Dear members and friends of the Scotland-China Association,
If you missed our Chinese music concert by Dong Yi in Glasgow last
April, this is another chance to listen to a 'zheng' (Chinese zither)
performance by a young prodigy player in Edinburgh this Saturday!
The following event is proposed by the French Institute in Edinburgh,
one of our Association's partners, and we thought it may be of
interest to you.
CHINESE MUSIC CONCERT BY DONG YI
21 June 2003, 8.15 - 9.00pm
Institut Français d'Ecosse
13 Randolph Crescent
Edinburgh EH3 7TT
Tel.: 0131 225 5366
At just 20 years old, Dong Yi is already a new star rising among
zheng performers in China. Her performance is full of vigor and
enthusiasm, as well as delicacy, tact and profound charm. Yi has also
been a student at the University of Edinburgh since 2001 and she
performed in the 2002 Fringe festival, a concert to which the BBC
World Service dedicated a special programme.
'Zheng' is one of the oldest Chinese string instruments with a
century-old history, tuned using the Chinese pentatonic scale (sol,
la, do, re, mi). Dong Yi will perform with other musicians
traditional Chinese tunes.
This event is part of the 'Fête de la Musique' (Music Day Scotland),
a celebration of music taking place in more than 20 venues in
Scotland...and at the Institut Français from 5 pm till late: 3
venues, 91 artists and 19 live concerts... ALL for free!
Evening parade in Princes street gardens with 3 marching bands (Leith
community Concert band, bagpipers and Indian Dhor Drummers). Meeting
point at Ross Theatre bandstand at 5 pm.
From 6.30pm onwards, at the Institut Français, 13 Randolph Crescent
Music and songs from Scotland but also from Poland, India, China,
Italy, from the Northern African and African worlds... and even from
France! See detailed programme below.
(All profits from our bar will be donated to international charity
Médecins Sans Frontières UK)
Venue 1 : Library
7 - 7.20 pm : Jan Straczynski (Poland)
Young Musician of the Year in Holyrood High School in 1999, Jan
Straczynski since 2000 has been a student at the Royal Scottish
Academy of Music and Drama. He'll perform on his guitar Chopin
Nocturne, Study n 3 by Barrios and 2 pieces composed by himself.
7.30 - 8 pm : Rachel Newton and Fiona Rutherford (Scotland -
Traditional Scottish music in a contemporary style, with clarsach,
fiddle and voice.
8.15 - 9.00 pm : Dong Yi (China)
(see details above)
9.15 - 9.35 pm : Indian Music and Dance Collective (India)
A Tabla recital by members of the Indian Music & Dance Collective'.
The Tabla are two tuned drums played horizontally with the hands to
give a unique & distinctive sound. The most frequently used
percussion instrument in Indian classical music as both accompaniment
9.45 - 10.30 pm : Gordon Ferries (Scotland)
Gordon is one of Scotland's foremost luthenists and early guitarists.
He has worked with many ensembles inc. the BT Scottish Ensemble and
Red Campion. He has also performed and arranged music for the BBC. In
2002, Gordon was awarded an Arts Council grant for research into
French guitar manuscripts, for his first solo CD. He is the musical
director of the Baroque Ensemble Symphonie des Plaisirs and lectures
guitar and lute at Napier University.
Venue 2 : Auditorium
6.30 - 6.55 pm : Waa Sylla (West Africa / Scotland)
Waa Sylla means "the family of Sylla", as Moussa Sylla was the
performers' beloved teacher from Guinea. The band will play West
Africa traditional drum rythms. With 2 dancers.
7 - 7.20 pm : MGM Trio (Scotland)
MGM Trio plays a blend of musical styles from classical to
traditional , contemporary and jazz, from Brahms to Gershwin and
Piazzola. George and Maria perform with their teacher Mary, a well
established professional musician.
7.30 - 7.50 pm : Philip Contini (Italy)
Edinburgh born, Philip Contini, came to the singing stage late in his
career but has been performing
every summer since 1997 in the Fringe Festival. Accompanied by John
Russell on acoustic guitar and David Vernon on accordion, he will
sing a selection of Italian and Neapolitan songs from the late 19th
century to the 1950's.
8. 10 - 8.45 pm : Sangstream (Scotland / France)
Sangstream choir evolved from an adult learning project evening class
in 1997 to become independant in 1999. 20 members (of the 50
composing the whole choir!) will sing Scottish folk songs a capella.
8.50 - 9.05 pm : Wanduska Jack (Poland)
Mezzo-sprano vocalist, Wanduska will sing Chopin and traditional
Polish folk tune accompanied with piano.
9.15 - 9.35 pm : St Mary's Music School Jazz Ensemble (Scotland)
Jazz music with piano, bass, guitar, violin, saxophone and
percussions by talented students!
9.50 - 10.10 pm : Alien Kabaret (Scotland)
Edinburgh-based singer songwriter Woodstock Taylor formed Alien
Kabaret in London in 1999 to perform and record original and standard
songs with a European twist. On this occasion the band comprises
Woodstock on lead vocals, piano and guitar, Pete Garnett on accordion
and former Boogaloosa bassist Hugh Kelly.
10.30 - 11 pm : ZUBA (West Africa / Scotland)
Glasgow-based world music collective Zuba will perform a rare
acoustic set with songs in West African dialects. With rythms and
melodies inspired by the global beat, Zuba's sound is as eclectic as
it is enterprising.
From 11.30 pm : Raga night with Chiranjib Chakraborty (India)
Young promising vocalist of Hindustani Classical music (North India),
Chiranjib has been studying since his tender age under the guidance
of Pandit Nidan Bandhu Banerjee of Rampur and Pandit Ajoy
Chakraborty. His tonal quality and ability to exercise control over
sur and taal has drawn special attention to music lovers in India. He
performs regularly throughout Europe and India.
Venue 3 : Restaurant La cuisine d'Odile
7.20 - 7.50 pm : Un chat dans la guitare (France)
Trio covering the songs of George Brassens, some in his own style and
some with a bossa feel. With Raphael on guitar, Jenny on double-bass
and Hannah on violin.
8 - 9 pm : Iain Carleton and Graham High - Members of Vent d'Est
Guitar Duo performing the music of Django Reinhardt (gypsy jazz)
From 9.15 pm onwards : Salon arabe
Enjoy Oriental food and mint tea from la Cuisine d'Odile while
listening to recorded Algerian Rai music (Cheb Mami, Khaled, Faudel,
Idir, Assia...) (CDs available on loan at the library)
This atmospheric and musical Arabic tearoom is an echo of the
celebration of Algerian culture in France in 2003.
For any further information, please contact :
Elisabeth Develay and Marie Prévost
Direct line : 0044 (0)131 220 7751
Switchboard : 0044 (0)131 225 5366
Email : culture@...
Website : www.ifecosse.org.uk