Lan Tung - erhu solo, composer; Jonathan Bernard - vibraphone solo; Turning Point Ensemble conducted by Owen Underhill
Inspired by Ba Ban or Eight Phrases, the root of hundreds of pieces in traditional Chinese repertoire, this original work written for improvising musicians explores the contrasts between tonalities and genres. It embodies the paradox of many opposite characters: chromatic and pentatonic passages, composed and improvised materials, contemporary and traditional forms, with sudden shifts between surreal or mysterious quality and an exciting fast 3+2+3 rhythmic cycle. Ba Ban Variations was premiered by the Vancouver Creative Music Institute at 2009 Vancouver International Jazz Festival, and has since then been performed by a number of ensembles. It is released by Birds of Paradox on its 2009 debut CD.

董籃作曲、二胡獨奏,加拿大「轉捩點現代樂團」伴奏,
lantungmusic.com; orchidensemble.com
《八板變奏曲》繼承中國音樂傳統,將「八板」樂句加以發展,但以爵士風格展現。此曲融合了許多看似矛盾的元素:半音階結合五聲音階,依譜演繹對比即興發揮,中國傳統結構對比西方現代手法,神密超現實色彩反差熱烈的快節奏。

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