Silk and Bamboo Ensemble – Traditional Chinese Music (Arc Music, 2008)
Chen Dacan’s Chinese Ensemble – Classical Chinese Folk Music, featuring the Chinese flute (Arc Music EUCD2193, 2009)
Two recordings on the ARC Music label provide a fascinating view of Chinese traditional music made by Chinese expatriates. Silk and Bamboo Ensemble presents a collection of traditional, regional and contemporary ensemble and solo pieces titled Traditional Chinese Music. The Silk and Bamboo Ensemble, based in London, UK, is a group of virtuoso, classically trained musicians led by pipa and guqin player Cheng Yu.
The Silk and Bamboo Ensemble includes Chen Dacan, former erhu professor at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and expert on the Daoist religion and its music. He plays erhu, gaohu, jinghu fiddles; Cheng Yu on pipa and zhongruan lutes; Hu Bin on erhu; Hu Ruijun on dizi and xiao bamboo flutes; Li Ming on yangqin dulcimer; Liu Haishuo on ban and gu percussion; and Liu Xiaohu on sheng mouth organ.
Chen Dacan has a separate project called Chen Dacan’s Chinese Ensemble. The latest recording is titled Classical Chinese Folk Music, featuring the Chinese flute (2009). The ensemble includes flute soloist Li He from Beijing, Chen Dacan on erhu and Zhao Zhenren on yangqin and percussion.
Both albums include detailed liner notes in English, Spanish and German with information about the musicians, musical instruments and their music.
Buy the recordings:
- In North America: Traditional Chinese Ensemble, Classical Chinese Folk Music
- In Europe:Traditional Chinese Music, Classical Chinese Folk Music
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.