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Touring Australian Multicultural Arts
Friday 16 March 2007 KULTOUR presents ‘Seasons Dreaming’
‘Chinese Classical and Contemporary Music’
The tradition of the East meets the technology of the West in a collaborative concert featuring the traditional wind instruments of China and live computer processing. The concert features internationally acclaimed Chinese composer/musician Wang Zheng Ting and renowned local composer/music technologist, Mark Elliot.
Zheng-Ting Wang makes a tough acoustic cookie of a sound on his Sheng and it retains that quality of wind timbre no matter what kind of intervals are used in the structure.
The Sheng is one of the oldest Chinese musical instruments. The wind instrument existed as far back as 3,000 years ago.
Mark Elliot is currently undertaking a PhD at the Centre for Ideas, Victorian College of the Arts, researching and developing methods for large scale collaboration in conjunction with his artistic compositions.
In late 2003 Mark was awarded an Arts Victoria grant for the composition of a concerto for orchestra and sheng (Chinese mouth organ) which he has now completed and is awaiting its performance early next year.
By virtue of its construction, this is the only Chinese musical instrument in the Chinese orchestra capable of playing up to six notes simultaneously. It is therefore commonly called the "Chinese mouth organ" by western people. Sheng is also the first musical instrument in the world utilising a "coupled acoustical system," between a wind column and a free reed.
This unique collaborative concert is a one of a kind Australian music experience.
Venue: BEMAC Indoor Space, Yungaba 120 Main Street, Kangaroo Point
Tickets: $16 full Price / $14 concessions / $12 BEMAC members
Bookings: Phone BEMAC on 33914433