North American Guqin Association
NAGA Guqin Events for January, 2013
Yalon with world renowned guqin musician Zhao Jiazhen (赵家珍)
NAGA is pleased to announce that on Thursday January 24th, the North American Guqin Association will hold a yalon in Union City, 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 2010.
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 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 literary salons.
The theme of this upcoming yalon is the situation of the guqin and other traditional art forms in a modern and globalized environment. NAGA director Wang Fei will introduce the following friends and programs:
1. World renowned guqin master Zhao Jiazhen and some of her students, young guqin stars, are visiting NAGA from China and will give us a fantastic performance and lecture so you will know the current situation of guqin in China. This is a wonderful opportunity to experience a live performance by a world master face to face in a very intimate environment, which is very different from being in a concert hall or listening to a CD.
2. In recent years, Wang Fei has been dedicated to creating new guqin works and collaborating with musicians from different countries and musical traditions. Wang Fei will introduce her new multidisciplinary music project “Bodhidharma Ensemble”, which combines Indian classical music with Chinese music traditions; it is tentatively scheduled to premiere at OACC’s month-long Asian Pacific American Heritage Festival in May 2013. She and one of her collaborators, Prasant Radhakrishnan, a versatile Indian saxophonist, will give a work in progress. This project will be her second project relating to India. Her work “When Rabindranath Thakur meets the guqin” was premiered at the 3rd International Ancient Arts Festival in India in 2012, and combined the music of India, China and Iran.
Times and dates
The event is free of charge, RSVP here. However due to the very limited space we can accommodate very few people. We will give priority to the following:
1. Students who are interested in enrolling for the 2013 NAGA guqin class. http://www.chineseculture.net/guqin/newsletters/13nagaevents/5weeksclass.html
Please fill the registration form at http://www.chineseculture.net/guqin/newsletters/13nagaevents/13nagaclassregisterform.docand send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Bring your payment to the yalon and meet the teacher Wang Fei in person.
2. Professional musicians who are interested in future collaborations. Please send your web site URL or bio
3. NAGA board members and volunteers (We are now recruiting volunteers for the roles of photographer, translator, grant writer and marketing specialist).
4. Donors. Here are some suggestions for amounts and levels of benefit:
We appreciate any donation, however large or small, from the bottom of our hearts. A small donation can light a candle for the spread of the guqin’s unique music around the world. Larger donations can help with the cost of projects, productions and future events, such as inviting major artists,.
NAGA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All contributions are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law. Tax ID: 205263250
Please make donations online at https://www.networkforgood.org/donation/MakeDonation.aspx?ORGID2=20-5263250&source=GS&cmpgn=DNT&vlrStratCode=dBRcVS99m%2fW7XVFSCWjyO6lrXRwZ5aHdh9GPUfUyECTnmXz0gv%2fz5NNyYpnWJOWX
Or send to: North American Guqin Association, PO BOX 232, Fremont, CA 94537-0232
Union City, CA. Address will be announced after your place is confirmed. Accessible by public transportation.
Winter it may be, and cold outside, but stay indoors with family and friends; play or listen to music by masters; recite a few favorite poems, and have intellectual conversations that might warm your heart…
More about yalon
NAGA’s ground-breaking yalons (雅龙)© were successfully premiered in October 2010 in a Beijing courtyard house where renowned Chinese opera master Mei Lanfang (梅兰芳) used to reside. NAGA has held many yalons in both China and the US. Attendees have included musicians, scholars, writers, filmmakers, poets, doctors, public officials, publishers, investors, diplomats and young urban professionals from both the US and China. Among them were guqin master Li Xiangting and guzheng master Yin Qiyin. Attendees enjoyed and appreciated music from famous guqin pieces to improvisations, poetry recitals and improvisational writing with guqin improvisation, while tasting fine wines and aged Puer black tea, wore hanfu, played impromptu childhood games and discussed various artistic topics as well as modern marvels such as the iPad and iPhone.
About the guest artists
Zhao Jiazhen is a professor at the Central Conservatory Music of China and is one of the most active guqin performers on the world stage. She studied guqin under grand masters Wu Jinglue and Zhang Ziqian as well as masters Gong Yi and Wu Wenguan.
Zhao has toured the US, Germany, France, Italy, Austria and Japan, and has appeared as soloist with many orchestras, including the Chinese Symphony Orchestra, the Brussels Symphony Orchestra of Belgium, and the National Orchestra of Taipei City. In 2001 and 2002 she played in the “World Renowned Musicians and Instruments” concert at the Forbidden City in Beijing.
Professor Zhao has performed for President Obama and appeared in concert at Carnegie Hall in New York in 2009.
Professor Zhao’s music has featured in many movies, including “Red Cliff” and “Dream of the Red Chamber”. She has produced numerous guqin CDs and DVDs. Her guqin album ”Qin – Zhao Jiazhen” won her the Independent Music Award in 2011.
The New York Times has been quoted as commenting, “Zhao is a world class performer!”
During the many years of Zhao’s teaching career she has trained numerous students who have won prizes in various competitions.
Please see this video of Professor Zhao’s performance at a NAGA yalon in February 2012, of a new guqin piece 春风 (Spring Breeze)
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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