12pm, July 1, 2015 – “Sound of Dragon – the Giant Project” featuring Proliferasian (Vancouver) & Little Giant Chinese Chamber Orchestra (Taiwan) at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival Performance Works, Granville Island (1218 Cartwright Street, across from the Granville Island Hotel) Free admission
Co-presented with the Coastal Jazz and Blues Society, the concert features the collaboration between Vancouver quartet Proliferasian and Taiwan’s Little Giant Chinese Chamber Orchestra, following their successful premiere performance at the 2014 Sound of Dragon Music Festival. Bringing together the improvisers and the classically trained musicians, combining jazz and Chinese traditional instruments, the resulting sound is unique in the world.
The Little Giant Chinese Chamber Orchestra (“gCO”) was founded in October 2000 by its artistic director and conductor Chih-Sheng Chen. With over ten years of experience, the gCO has matured into an ensemble of both technical and artistic proficiency. A strong musical force in Taiwan, it represents a new generation of Chinese orchestral music. It strives to demonstrate the energy and passion of its dedicated musicians with every performance. The gCO breathes new life into an art form that holds ancient roots, and devotes itself to promoting Chinese music on the world stage.
Traveling freely between composed and improvised worlds, Proliferasian is a unique voice rising from the west coast of Canada. The band encompasses both rhythmic intricacy in its compositions and the fluidity and spontaneity in creative improvisation. Distinctive from other Canadian ensembles utilizing Chinese instruments, the unique sound of Proliferasian cannot be mistaken as anyone else. Proliferasian performs cutting edge music rooted in Chinese music and avant-garde jazz, representing the merging of two genres, and embracing even more elements into the equation. The musicians explore the contrasting, complimenting, and sometimes contradicting natures of multiple influences. The result is a new “musical species” that proliferates and transforms continuously. Proliferasian may take inspiration from Asian music, literature, landscape, legends, or paintings, but its music will definitely break any preconceptions of Asian cultures.
Proliferasian is Lan Tung (erhu & vocal), JP Carter (trumpet & electronics), Kevin Romain (drums) and Colin Cowan (bass)