Due East: Music by Lei Liang, Chen Yi and Tigran Mansuryan

Asian Folk Traditions in the Works of Exciting New-Music Composers

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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Wu Man Wu Man (RShinozaki/flickr)

This week on Cued Up, we sample works that embody the sounds of Eastern Europe, India and Asia from a bevy of in-concert recordings of music by Chen Yi, Tigran Mansuryan, Evan Ziporyn, Lei Liang and more.

For many composers, blending folk music of their native countries and the Western Classical tradition has offered listeners a fresh perspective on the cultural influences possible in new-music. Chinese-born composer Chen Yi grew up learning the music of Bach and Mozart, but during the Cultural Revolution of the 1960's and 70's, authorities confiscated her instruments and prohibited composers from studying the arts of the western world. During that time Chen worked in the countryside, and it was there that she cultivated a deep appreciation for her homeland's folk music. After immigrating to the United States, Chen continues to employ folk music traditions in her compositions; we hear her Romance and Dance from a live recording at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

We'll also hear other artists that share the same appreciation for their native lands. Lei Liang incorporates Mongolian chant into his work Verge, using a haunting melody which he heard as a child. Pipa virtuoso Wu Man performs her Night Thoughts, and Brooklyn Rider teams up with Wu Man and tabla guru Sandeep Das for American composer Evan Ziporyn's take on Asian traditions in his work Sulvasutra.

Hosted by:

Brandon Patrick George

Comments [3]


What facinating music, not to mention the great work by the host Brandon George.

Nov. 17 2011 08:46 AM
Mr. Tremolo from Manhattan

Wonderful show! Brandon George, I hope to hear more from you on Q2.

Nov. 14 2011 05:59 PM

Wow! Wonderful show! I love it. Keep 'em coming!

Nov. 13 2011 02:26 PM

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