Earthly Airs and Hearty Beats: A Unique Concert of Wind and Drum Music from Central China

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“Earthly Airs and Hearty Beats” will be performed at the Mendelssohn Theater on Friday, September 29, 2018. The performers are Zhou family Band, a group of family musicians that play music of weddings, funerals, and other life cycle rituals. Zhou Family Band attracted international attention through their first Europe tour in 2017, which brought them to five countries and prestigious festivals such as World of Music, Arts and Dance festival (WOMAD). Hailed for its “tremendous energy” by BBC, regarded as “China’s avant-garde” by The Guardian, and selected by SOAS Radio as one of its five favorite acts from the 2017 WOMAD, Zhou Family Band presents an authentic Chinese tradition.

Zhou Family Band (周家班) plays traditional wind and percussion music that have accompanied birth and death celebrations of people in Central-Eastern China for more than 600 years. Coming from Lingbi, Anhui Province, part of the Central Plain area which formed the cradle of Chinese civilization, the Zhou family has been musicians for seven generations, and are bearers of a tradition that represents the cream of Chinese folk music – Bolin Laba, a national intangible cultural heritage of China as declared by UNESCO.

Program:

“Red Forever” 《万年红》
“Tune of Celebration” 《庆贺令》
“Picking Dates“ 《打枣》
“Wild Geese Landing on the Shore” 《雁落沙滩》
“Tune of Great Sadness” 《大悲调》
“Chinese Opera” 《咔戏》
“Opening the Door” 《开门》
“A Hundred Birds Saluting the Phoenix” 《百鸟朝凤》
“Double Pipe” 《双管》
Medley of Chinese Popular Songs

*This program is subject to change.
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When and Where

Map Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre

September 2018

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7:00pm - 9:00pm

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