Friday, November 09, 2012

June 10th 2012 NYQS Visiting China Institute and Qin Yaji at CRS in Manhattan.

The New York Qin Society visited China Institute to see the exhibition
Theater, Life, and the Afterlife: 
Tomb Décor of the Jin Dynasty from Shanxi
After seeing the exhibition, everyone head to CRS near Union Square to have qin yaji.

Qin: Jason's new qin/ metal string, Stephen's Zen Chengwei Qin/ nylon string, Ralph's silk string qin. 
Qin playing: There were 1st round and 2nd round due to some people came late and did not hear the first round, so we played again.
Jason - 湘江怨, 陽關三疊 (1st round), 秋風辭, 長相思 (2nd round), 
Ralph - 秋風辭 (both round), 
Jun – 良宵引 (both round)
Stephen – 玉樓春曉, (1st round), 梅花三弄(2nd round),
Peiyou – 春曉吟, (1st round), 春曉吟, 歐鷺忘機 (2nd round),
Marilyn - 慨古引, 良宵引 
Judy (Shih-hua) - 秋風辭 with singing
Sam – Random (part of High Mountain and part of flowing water)

Stephen Dydo

Jason Ginsberg

Peiyou Chang

Jun Wang from San Francisco.

Ralph Knag

NYQS members: Bo Lawergren, Stephen Dydo, Jason Ginsberg, , Marilyn Wong Gleysteen, Ralph Knag, Judy Yeh, Peiyou Chang, and guests: Sam Zhang, Jun Wang, Pamela Yap, Qian Michelle Chen and Nick Chon. Andrew Frank and Nancy Nan left earlier

Opera Figures, Detail from the South Wall of the Tomb
Jin dynasty (1115–1234)
Unearthed in 2009 at Jishan Chemical Factory, Jishan county, Shanxi province
Height from left to right:
18 ¾ inches (47.6 cm), 18 9/10 inches (48 cm),
18 9/10 inches (48 cm), 19 11/16 inches (50 cm)
Shanxi Museum

Brick carving is a traditional folk art that was used to decorate architecture and adorn tombs. Excavations in recent decades have uncovered unique and theatrically-themed brick carvings from the Shanxi province, revealing a passion for theater and opera in this region during the Jin dynasty (1115–1234). The tombs of Shanxi, adorned with beautiful, intricate brick carvings and other décor, illustrate two kinds of popular entertainment: Za Ju, formal performances of written plays and San Qu, performances related to village festivals. An entirely reconstructed tomb will offer visitors a window into the ways ancient art patrons transferred the artistic joys of life into the afterlife. Theater, Life, and the Afterlife: Tomb Décor of the Jin Dynasty from Shanxi, brings to life the intersection of the brick carving and theater traditions. -- quoted from China Institute website.

This wall is more like the 24孝 stories. like the upper right side one is 臥冰求鯉, the lower middle one is 挨杖傷老