If you are in Victoria – check out this wonderful concert. I really like Silk Road Music. I met Qiu Xia and Andre when they were featured in the CBC television performance special “Gung Haggis Fat Choy.” They have performed with me at many Gung Haggis Fat Choy dinner events since.
Andre is French Canadian, born in Montreal, and Qui Xia was born in Xian, China. They truly bring world music together in cultural fusion that is naturally accessible.
|Silk Road Music with Victoria Symphony
University Centre Farquhar Auditorium
phone. (250) 721-6561
one of the few Chinese touring ensembles in North America to have
performed at all the major festivals in Canada and many concerts
around the globe. Its music has been featured on CBC’s Asian music
compilation, BBC International recital, Edmonton Folk Festival and
Winspear Center, with the Symphonies in Whitefish Theatre Montana,
Orpheum Theatre with the Vancouver Symphony, Chan Center UBC, Calgary
Symphony and many festivals in Canada, USA and France.
presents a variety of repertoire: from Han Ya Xi Shui- a classic Pipa
(Chinese lute) solo piece with Tabla and symphony arranged by Mark Armanini, to a new Canada Council commission for Pipa, Erhu(Chinese violin), Guitar and orchestra piece by Jin Zhang, from a fiery original composition with Pipa, Guitar and orchestra composed by Qiu Xia He and arranged by Moshe Denburg,
to many exciting Silk Road favorites that leave audiences mesmerized,
joyed and romanced. As the Canadian Folk Music Awards in 2006
nomination said: for the Best Ensemble and Pushing the Boundaries.The
world truly becomes one!
a four-stringed tear drop shaped lute with over seventy playing
techniques using 5 plastic fingernails attached to the right hand,the
result is a wide range of sounds likened to a mini-symphony. It is a
key classical Chinese instrument dating back 2000 years.Qiu Xia He was
born in Baoji China . At the age of thirteen, she became a
professional pipa player. At twenty four, she was an instructor at
the Xian Music Academy . Since arriving in Canada in 1989, she has
been actively pursuing her career world-wide as a performer, composer,
producer and teacher. She is the creator and artistic director of Silk
Road Music for the last 18 years. There are 3 CDs produced under the
group and many collaborations with top artists from the world. She has
been a featured soloist with Symphony orchestras like Vancouver ,
Montana and Calgary .
was born in Montreal . He is a brilliant guitarist and
multi-instrumentalist whose fiery rhythms and stunning music is created
from a unique blend of Flamenco, jazz, classical, and world music. His
musicianship has led him to share the stage with many world class
musicians from Malaysia to Cuba , South Africa , India to North
America and Asia . He is a well respected world music performer who
has six releases under his name.
is an ancient percussion instrument from India . it is a cloth covered
double drum consisting of one cylindrical and one conical bowl tuned to
different pitches,it is played with both hands and involves a highly
complicated combination of finger movements.
in Montreal , Stefan has studied Tabla in India with the great
maestro Ustad Allarakha and his sons Ustad Zakir Hussain and Ustad
Fazal Qureshi. He has given numerous performances at home and abroad
during his career with the likes of Ustad Zakir Hussain, Iranian Tar
player and composer Amir Koushkani,, Tabla Beat Scientist Karsh Kale,
Psych-Rock band “The Tea Party”, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra,
& the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra. Currently working as a
free-lance musician in Vancouver ,
is a Chinese two-stringed violin played vertical on the lap,with the
bow hairs running between the 2 strings.I has a snake skin bowl as a
sound box and is famous for its expressive vocal quality suggesting its
Mongolian roots.Jun is a graduate of the China Music Academy in
Beijing where she performed with the China Opera & Dance
Orchestra. In Vancouver , Jun is performing as a soloist with many
musical projects like Silk Road and lately Koan a jazz fusion
ensemble featuring her outstanding technique. She was chosen by the
Chinese Cultural Centre to play with internationally recognized string
quartet Vega Strings as erhu soloist. Her performance was marked as
“brilliant erhu playing” in the Vancouver Sun.
a leading composer in Canada , noted for his extraordinary works on
Asian instruments. His broad understanding of Western and Asian music
has made him in demand among the Asian community. His pipa concerto “Of
Wind and Water” was featured on Silk Road 's new release Autumn Cloud.
born in Beijing China . His musical education includes the Central
Conservatory of Music in Beijing , Toho Gakuen School of Music in
Tokyo , Japan , studying conducting with Professor Morihiro Okabe and
maestro Kazuyoshi Akiyama and Seiji Ozawa. He has composed for the
Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Vancouver Symphony and received
many awards for his excellent work.
born in Montreal . His musical career has spanned over three decades
and his accomplishments encompass a wide range of musical
activities,including Composition,,Performance and Jewish Music
Education. He has travelled worldwide,living and studying music in New
York , Israel , Montreal , Toronto , India and Japan . From 1986-90
he studied composition with John Celona at the University of