Artist Talk: Beyond East and West

Join three of the world’s foremost border- and boundary-crossers for a discussion on working across genres and cultures, bridging east and west, and opening a truly global dialogue through music. Dave Liang (Shanghai Restoration Project) has worked with traditional American and Chinese musicians, Japanese pop singers, rappers, Chinese animators and more; while Wu Man and Haruka Fujii count Philip Glass, Tan Dun, Kronos Quartet, Yo-Yo Ma and others as collaborators in their quests to bridge east and west, classical and contemporary and more.

Everyone: FREE

Friday, July 11, 2014
7:00PM – 7:45PM
Zone 6
235 Queens Quay West, Toronto Ontario

Wu Man
Chinese-born, California-based, Grammy-nominated pipa virtuoso Wu Man is the world’s premier pipa player and leading ambassador of Chinese music. Accepted into the Central Conservatory of Music of Beijing at age 13, she was hailed in the national media as a child prodigy, and received the Conservatory’s first pipa master’s degree. Moving to the US in 1990, she has since been committed to bridging the musics of her native and adopted-home countries, and was the first Chinese musician to perform in the White House. As a member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble – and of its leadership team – and in collaboration with musicians and groups including Philip Glass, the Kronos Quartet and Tan Dun, she not only bridges East and West, but classical and contemporary music, taking both in new directions.

Haruka Fujii
Japanese-born and current Toronto resident multi-percussionist Haruka Fujii has become one of the most prominent solo percussionists and marimbists of her generation. She has won international acclaim for her interpretations of contemporary music, having performed premieres of works from composers including Franghis Ali-Zadeh, Akira Miyoshi, and Maki Ishii, while frequently collaborating with Chinese composer Tan Dun. She is also a member of Yo-Yo Ma’s renowned Silk Road Ensemble.

Dave Liang
Dave Liang (keyboard, vocals) is the Emmy-winning creator and producer of the Shanghai Restoration Project. His music has reached the top of the electronic charts and can often be heard in television shows, tastemaker radio programs, and advertising campaigns around the world. His projects have received coverage in The New York Times, NPR’s All Things Considered, BBC, and The Wall Street Journal. He has performed across the US and Asia at events and venues including the Sundance Film Festival, MASS MoCA, The Viper Room, the Hong Kong New Vision Festival and more. In addition to his production work for artists on his own label, Undercover Culture Music, Liang has also worked with artists on Bad Boy, Warner, Yamaha, and Universal.