6pm | Doors open
6.30–7.30pm | Pre-concert talk (free)
8–9pm | Concert
FOLK SONG arr ALEX HO Three Six
ALEX HO New commission (world premiere)
LIU TIESHAN & MAO YU arr ALEX HO Dance of the Yao Tribe
JASMIN KENT RODGMAN New commission (world premiere)
HUANG HE arr ALEX HO Spirit of the Yellow Earth
RAYMOND YIU New commission (world premiere)
HUANG YIJUN arr ALEX HO Beautiful Flowers and The Full Moon
Yi-Hsuan Chen flute
Angela Wai Nok Hui percussion
Reylon Yount yangqin
Jessica Zhu piano
Tickets: £16 (£12 concessions)
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Photo by Linxi Li
What better way to ring in the Lunar New Year than with new music?
Following a sold-out debut in January 2019, Tangram will return to LSO St Luke’s with an adventurous programme interweaving reimagined folk melodies with brand new compositions.
This year's Associate Ensemble at SOAS University of London, Tangram is the rising artist collective opening up spaces beyond the China-West dichotomy. Their performances remix ideas of what Chinese music and contemporary classical music can be.
Bringing together alumni from Yo-Yo Ma's Silkroad Ensemble, Park Lane Group's Young Artist Series, the BBC Young Musician percussion finals, and all three of the LSO's composer schemes, Tangram will present new music of the highest standard through a seamless blend of Chinese and Western instruments. The evening will culminate in two exciting world premieres from acclaimed composers Jasmin Kent Rodgman and Raymond Yiu.
Tangram's last performance was described by David Gowland (Royal Opera House) as 'sincere, unpretentious, inclusive, inspired and inspiring. It is one of the most enjoyable performances I've attended for quite a while... [The] juxtaposition of Chinese and Western idioms and cultures was simply brilliant in its delivery.'
The concert will be preceded by a panel discussion with composers Alex Ho and Jasmin Kent Rodgman, and ethnomusicologists Rachel Harris (SOAS) and Szhr Ee Tan (Royal Holloway). Together, they will introduce the new commissions and explore different perspectives on how transnational Chinese artists engage diasporic narratives through music. This pre-concert talk is free.
Come celebrate Lunar New Year in a new way, and experience the truth that an organic synthesis of Chinese and Western cultural elements is not only possible, but can be beautiful.