Wu Wei

Notes from the Composer

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Wu Wei

Bawu Dance for bawu, cello and percussion

Wu Wei – bawu, Sebastian Hilken – cello, Ulrich Moritz – percussion

Yunnan Province lies in the Southwest of China. It is widely known for its magnificent landscapes and enchanting natural scenery. This piece is called Impression of Yunnan

Magic Mask for sheng and Percussion

Performed by Wu Wei - sheng, Ulrich Moritz - Percussion

Mysterious mask, terrifyingly beautiful. Enigmatic deception. Strange, fascinating rituals. The ego is hiding, allowing demons to rule. The mask allows us to cross borders. A new personality appears. Or is only a part of us made visible?

Our magic mask is the music. Playing music together, especially while improvising, we fly to strange worlds. We reach landscapes, stories, moods that we have hardly known before. The music touches us and changes us. It leads us on adventures with uncertain endings. But we are curious, our curiosity is insatiable. And we can rely on each other, for we have gotten to know each other by now. We love to surprise each other, to challenge each other. And we know that we both are a bit reckless. But sometimes we sense where it is taking us. And how we get there.

The listener can experience our endeavors in new musical narrative forms with unheard-of sounds and structures. Doing that, neither our spirit of discovery nor our sense of humor has left us—contrary to some around us—nor has the serious conviction that our music is a message of freedom and creative humanity.  

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Comments [3]

Bawu Dance for bawu, cello and percussion is rather cool in its way and I wouldn't mind having a recording of it.

As pleasant as it is and as much as I like it, it is not as detailed or as developed as I would like. Still, an engaging and pleasant work.

Jun. 28 2010 06:15 PM
Amy Kirsten from New Haven

Just listened to Magic Mask - I have never heard anything like this before - it is REALLY cool and thoroughly engaging. Looking forward to hearing more!

Jun. 22 2010 09:19 AM
Lu from New York

This music touched my heart. Hope to hear more from you.

Jun. 20 2010 11:49 AM

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