Listen: Tan Dun and Friends 'From China to New York' in Music and Conversation

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Chen Yi at "From China to America" at New York HIstorical Society on Jan. 10, 2014

On Jan. 10, Grammy Award-winning composer Tan Dun hosted an evening of music and conversation with fellow noted Chinese-American composers Chou Wen-chung, Chen Yi and Zhou Long from the New York Historical Society.

The event entitled "From China to America: A Musical Journey with Tan Dun and Guests" focused on the personal narratives of the four celebrated artists, and the nature of the immigrant experience as part of the Historical Society's "Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion" series. 

The evening was also a tribute to Chou Wen-chung who is most known in the West arguably as a composer who also served as the longtime assistant and confidant of Edgard Varèse. During his tenure at Columbia University, Chou was instrumental in allowing many prominent Chinese composers to come to the U.S. to study, including Bright Sheng, Gen Gan-ru and the three composers who shared the stage on this night. 

Musicians included cellist Maya Beiser performing the world premiere of Feige by Tan Dun as well as The Tree of Sound from the composer's large multimedia work The Map; the Ying Quartet performing Zhou Long's Song of the Ch'in and Chen Yi's Shuo, and Talujon Percussion Quartet performing Chou Wen-chung's Echoes from the Gorge

Program:

Chou Wen-chung - Echoes from the Gorge

Zhou Long - Song of the Ch'in

Chen Yi - Shuo

Tan Dun - Feige

Tan Dun - Tree of Sound

Enjoy a slideshow from the evening:

Ying Quartet at "From China to America" at New York HIstorical Society on Jan. 10, 2014
Ying Quartet at "From China to America" at New York HIstorical Society on Jan. 10, 2014 ( Howard Heyman )
Chou Wen-chung at "From China to America" at New York HIstorical Society on Jan. 10, 2014
Chou Wen-chung at "From China to America" at New York HIstorical Society on Jan. 10, 2014 ( Howard Heyman )
"From China to America" at New York HIstorical Society on Jan. 10, 2014
"From China to America" at New York HIstorical Society on Jan. 10, 2014 ( Howard Heyman )
Maya Beiser at "From China to America" at New York HIstorical Society on Jan. 10, 2014
Maya Beiser at "From China to America" at New York HIstorical Society on Jan. 10, 2014 ( Howard Heyman )
Talujon Percussion Quartet at "From China to America" at New York HIstorical Society on Jan. 10, 2014
Talujon Percussion Quartet at "From China to America" at New York HIstorical Society on Jan. 10, 2014 ( Howard Heyman )
Tan Dun, Chen Yi, Zhou Long and Chou Wen-chung (from left to right) at "From China to America" at New York HIstorical Society on Jan. 10, 2014
Tan Dun, Chen Yi, Zhou Long and Chou Wen-chung (from left to right) at "From China to America" at New York HIstorical Society on Jan. 10, 2014 ( Howard Heyman )
Chen Yi at "From China to America" at New York HIstorical Society on Jan. 10, 2014
Chen Yi at "From China to America" at New York HIstorical Society on Jan. 10, 2014 ( Howard Heyman )
Talujon Percussion Quartet at "From China to America" at New York HIstorical Society on Jan. 10, 2014
Talujon Percussion Quartet at "From China to America" at New York HIstorical Society on Jan. 10, 2014 ( Howard Heyman )
Maya Beiser at "From China to America" at New York HIstorical Society on Jan. 10, 2014
Maya Beiser at "From China to America" at New York HIstorical Society on Jan. 10, 2014 ( Howard Heyman )
Tan Dun hosting "From China to America" at New York HIstorical Society on Jan. 10, 2014
Tan Dun hosting "From China to America" at New York HIstorical Society on Jan. 10, 2014 ( Howard Heyman )
Chou Wen-chung at "From China to America" at New York HIstorical Society on Jan. 10, 2014
Chou Wen-chung at "From China to America" at New York HIstorical Society on Jan. 10, 2014 ( Howard Heyman )
Zhou Long at "From China to America" at New York HIstorical Society on Jan. 10, 2014
Zhou Long at "From China to America" at New York HIstorical Society on Jan. 10, 2014 ( Howard Heyman )
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