Chinese-Celtic fusion with Wong, Wu, Chisolm & Rosen for Gung Haggis Fat Choy 2005
Karen Wong & Zhongxi Wu are bringing their friends
Alex Chisolm & Carmen Rosen to Gung Haggis Fat Choy for an exciting musical adventure. Karen
and Zhongxi are the creators of Dragon
River Shadow Puppet Theatre.
I first met them when they performed at the 2002 Vancouver Storytelling
Festival, and I liked them immediately as both performers and
people. Zhongxi next crossed my path when he walked into a dinner
I was MC for in May… except I didn't recognize him wearing a kilt and
Karen and Zhongxi became became Gung Haggis-ified when they performed
with me for First
Night Vancouver on Dec. 31, 2004 for 2 packed and enthusiastic shows. Karen
was born in Montreal and raised in North Vancouver, she plays the sheng
– a unique 2000 year old 13 reed wind blown organ made of bamboo pipes. Zhongxi
aka “Jonesey”, born in Harbin, China, plays the suona – a loud reed flute, and
two years ago, he took up BAGPIPES!
Alex Chisolm plays in the same pipe band with Zhongxi – and he
also plays mandolin. The two men have become great friends and
play music together often. His partner Carmen Rosen is an accomplished artist and singer. She is also founder of performance artists Mortal Coil and involved with the Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival. I think it will say that when Wong, Wu, Chisolm and Rosen get together… anything can happen!