Monday, November 18, 2019

The 6th International On-line Guqin Yaji

Sunday 11/17/2019
3pm USA eastern time
12 noon USA west coast time
5pm Brazilian time
9pm in Austria
8pm London and Ireland Time

Qin playing

Esmeralda -- Qiu Feng Ci 秋風辭 (Ode to The Autumn Wind)
Joe -- Yang Guan San Die 陽關三疊英文彈唱 (Parting at Yang Guan Gate)  with singing of English lyrics he arranged
Sebastian -- Zhao Yin 招隱(Seeking The Recluse)
Ralph -- Dong Ting Qiu Si 洞庭秋思 (Autumn Thoughts At Dong Ting Lake)
Andre -- Yang Guan San Die  陽關三疊中文彈唱 (Parting at Yang Guan Gate) with singing of Chinese lyrics (Left handed qin player) 左手琴人
Peiyou -- Lan Ke Xin 爛柯行 (A Journey of a Decayed Axe Handle)

Qin Talk

Peiyou -- Lan Ke Xin's Composer Yin Zhixian尹芝仙, and the vibratos. (My notes)
Andre -- Qin and composition with demonstration

Clips of everyone's qin playing



Andre's talk and Mr. Lioy's Comment



Thanks for everyone's participation, music sharing, and wonderful conversation.
The next on-line yaji will be in mid January 2020. Stay tuned.  

Sunday, October 06, 2019

The 5th International On-line Guqin Yaji

國際網上古琴雅集 第五回
Agenda

Time (2 hours)
Sunday Oct 6th, 2019
12 noon (West coast time)
4pm (Brazilian time)
3pm (East coast time)
9pm (Austria time)

Qin Playing
Andre - Qin singing and playing of Parting At Yang Guan Gate -- postpone to next yaji
Ralph - Innocent Seagulls (O Lu Wang Ji)
Joe - Parting At Yiang Guan Gate (Yang Guan San Die)
Peiyou - Inspired By The Wise One (her new composition)
Sebastian - Seeking The Recluse (Zhao Yin)

Qin Talk (15-20 minutes each person)
Andre - Qin And Composition, he will demonstrate on the qin  -- postpone to next yaji
Joe - Qin, Tea ceremony and Yang Li-ping's Dancing
Peiyou - About Wúmén Qin School



Participants: 
Sebastian from Austria, 
Ralph from NJ, 
Peiyou from upstate NY, 
New friend, Esmeralda from Dublin, Ireland (Welcome)
Joe from Seattle 

Clips of the qin playing and talks


Joe talked about his trip to China this summer, including his, his wife's, his son's and daughter's learning of the guqin with Rachel who runs an Airbnb at Cheng-du in Si-chuan province with culture experiences of guqin learning, tea ceremony and dressing in traditional Chinese Han costume, and the dance show of Yang Li-ping that they saw. 

Joe also gave his impressions of the qin playing styles between Chuan 川派 and Wu 吳派. Since Rachel is from the Chuan area, Peiyou then following this concept of qin playing styles influenced by different areas, talked about Wúmén Qin School.


Peiyou played her newly composition.


Sebastian played Zhao Yin, Seeking The Recluse.

The meeting finished at 5:08pm east coast time.
The next on-line yaji will be either on Nov 10 or 17.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Mid Autumn Qin playing and talk at BU

Thursday September 12, 2019 from 2:50 to 4 pm, I gave an introduction of the guqin to Prof. James Burns' Music 112 class at Binghamton University.

Prof. Burns decided to make it as a yaji (elegant gathering). He bought Chinese black tea to share with his students through the class.

The calligraphy teacher Xiuwen and calligraphy classmate Andy came to listen to my presentation as well. I was very happy to see them.

It was the day before Chinese full moon festival, so I decided to play "Song Of A Pleasant Night"  to start my presentation.

Outline of my presentation.

I played and sang the Wenjun Cao 文君操 (Melody of Wenjun)  while introducing qin song.


total 30 slides 
At the end of my presentation I performed the Shi Shang Liu Quan 石上流泉 (Spring Water Over Pebbles).


The last 25 minutes was Q & A and some of the students shared their poetry reading and music presentation such as one student used the mouth to make the sound of different percussion instruments (beatbox) like it is from an electronic keyboard, very impressive.

The questions students asked included:

Is this instrument difficult to learn?

How old were you when you started learning this instrument?

Does it play chords?

If the harmonic dots are a mirror image, why do you have to play same tone in different position?
and the student asked this question also commented that she thinks it creates a choreography style for the hand movement. (<-- ancient="" as="" books="" both="" coordinate="" dancing="" each="" exactly="" flying="" hands="" is="" must="" nbsp="" other="" p="" phoenix="" playing="" qin="" recorded="" that="" the="" together="" two="" what="" with="">

Do people play modern music on the qin?

How do you carry the table and qin if going out?

Is the sliding difficult for the fingers?

How about the tuning?

Andy commented that he heard a blue jazz guitar player the other day, and the guitar player said that playing vibrato, when you reached the note, you wait a second then do the vibrato and Andy sees that is happening on the qin playing too. 

I took two qins, one was silk string, the other one was nylon string. I performed on the silk string qin with an amplifier. At the beginning I was trying not to use the amplifier. Although it can be heard, the audience has to concentrate without making any noise. After the first piece, I decided to use an amplifier for the rest of the playing. Many thanks to my husband's help on the slides and sound settings.





Picture courtesy to Xiuwen Li


In the last 5 minutes, prof. Burns asked me if I could play another piece on the nylon string qin? So I played the Yu Lou Chun Xiao 玉樓春曉 (Jade Mansion Spring Dawn) to finish the elegant gathering.

I was very happy to be with Prof. Burns and his students at this mid autumn day and to share my music with them.

Monday, September 09, 2019

Sep 7th 2019, NYQS Yaji

Time
Saturday September 7th, 2019 from 1:00 - 6:30pm

Attendance list
Members:
Stephen D
Marilyn
Ralph
Peiyou
John

Non members:
Bin Li
Suzanne
Stephen B



We discussed the possibility of organize the 20 years anniversary of NYQS and the way to have NYQS official website back.

Qin playing

Bin Li played his new composition on the qin, titled: America is hard to hear. This is a piece that only played with harmonics (to follow the philosophy of 大音希聲) and the tuning is the tighten 5th string but lower the 3rd string about 1/4 tone, in order to create more microtonal interval. Please see his notation below.


After Bin played this piece, everyone think it was a very nice piece , however no one can recognize that the melody was taken from Star Spangled Banner (the national anthem of the united state). Bin also rearranged the register and changed the rhythm. The result was quite interesting.

Peiyou played 採真游, 瀟湘水雲

John played 莊周夢蝶, 水龍吟

John showed his 2019 documentary film directed by Lao Shing Hon 劉成漢




The Scholar’s Studio- Guqin Recital at Sotheby's

Sotheby's Asia Week | Fall 2019
The Scholar’s Studio- Guqin Recital
with Peiyou Chang and John Thompson, New York Qin Society
Sunday, 8 September | 2 PM
Events are free and open to the public.
紐約琴社社員張培幼女士和唐世璋先生(John Thompson)
9月8日星期日|下午2時

Very nice setting of the room on the 8th floor of Sotheby's on York Avenue between 71 and 72 street in Manhattan.
John bought his microphone and amplifier. But at the end he decided not to turn on the amplifier in order to present the authentic silk string sound of the guqin.

Photo courtesy to Bin Li
Photo courtesy to Bin Li

Photo courtesy to Marilyn Wong Gleysteen

Photo courtesy to Marilyn Wong Gleysteen

Program

1. Jade Mansion Spring Dawn  (玉樓春曉 Yu Lou Chun Xiao, 1931)   
2. Water Dragon Intonation (水龍吟 Shui Long Yin, 1589)  
3. Mist over the Xiao and Xiang Rivers  (瀟湘水雲 Xiao Xiang Shui Yun, 1722)  
4. Cry of the Ospreys (關雎 Guan Ju, 1491) 
5. Wild Geese Flock to Sandy Shores (平沙落雁  Ping Sha Luo Yan, 1961) 
6. Zhuangzi's Butterfly Dream (莊周夢蝶 Zhuangzhou Meng Die, 1425)  
7. Seeking the Truth (採真游 Cai Zhen You, 1549)  
8. Song of the Fisherman (漁歌 Yu Ge, 1525)
9. Spring Water Over Pebbles (石上流泉 Shi Shang Liu Quan, 1864) 

The odd numbered pieces are played by Peiyou; the even numbered are played by John.


Program notes

Very beautiful printed catalogs as gift from Sotheby's

A gift of hand picked and arranged flower bouquet from SmiLin Flowers

Thanks to Sotheby's Associate Cataloguer Louise Lui 雷可欣, who organized the recital and introduced the performers.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Summer at Eastman - Music Without Borders

Ready for the performance

At the back stage stand by

The soloists 



On July, 17, 2019 I was invited by the Chinese Music Ensemble of Rochester to participate this Summer at Eastman Music Without Borders event. It was a wonderful experience. 

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Qin, Shakuhachi and Tea

七絃古琴在中國已有三千年以上的歷史, 自古就被列为中國十大修煉之首, 是古代文人修身養性不可或缺的樂器。古琴的三种音色,其泛音飄逸如天籟, 散音宏大渾厚, 按音細膩圓潤。彈琴與聽琴者, 都需心静气沉, 心靜則指下出清音,氣沉方得心之韵律。

尺八, 以竹根制作,中通無底 , 因一般吹奏的尺八其竹身長一尺八吋, 而名為尺八。尺八最早出现在隋唐的宮廷雅樂,於1300多年前東傳至日本。其音色蒼涼遼闊, 空靈恬靜, 也是修身養性的樂器之一。 

茶文化成於中國的唐朝, 所謂”不可一日無此君,” 乃道出茶早已成為中國人的國飲。煮茶與品茶,都要用心關照煮水的聲響,聞茶葉的芬香,品茶湯的清和, 是一種修身養性, 亦是中國人的十大修煉之一。古來琴茶為伴,品茶聽琴,兩種禪意,自然相融。一杯香茗,一曲清音,使身心靈舒暢。

Guqin, the seven string zither, also called the qin,  has existed in Chinese culture for 3000 years. Since ancient times, the qin has been listed as the first rank of the Chinese top ten cultivation practices. The qin became the favorite instrument of the literati class for meditation. There are three types of sound of the qin: the elegant harmonics sound as the sound from heaven; the immense and profound sound of the open string; and the exquisite and mellow sound of pressing. Both the player and listener will have to play and to listen with a calm mind and peaceful energy, so the fingers of the player will create pure sound while the heart of the listener will feel the rhythm and subtitle nuances. 

Shakuhachi is a bamboo flute, made from a bamboo root without opening end. It is named for its regular length of the flute which is about 1.8 feet long. Shakuhachi originally came from the Tang dynasty court music of China, and was introduced from China into Japan in the 7th century. Its sound is lofty, ethereal and meditative.

Chinese tea culture was established in the Tang dynasty. There was a saying : "one cannot live without this mister for a day" which pointed out that tea has become the national drink of China. While making tea and drinking tea, the tea master wants to fully concentrate to distinguish the timing of the boiling water, to smell the fragrance from the tea leaf, and to taste the pure and smooth flavor of the tea. That is why tea is also one of the top ten cultivation practices of the Chinese. 

There is a long history that playing qin and drinking tea accompany each other well, as they both share the same meditative idea naturally.  

Thanks to Hongmei inviting me and Glenn to this event on Sunday 16 June 2019 in Edison New Jersey. The qin had an opportunity to reunite with the shakuhachi after so many years.



演奏曲目 Performing pieces

According to Glenn, Kyorei could be the oldest piece of Shakuhachi.  Peiyou arranged the guqin part for the duet. 

Qin solo piece

Shakuhachi solo piece

The 2nd duet piece.


照片 Photos

Tuning 調音

Art Director: Hongmei 

The setting of slides for the music 

主持人 The host

主辦人 Mr. John Suduer

Peiyou plays the Qin Solo piece Shi Shang Liu Quan 石上流泉.

Shakuhachi Master Mr. Glenn Shouyuu Swann plays Kakumon 鶴門.

with the organizers  


I only had a chance to drink a cup of tea at the day. Luckily, I was really pleasant with that cup of Puer tea from Yunnan province China. No wonder they won the award. 

幸運的是當天僅有一次機會喝到一杯瀾滄的普洱茶, 茶香甘恬毫無苦味, 也不會讓我產生心悸, 胃也感覺很舒服, 我喜歡. 

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6/25/2019 Report from World Journal
The report has a mistake on the name of the qin as zheng.
但錯將琴當箏

6/21/2019 Report from 僑報, The China Press 



Monday, June 03, 2019

The 4th International On-line Guqin Yaji

Time: Sunday, June 2nd, 2019, 
2:00 - 4:00 pm USA Chicago Time
3:00 - 5:00 pm USA Eastern time
4:00 - 6:00 pm Brazilian Time
9:00 - 11:00 pm Austria, Belgium and Germany Time

Participants
Jo Matthies from Germany
Sebastian from Austria  
Xiaojie from Chicago
Victor and Andre from Brazil
Ralph from New Jersey, the US
Peiyou from New York, the US

Qin Playing


Jo - Xian Ong Cao (Melody of The Immortal) 仙翁操 ( Standard Of The Guqin 4th Edition)
Sebastian - Wild Geese Landing On A Sandy Shore 平沙落雁 (Wu Zhao-ji's version) 
Xiaojie - Wenjun Cao (Melody of Wenjun) 文君操 (1539)
Peiyou - Innocent Seagulls 鷗鷺忘機 (1721)
Victor - Shen Ren Chang (The Song of King Yao) 神人暢 
Andre - Parting at Yang Guan Gate 陽關三疊 (Guan Ping-hu's notation)
Ralph - Deer Call 鹿鳴 (1618)

Qin talk:

Jo  -  The making of his own qin. (20 min including Q&A)
Victor -  Discussion on how different table materials affects the qin's sound as well as how to properly microphone the Guqin. (20 min including Q&A)

Yaji Clips




Jo Plays Xian Ong Cao on the qin he made


We found that when listening to someone's playing, if all the listeners mute their mic, everyone can hear the qin sound better without hearing any noise from our surroundings.   

I have recorded the whole meeting with Skype. I will add more clips when I have more free time.

The 4th International On-line guqin yaji is so far the longest one. It took 2 and a half hours and we still have a lot to chat about. We will continue the great conversation at the next one. Thank you all for your participation. The next yaji will probably be on Sunday September the 8th.