

2020年六月4至7日   

The 2020 Sound of Dragon Music Festival will present the collaboration between Orchid Ensemble and Oktoecho (Montreal), Vancouver’s newly formed Erhu Quartet, Taiwan Yangqin Ensemble 台灣揚琴樂團, Mongolian throat singer and horsehead fiddle player Tamir Hargana. 

Crossing Mountains & Seas  

8pm, July 20, 2019, Vancouver Playhouse – BUY TICKETS

穿越山海經 2019年七月20日   購票

produced by Orchid Ensemble 蘭韻樂團
co-presented with Sound of Dragon Society龍吟滄海協會
co-created by Lan Tung 董籃, Julia Taffe, Sammy Chien 簡上翔, and Chengxin Wei 魏成欣
choreography: Julia Taffe & Chengxin Wei
media arts: Chimerik 似不像
music composition: Lan Tung
performance: Aeriosa Dance & Orchid Ensemble

Crossing Mountains & Seas fuses together contemporary and aerial dance, contemporary music with Chinese traditions and avant-garde improvisation, against dramatic media projection with the latest video technology, crossing over modern day Canada and a magical world of pre-historic China as described in the ancient book Shan Hai Jing or the Classic of Mountains & Seas. The premiere is scheduled on July 11, 2019 at the Port Theatre in Nanaimo, BC and July 20, 2019 at the Vancouver Playhouse.

Shan Hai Jing 山海經 is an enormous collection of ancient Chinese writings and drawings about a magical world where countless mythical creatures or hybrids of human and animals have lived in over 100 kingdoms. How the creatures in these kingdoms have lived in harmony with each other is a metaphor of an ideal multi-cultural society that we are seeking for today. To bridge between the modern day and the mythical world, the story will unfold within an imaged role-playing video game based on Shan Hai Jing. The game acts as a portal for our characters travel between the ancient and modern worlds, the east and the west, the sea and the sky, and the reality and our imagination. Setting the story within a game environment allows for infinite possibilities for creative ideas and makes connection to the youth culture.

Sound of Dragon Ensemble &

Melody of China  

7pm, May 30, 2019, Western Front, Vancouver – BUY TICKETS

龍吟滄海樂團與舊金山漢聲樂團首度合作

2019年五月30日晚上7點   

The Sound of Dragon Ensemble (Vancouver) and Melody of China (San Francisco) come together to create the first collaboration between two professional ensembles of Chinese roots from across the border in North America. This concert will give the world premiere of new commissions by Dorothy Chang (Canada), Itamar Erez (Canada), and Yuan Chen Li (US/Taiwan), along with works by Mark Armanini, Ali Razmi, and Lan Tung. Featuring soloists Yangqin Zhao (yangqin/Chinese hammered dulcimer) and Gangqin Zhao (zheng/Chinese zither), this concert marks Melody of China’s Vancouver debut. Welcoming back guest conductor Chih Sheng Chen (Taiwan) for the third time, this concert will prepare the Sound of Dragon Ensemble for its debut Asia tour this fall.

Following the Vancouver concert, the ensembles will share the stage at Fort Mason Centre for Arts & Culture as part of the San Francisco International Arts Festival at 6pm on June 2, 2019.

3rd Sound of Dragon Music Festival – April 3-8, 2018 

第三屆溫哥華龍吟滄海音樂節

2018年四月3至8日   

The 2018 Sound of Dragon Music Festival will present the collaboration between Turning Point Ensemble (Vancouver) & Little Giant Chinese Chamber Orchestra (Taiwan), Geling Jiang’s new ensemble 21 Strings Plus with special guest Xian Wen Hu (China), and the collaboration between Sound of Dragon Ensemble and Toronto Chinese Orchestra Chamber Players

The first class large chamber ensembles in Canada and Taiwan come together in the collaboration of the Turning Point Ensemble and the Little Giant Chinese Chamber Orchestra. They will perform inter-cultural works by Canadian, Taiwanese, and international composers. After the festival, the ensembles will meet again on the stage of Taiwan’s National Concert Hall in June 2018.

Strings Attached – Feb 11, 2018

弓在弦上 2018年二月11日

co-presented with the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra
3:30pm Orpheum Annex (823 Seymour Street, Vancouver, BC)
tickets: $30 VIP, $19.99 regular, $15 students/seniors/children
featuring cellist Bo Peng, Cellissimo, Lan Tung (erhu), and Richmond Delta Youth Orchestra

Spring 2018 Call for Scores & Reading Session

2018年春季徵曲

Call for Scores deadline: April 10, 2018
Reading session co-presented with the Canadian Music Centre
1-5pm BC Creative Hob (837 Davie Street, Vancouver, BC)
Free Admission, limited seating
featuring Little Giant Chinese Chamber Orchestra (Taiwan) conducted by Chih Sheng Chen

Music of the Heavens  Nov 23, 2017

天籟 2017年11月23日

Nov 23, 2017, 8pm Norman Rothstein Theatre
co-presented by Orchid Ensemble, Centre for Culture & Technology UBC Okanagan, and Sound of Dragon Society
celebrating Orchid Ensemble’s 20th anniversary

Music of the Heavens is a multicultural creation of live music and multimedia animated visuals that tell ancient astrological stories from Chinese, Greek, and the First Nations traditions. The artists re-interpret the stories and explore the meeting of cultures in their collaborative process with community members, where unique stars signifying individuals’ heritage were made. Each story is connected to a season, and characters from the heavenly world travel through time and space as the night unfolds, highlighting different cultural beliefs.

Xiao Fen Min Residency June 27-July 1, 2017

July 1, 2017, 12-1:15pm Performance Works, Granville Island
Vancouver International Jazz Festival, co-presented by Coastal Jazz & Blues Society, Sound of Dragon Society
Free concert, celebrating Canada 150 on Canada Day!
Led by Lan Tung erhu/voice, Proliferasian performs cutting-edge music rooted in Chinese traditions and avant-garde jazz, mixing rhythmic intricacy with the fluid spontaneity of improvisation. Hailed by The New York Times as “a pipa player like no other,” special guest Xiaofen Min “has taken her ancient Chinese string instrument into the future” (Village Voice). With JP Carter trumpet/electronics, Colin Cowan bass, Ron Samworthguitar, Bernie Arai drums.

check out other events during her residency.