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January 28, 2014

Dao to Now: Traditional and Contemporary Music for Asian Instruments

Date: Saturday, February 01, 2014
Time: 7- 9 pm
Location: Rackham Auditorium (1st Floor), 915 E. Washington St.

Celebrating the Chinese New Year of the Horse, the Confucius Institute at U-M hosts a music concert on February 1, 2014. The traditional and contemporary music will be performed by Mei Han, a groundbreaking virtuoso of the Chinese Zheng and Randy Raine-Reusch, a renowned multi-instrumentalist.

Biographies

Mei Han 韓梅
Mei Han is a groundbreaking virtuoso propelling the Chinese zheng into radical new dimensions of musical expression. She is a consummate performer, appeared with leading artists around the world in a multitude of musical genres from symphonic and New Music to traditional and World music, or from Creative Improvisation to electronic. Her performances have been broadcast nationally in China, Germany, Australia, and Canada, and are included in two Juno nominated CDs. Mei Han is a rare blend of virtuoso performer and scholar. She studied with China’s top zheng masters, and was a featured soloist for over ten years with the prestigious Zhanyou Ensemble. She received her Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from University of British Columbia. Mei wrote the zheng entry for the New Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments, and the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. Her career spans five continents with lectures and tours throughout Asia, Australia, Europe, Africa and North America. Mei currently is a visiting Assistant Professor at Kenyon College.

Randy Raine-Reusch 雨葦
Randy Raine-Reusch is an extreme multi-instrumentalist drawing from his collection of 700 rare and unique world instruments. A pioneer in jazz, New Music and World Music, for over 35 years Raine-Reusch has unapologetically challenged social conventions and extended the boundaries of music. Raine-Reusch has recorded and/or performed with Symphony Orchestras; rock artists Aerosmith, Yes, The Cranberries; and numerous prominent artists in the New Music, jazz and World Music fields. Raine-Reusch has recorded on two Juno nominated, and one Grammy Award winning CD. Raine-Reusch has toured internationally to many prestigious festival and events, including two WOMAD festivals and three World Expos, on tours to Australia, Germany, Spain, Czech Republic, South Africa, China, India, Korea, Japan, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia and the Philippines.

Posted by zzhu at January 28, 2014 01:36 PM