Written on the Wind: Huang Ruo and Min Xiao-fen

Composer-Performers Huang Ruo and Min Xiao-fen Perform Live in The Greene Space

Friday, January 27, 2012

Watch the Archived Video Below

On Jan. 27 at 7 pm in The Greene Space, composer Huang Ruo joins WQXR host David Garland for "Written on the Wind" -- an evening of conversation and premiere performances from New York and China-based composers that explore how place and tradition shape a composer’s style. 

The evening includes music by New York composer/performers Min Xiao-Fen and Huang Ruo, Chen Xing-Ruo from Beijing, and Shen Ye from Shanghai, performed on traditional Chinese and western instruments.

The event will be broadcast live on 105.9 FM WQXR, streamed at Q2 Music and and available as a live video Webcast through the video player below.

Complete Program

Chen Xin-Ruo: Witch Dance
Ensemble FIRE
Vasko Dukovski, clarinet; Arash Amini, cello

Min Xiao-Fen: Dim Sum
Min Xiao-Fen, pipa, Nanyin pipa, child's pipa, sanxian, electronics and vocal
Satoshi Takeishi, percussion and electronics

Traditional (arr. Huang Ruo): "The Girl from Daban City"
Ensemble FIRE
Huang Ruo, vocal; Eviline Kuhn, flute; Vasko Dukovski, clarinet; Shelley Monroe Huang, bassoon; Fung Chern Hwei, violin; Arash Amini, cello; Min Xiao-Fen, pipa

Shen Ye: Folk Songs for Piano Trio
Ensemble FIRE
Stephen Buck, piano; Fung Chern Hwei, violin; Arash Amini, cello

Huang Ruo: Drama Theater II: Written on the Wind
Min Xiao-Fen, pipa and vocal

Hosted by:

David Garland


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Comments [5]

FCH from Queens

robin, how can it not be good? the world is getting smaller anyway, no art form is "pure" anymore, and most of the time it's because it's not "pure" that new and beautiful things keep turning up. what's more, they still with their own culture as the base of the composition, they're not trying to completely writing like westerners.

Jan. 28 2012 01:59 AM
burnett thompson from washington dc

A noteworthy concert, all the more remarkable to be broadcast live. Many thanks to WQXR, and of course to Huang Ruo, Min Xiao Fen and the others for a most singular event.

Jan. 27 2012 09:41 PM
John Tandana from Queens, NY

Xiao-Fen Min's performance was simply beautiful, dramatic and forceful,

Huang Ruo's compositions represent the new generation of fusion music,
like a bridge connecting East & West.

I enjoyed listening it so much.

Jan. 27 2012 08:38 PM
jean rinaldo from union city NJ

Wonderful programming and interesting/beautiful music and performances. I wish WQXR would make available
a tape or CD of the whole program so I could share it with my grand children and friends, many of which are
classical musicians. ( the friends, not the children... )


Jan. 27 2012 08:29 PM
robin from Greenwich Vollage

very brave and fearless performer. She reminds me of Meredith Monk. Wow so much change going on in China. But it looks like the people there are keeping up with it. Is that good? I'm not so sure. But the western influence is very prominent and refined.

Jan. 27 2012 08:27 PM

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