North American Guqin Association
Dear Qin Friends:
Summer is here! The North American Guqin Association (NAGA) is pleased to announce that on Sunday July 22th at 1:00pm, it will hold a yalon in the Japanese Garden in Hayward, CA.
A yalon 雅龙© (yaji+salon) is a mixed gathering of East and West, ancient and modern. It was conceived and created by NAGA’s director Wang Fei in October, 2010 and recently was introduced by the New York Times. Please click here to learn more about yalon.
According to ancient Chinese scholars, the guqin is not just a musical instrument but a lifestyle. It allows us to play
music, meet old and new friends, enjoy flowers and goldfish, recite poems, sing
opera, take photographs, discuss a variety of topics as well as share your
recent worldwide travel experiences and photos using modern and new technology
such as Ipad and Iphone in
a peaceful and beautiful Asian garden. Please see the past events we have held
in this Japanese garden at
NAGA director Wang Fei will share her recent trips, her experiences including lectures and performances in India and China, and will talk about how to bring the guqin, an ancient and traditional genre of music, onto the world musical stage and into modern life. She will also give an update on the current status of the qin and its market, and share a lot of amazing stories and photos of the places she visited and events she attended. She will also show the newest qins made by master Wang Peng and other qin makers in different styles, such as “banana leaf”.
NAGA recently established a new office in Beijing which will be devoted to international guqin cultural exchange and will introduce a guqin-themed hotel, restaurants, concert hall, theater, exhibitions, recording studio, qin making studio, qin classrooms with bilingual instruction, etc. Our 2012 international NAGA class + cultural tour will take place from October 18-25. If you are interested in experiencing such a special combination of classes and tours with a guqin theme, please come and discuss it with us.
Our NAGA intensive guqin class will start very soon. If there are any new qin friends who want to know more about the guqin or about the lessons, or who would like to meet qin friends or a teacher, you are most welcome to join us. Please see details of the classes at http://www.chineseculture.net/guqin/newsletters/12nagaevents/summerclass.html
Entry to the yalon is free and anybody with an interest in guqin is welcome. Bring your friends along too! Players of other instruments are especially welcome. We can do some experimentation and enjoy the summer together.
Since space is limited, please reserve your place at http://www.chineseculture.net/guqin/byajilist.html.
Time and date
Sunday, 1:00pm, July 22nd, 2012
Japanese Garden, City Center Drive, Hayward, CA 94541
Based on the traditional Chinese
scholar’s yaji (雅集 elegant
gathering) and the French artistic gatherings known as salons (沙龙), a yalon (雅龙)© is a novel and
artistic high society gathering, centering on the guqin,
attended by contemporary literati in homage to the ancient Chinese yaji of the Seven Sages of the Bamboo Grove and
hosted by intellectual women in their living rooms, as was done by George Sand
in her French salons and Lin Huiyin (林徽因) in her
The purpose of yalons is to provide an inspirational platform for artists to collaborate across cultures and across art forms; to encourage artists to create new works; to introduce a new lifestyle in which a person can be not just materially wealthy but also spiritually rich. We hope today’s NAGA yalons starting in China will be a spark that can light a prairie fire to revive Chinese high culture, now that its economy has become so successful.
The North American Guqin Association (NAGA) is a nonprofit cultural arts organization dedicated to the public presentation and preservation of the art of the guqin, spreading community appreciation of Chinese culture through the traditional art of the guqin and building a bridge for cultural exchange and mutual understanding between the Chinese and American communities. NAGA offers guqin classes, performances, recordings, workshops etc.
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