Sunday, October 29, 2017

10/28/2017 丁酉秋古琴雅集

On Saturday, October 28, 2017,  2pm to 6pm at Vestal NY, Peiyou organized a 2nd Guqin Yaji for the fall season in the year of Ding You 丁酉.

與會者 Participants:

Friends from NYC/NJ area -- Yixuan, Bin and Guillaume, Ralph and Pen, Yunxin Xing 邢云馨.

Friends from Albany area -- Renjie, Michael B and Yu-li.

Friends from Binghamton area -- Brenda Shunwen Wu, Huimin Jiang (who is a visiting scholar from Beijing, introduced by Prof. John Chaffee at Binghamton University), mom and dad (parents-in-law of Peiyou)

Friends from Boston area -- Michael J and Yubin Liang (who is an Acupuncture practitioner).

雅集節目 Yaji Program:

 演出者表演項目之投影片 Slides that went along with each performer 

Great photographs of the yaji from the photographer, Yixuan. Yaji started with everyone introducing themselves. Then the program followed. 

執扇仕女圖, artist 季康


培幼試逸軒的琴, 問道:你這調很特別, Yixuan 回: 因為還沒調音... :)
Yunxin's instagram has a short clip of my playing of Zhuang Zho Dreaming himself as a butterfly. 莊周夢蝶. flip over to the third one to listen to it. Thanks Yunxin. 
云馨的手機有錄到一小段我彈的莊周夢蝶, 可至她的instagram 翻到第三張聽看.謝謝云馨,




人傑演奏蕭古曲 妝台秋思

Ralph 演奏平沙落雁

人傑與培幼演奏謝俊仁先生創作的"落梅" 此曲只有在有雅集或表演時咱倆才得機會練習.
從上次在Cambridge NY表演的經驗, 這次有把自己的心放慢聆聽蕭聲, 再下指, 此次演奏個人覺得有比上次好些

中場休息 Intermission for food

食物的準備感覺還是有很大的挑戰性. 婆婆準備了兩道菜 (for vegetarian)及水果跟飲料,  我跟老公準備了home made (for vegetarian) and store made pizza. 涼拌豆腐(最獲好評). 米飯, 雞肉, 水餃 (沒買到好吃的, 這次水餃失敗). 烏龍茶, 檸檬汁, 以及甜湯還有一些nuts. 

Yu-li 帶來了一瓶甜酒, 可就連法國人都打不開, 費了好些功夫終於被老公打開, 大家笑說, Better be a good wine. 呵呵...

廚房感覺像戰場, 感謝婆婆, Yu-li, 老公的幫忙以及大家的自動自發. :)


Yunxin's website:
Dionysius 酒神
For sound recording of Yunxin's talk at the yaji, please listen from : (云馨的解說之錄音檔)

Bin 李彬and Guillaume's 季堯孟I Am Also Here for Two Performers. This performance for me is very thoughtful, although there is almost no sound but several long silent moments. Like Laozi 大音希聲, The greatest sound is the silent sound. And the silent moment is actually very provocative.

錄音檔Sound recording of Bin and Huilliume's  I Am Also Here at the yaji, please listen from

Bin Li's website:

Michael's 蔣賢 Yang Style Taichi demonstration.

Renjie's 人傑 Chen Style Taichi demonstration.
Please watch Renjie's Yang Style 48 form demonstration :

Group photo.  Unfortunately Shunwen and Huiming left before this picture was taken. The total was 17 people.  It was exactly the number of people like the last spring yaji. 
 Some photos from my camera:

After Taichi demonstrations, everyone back into the house, Michael and Renjie explained a little bit the difference between Yang Style and Chen Style Taichi. According to Renjie, Yang style in appearance does not seem as powerful as Chen style, but the fajin 發勁 (exerting strength) is actually very powerful. 

Then Yunxin asked Peiyou to teach some knowledge about qin playing. So Peiyou explained the basic concept of qin sound, hui dots, right hand, and left hand fingerings, yin and nao, chuo and zhu.  

The Yaji ended with Peiyou's qin playing of "Song of a Pleasant Night" 

My father-in-law was very impressed with the yaji. He thinks it is like back to the French Salon time that so many different artists gathered together and every one demonstrate, talk about their arts and exchange different thoughts... He thinks it is really great.

我公公對這次雅集印象深刻。 他認為這就像回到法國沙龍時代,許多不同的藝術家聚集在一起,每一個人都展示,談論他們的藝術,交換不同的想法...他認為這真的很棒。

感謝 Thanks:

This might be the last yaji that we will host at our home. Due to the location is pretty remote to many of my qin friends. But still many showed there interests and loyalty in participating. I am really feeling honored and touched. It was another great gathering. Thank you all for coming.

Thanks to Ralph again for picking up friends from NYC/NJ area. Thanks to Renjie again for the great technical support of sound amplifier and projector.
Thanks to Yixuan, the photographer for taking all the great photos.

Thanks to Prof. John Chaffee for introducing Huimin to us.  

Let's continue practicing the qin and maintain the qin philosophies and culture in our life as best as we can. 

We will have another elegant gathering, but when and where, is not so important now. When the time is right, it'll happen again.

琴音與琴道, 不會也不應因任何起起落落,改變我們對他們在我們生命中的存在價值與追求之初衷.