Cold Fairyland in Europe!!!

Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, the Netherlands

As a follow-up of the hugely successful Amsterdam China Festival which took place in October last year, the newly built, prestigeous concert hall Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ has taken the initiative to host a regular series of Chinese concerts on a yearly basis. For the artistic contents of these concerts the Muziekgebouw closely cooperates with the European Foundation for Chinese Music Research, CHIME. As a consequence, some of China’s greatest musicians will feature in this wonderful hall in the upcoming months.

A brief overview of the four concerts scheduled for this season:

Wednesday, 6 December 2006, 20:30: Gong Linna and Ensemble.
One of China’s most unconventional, classically trained vocalists. She sounds raw, refined, Eastern, Western, folky, aristocratic. With her encapturing voice she knows how to blend traditional and new, East and West, folk and art-music into a convincing whole. In this concert, she will be accompanied by five enticing Chinese instrumentalists. Her performance will include many new compositions by Robert Zollitsch.
(For more information on Gong Linna, see

Wednesday 31 January 2007, 20:30: Chinese Bards
The sophisticated, humorous dialogues of Suzhou Tanci masters Sheng Xiaoyun and Jin Lisheng, the unrepeatable tongue-twisters of kuaban ‘rapper’ Wang Yan, combined with the warm-blooded folk-pop sounds of the Shanghainese band Cold Fairyland.
(For more info on Cold Fairyland, see and

Wednesday 28 March 2007, 20:30: Speaking in Tongues
One of the most distinguished pipa players of this day, Gao Hong (USA) cooperates in this concert with multi-instrumentalist and composer Sowah Mensah (Ghana), percussionist Marc Anderson, and basguitarist Enrique Tuossaint. Coming from totally different musical environments, they create an intrigueing combination of tradition, folk, and jazz.
(For more info, see

Monday 23 April 2007, 20:30: Three Masters on Chinese Strings
Three traditional masters of respectable age: Yang Xiuming (zheng) Lin Youren (guqin) and Li Guangzu (pipa. Original, meditative, introvert, explosive. Don’t miss this golden chance: these are the veritable Last of the Mohikans.

Price: EUR 20 per concert. EUR 64 for the whole series.
If you contact CHIME, you may be able to get considerable discount on the ticket price.

Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, Piet Heinkade 1, Amserdam
Tel: +31.(0)20 – 788 2000 (mo to sat: 12:00 – 19:00)

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