Chan Centre for the Performing Arts presents

Lan Tung: Have Bow Will Travel

Prolific composer, erhu player, and vocalist Lan Tung “sits at the crossroads between East and West, innovation and tradition” (La Scena Musicale). Artistic Director of Orchid Ensemble, Sound of Dragon Music Festival, and Proliferasian, Tung transposes Chinese musical foundations to new contexts, adding Hindustani, Uyghur, and Mongolian influences as well as various avant-garde approaches. She has appeared as a soloist with Symphony Nova Scotia, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Métropolitain, and Turning Point Ensemble, and has toured extensively throughout the world.

“Lan Tung performs on the erhu, a two-string stick fiddle that, despite having only one pair of strings, creates strikingly vast sounds [that] shimmer gorgeously with Tung’s precise show(wo)manship” – Sing Out! The Folk Song Magazine

For this program, Lan Tung will perform two world premieres for erhu and string quintet by composer Tim BradyConcerto Étude and Peripheral Visions, joined by musicians from Vancouver-based Turning Point Ensemble. An electric guitar virtuoso who is as comfortable with laptop-driven electronic improvisation as with string quartets, operas, and symphonies written for 150 guitars, Tim Brady defies categorization. In his chamber works, delicate melodies cohabit with jagged, syncopated chords in an atmosphere of openness, surprise and intrigue. Also on the program, the whimsically named duo Have Bow Will Travel connects two of Vancouver’s most dynamic string players for seriously far-ranging improvisation. A vanguard kindred spirit of Lan Tung, Portuguese-born cellist Marina Hasselberg uses extended techniques and electronics to continually push sonic boundaries.

Lan Tung, erhu
Marina Hasselberg, cello
Owen Underhill, conductor
Marc Destrubé, violin
Mary Sokol Brown, violin
Tawnya Popoff, viola
Rebecca Wenham, cello
David Brown, double bass

New Year’s Eve 良宵 | Tian Hua Liu, arr. Lan Tung
Gan Sheng Ling (Herding Song) 趕牲靈 | Chinese Folk Song, arr. Lan Tung
Night Sky | Improvisation by Lan Tung & Marina Hasselberg
Concerto Étude (premiere) | Tim Brady
Peripheral Visions (premiere) | Tim Brady

Filmed at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts in January 2021.
Run time: 57 minutes.

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Tune into the watch party at 7pm PT / 10:00pm ET on Friday, February 26 to view and interact with other audience members in a live chat, OR watch on demand at any time following the premiere until May 31, 2021.

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