Chinese Music, Tradition and Innovation

Chinese Music, Tradition and Innovation
#Exhibitions

In October of 2019, in a traditional garden near the Forbidden City, 39 musicians played, immersed in a landscape made up of “scholar’s rocks” and plants. Representatives of Chinese classical music and folk music alternated with veterans of Beijing’s rock scene, using traditional instruments to play contemporary music, or computers and electronic components to create their own personal sonic landscapes. Over the course of eight days, each musician was filmed and recorded by Colin Siyuan Chinnery - multifaceted personality of the Chinese artistic scene - who then brought this highly diversified gathering of sounds together, transforming it into a four-channel video installation on display at the How Art Museum. Unintentional and unexpected musical exchanges intertwine in a knowing sonic dialogue in which diverse styles, cultures and epochs meet, challenging conventions. The music becomes narrative and each musician contributes unwittingly to the plot of a story, allowing apparently irreconcilable worlds to co-exist.
Manuela Lietti - © 2021 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Shanghai