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New take on traditional sounds

By Zhang Kun | China Daily | Updated: 2018-03-15 08:16

Performers demonstrate a section from The Tune of Water at a press preview of the debut edition of SCH Music Infiniti Series.[Photo provided to China Daily]

"There, you will hear melodies rooted in or related to different parts of China, from the west to the east, till it comes to a climax when the journey ends in Shanghai."

In 2016, Hu did his first collaboration involving modern electronic music when the Shanghai Chinese Orchestra produced the New Oriental concert.

One of the programs in the concert featured Hu with his suona battling modern electronic instruments.

"It (the piece) was quite successful, and I was encouraged. I thought maybe I could create a full-length concert."

Meanwhile, the second show in the Music Infiniti series this year will be a music and dance theater production on March 23.

The show called The Tune of Water, featuring a unique music form called shui qiang, will be directed by Peng Zhang, a choreographer and artist from Hunan province.

Speaking about the music, Peng, who used to see people singing and dancing at various ceremonies in the countryside where he was raised, says:"Everybody could sing and dance, like it was a part of our lives."

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