Archaeological digs have uncovered globular clay vessel flutes ( (“Classic of History”), with its mixture of documents and forgeries, contain many references to the use of music, particularly at court activities.There are occasional comments about the singing of peasant groups, which is an item that is rare even in the early historical materials of Europe. Their great variety of topics (love, ritual, political satire, etc.) reflect a viable vocal musical tradition quite understandable to contemporary audiences.This concert was recorded on the Freer Gallery’s plaza, facing the National Mall, in conjunction with the exhibition Encompassing the Globe: Portugal and the World in the 16th and 17th Centuries.
Performing in this debut are Sandeep Das on tabla (Indian drums), Kojiro Umezaki on shakuhachi (Japanese flute), Shaw Pong Liu on violin and erhu (Chinese fiddle), Wu Tong on vocals and sheng (Chinese mouth organ), Jeffrey Beecher on bass, and Shane Shanahan on percussion.
The Grammy Award-winning Silkroad Ensemble gives the world premiere of a major new composition that Silkroad musicians, inspired by works of art on view in the galleries, wrote for the Freer|Sackler.
Performing in this debut are Sandeep Das on Hear Buddhist music from seventeenth-century China as the Zhihua Buddhist Temple Ensemble performs on traditional ritual instruments.
This six-person group features two members of the twenty-seventh generation of Zhihua musicians, a long-time artist with the Shanghai Peking Opera House Orchestra, and a former member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silkroad Ensemble.
By imitating the sound of the bird, Huangdi made possible the creation of music properly pitched to harmonize his rulership with the universe.
Even this symbolic birth of music dates far too late to aid in discovering the melodies and instrumental sounds accompanying the rituals and burials that occurred before the first historically verified dynasty, the Shang ().East meets West in live music, dance, and theater performances from across Asia.Experience classical and contemporary forms through formal concerts in the Meyer Auditorium and intimate presentations alongside exhibitions.Masayo Ishigure can be heard on the Golden Globe-winning soundtrack to the feature film , guitarist Michael Gilsinan, and percussionist Manny Arciniega join ensemble director Masayo Ishigure for this concert.Masayo Ishigure can be heard on the Golden Globe-winning soundtrack to the feature film The Grammy Award-winning Silkroad Ensemble gives the world premiere of a major new composition that Silkroad musicians, inspired by works of art on view in the galleries, wrote for the Freer|Sackler.Indeed, cultures from Central and West Asia or tribal China greatly influenced the growth and change of music in imperial China.