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Autumn Cloud-Journey with Her Pipa 琵琶行

by Silk Road Music

Focuses on innovative compositions for the Pipa (Chinese lute). From traditional Chinese to a Celtic reel and Brazilian Baiao; from a folk song to a contemporary classic; from a Spanish guitar piece to a flamenco rumba and a Pipa concerto. 加拿大新琵琶曲作品集.
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1. Entre Lagos e Montanhas 山水之间
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2. Way In 入
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3. Han Ya Xi Shui 寒鸦戏水
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4. Fire!Fire!Fire! 火!火!火!
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5. Lakota's Lament & Junky Reel 印地安人的歌和帆船舞
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6. Sparkling Dew 闪亮的水滴
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7. Blues for Pipa 蓝色琵琶
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8. Canarios 吉它曲
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9. Thirty Miles 三十里铺
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10. Rumba Calabria 荣巴咖啡店
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11. Snake Pit 戏蛇曲
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12. ..Of wind and water 风与水
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Autumn Cloud- journey with her Pipa

Silk Road Music's new CD that focuses on innovative compositions for the Pipa (Chinese lute) that reflect the vast musical experience founder Qiu Xia He has gathered in Canada and in her travels. As a musician, Qiu Xia has developed a unique style that combines traditional techniques, Western harmony and a great understanding of world folklore that she has gained in a lifetime of playing music. The CD project seeks to extend the language of the Pipa and provide a refreshing look at this extremely versatile instrument.

Instrumentation:
Pipa, vocal by Qiu xia He
Guitar, Oud, Flutes by Andre Thibault
Guitar, percussion by Celso Machado
Ruan by Zhimin Yu
Erhu by Jun Rong
Tabla by Stefan Cihelka
Bohuslav Martinu Philhoarmonic Orchestra

The material recorded on this CD reflects those experiences and speaks those languages: from traditional Chinese to a Celtic reel; from a folk song to a contemporary classic; from a Spanish guitar piece to a flamenco rumba; add a Brazilian baiao, a modern blues and a Pipa concerto.This musical journey includes some compositions by their friends as well as many pieces written by themselves. Like their live performances, this album offers music from around the world which they love to play.

Autumn Cloud is Silk Road Music’s 3rd recording. They are a professional Chinese ensemble that has been touring and recording since 1991. It has a consistently successful rapport with audiences and their last two CDs have won Best World Music Album at the West Coast Music Awards. Their debut CD, Endless, was also nominated for a JUNO. This Autumn Cloud CD was nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award for" Best Ensemble" and "Pushing Boundaries".

"...While cross-cultural fusion is currently trendy, poor musicianship is often its sloppy hallmark. That is not the case here. Qui Xia's own rigorous training results here in flawless execution...

Spare and restrained framework keep it from sounding chaotic, however. The result is lovely, a must for Chinese-music fans..."

By Shawna Biamonte
Penguin and Eggs

琵琶行
  是继【丝绸之路中乐团】《天涯》和《乡音》两张唱片后,又一集中表现在加拿大所积累的新的琵琶曲作品。正像白居易《琵琶行》中的演奏者,“低眉信手续续弹,说尽心中无限事。
  
《琵琶行》的曲目选择意在展示中国琵琶与世界各类音乐形式的结合与其多姿多彩的艺术效果:从中国的寒鸦戏水到印度的它布啦鼓;从爱尔兰轻快的舞步到现代音乐创作的奇妙;从巴西和西班牙人热情的节奏到北美直率流畅的蓝色音乐(Blues); 加之琵琶与管弦乐队, 中西相连,古今相应, 衷心的希望这张唱片能够为你提供一个小小的世界音乐窗口。

丝绸之路中乐团是一个活跃在北美主流社会中的中国专业音乐团体。自从1991年在加拿大温哥华成立后,乐团走遍了加拿大所有的主要城市,在众多的艺术节和音乐会中受到世界各地观众的赞扬。丝绸之路中乐团以其独特的艺术风格和精彩的表演技巧,为中国音乐的普及和弘扬搭起了一座坚实的桥梁。

丝绸之路中乐团除在加拿大完成了近千场音乐会外,并且应英国BBC电台和法国南部艺术节特约,前往欧洲录制了实况音乐会和巡回演出。在美国为肯德基南部艺术节,纽约艺术展览会,费城博物馆和其它众多城市举办数场音乐会。其乐团琵琶演奏家何秋霞曾与许多世界著名音乐家合作,并被加拿大温哥华交响乐团和美国科雷社交响乐团邀请做独奏演员。2006年5月,丝绸之路中乐团被特约与加拿大卡城交响乐团合作举办了专场的音乐会。

在北美的艺术界,丝绸之路中乐团以其多姿多彩的音乐风格和精心设计的中西合作形式,嬴得了社会的高度评价。乐团的CD“天涯”和“乡音”先后两次被选为加拿大西部最佳世界音乐唱片。其中“天涯”又被提名于加拿大最高朱诺奖。这是加拿大中国移民历史上从未有过的一例。2006年1月,乐团的第三盘CD“琵琶行”在全加拿大隆重发行,深受广大听众的欢迎,曾在CBC国家电台反复播出, 在加拿大民族音乐奖中被提名为“最佳乐团”和“冲破界线”。


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By Shawna Biamonte

Penguin Eggs Gives Autumn Cloud a Rave Review
While cross-cultural fusion is currently trendy, poor musicianship is often its sloppy hallmark. That is not the case here. Qui Xia's own rigorous training results here in flawless execution, and she's got some great musicians backing her, including Celso Machado and Andre Thibault. They skip along musical styles, from Flamenco, to Indian, Western classical and Celtic reels.

Spare and restrained framework keep it from sounding chaotic, however. The result is lovely, a must for Chinese-music fans.

By Shawna Biamonte

Kaz Mitchell, Joy 94.9, Melbourne, Australia

"throw in a bit of world music"
I will definitely be playing it on the radio. The show featurers independent women's music of all genres, and I like to throw in a bit of world music from different cultures. You play beautifully.

Alexander Varty, Georgia straight,Vancouver BC

By combining genres, Qiu xia He comes up with music that’s all her own.
Music Reviews, June 2006
Should you desire a quick trip to Bombay, Silk Road Music’s Qiu Xia He has just the ticket. If Rio’s your preferred destination, she can get you there. Guangzhou, of course, is no problem.

The Silk Road Music founder is a fearless traveller, and that’s amply
reflected on her new CD, Autumn Cloud: Journey With Her Pipa.

Rene Meister/ Zurich - CH

Your pipa is adding a new dimension to the different music stiles.
I happened upon your CD while searching for chinese music for pipa, guzheng and erhu. The combination of pipa with latin music got me interested.
I enjoy your music very much, tracks 3 6 8 10 and 12 are my favorites. The sound of your pipa is adding a new dimension to the different music stiles." Canarios" for instance sounds as if it should have been written for this exact combination of instruments.

David Erickson

This CD will give me many hours of pleasure.
I am very impressed and you and your Chinese instrumentalists are enriching Canadian culture greatly as well as honouring with your music your own home country. And if I am not being too "forward" myself, you are all wonderful Canadians. We say music from China, from Thailand, from Turkey, from Africa, from Indonesia, et cetera, but I feel that all this music culturally belongs to the entire world - it is all part of our own true humanity, for we are all one people and one family

Having said that, I have heard Autumn Cloud through and it is wonderful - everything I expected. The musicianship is superb, some of the compositions daring as well as exciting and all interesting, with some adaptation of Celtic and Latin American rhythms as well as a section or movement from Rodrigo's Concierto des Aranjuez (sp?). I like the combination of Chinese and Indian and Western instruments all of which blend well. The album is also tasteful. What you do with the pipa in a modern sense shows how versatile this intrument really is. My only reservation is with the 12th track " . . . of wind and water" for pipa and orchestra which was recorded in Europe in 1997. I feel that the pipa here is too forward, too pronounced, and the orchestra (which I think is meant to play lighter and perhaps gently) not present enough. I suppose it is a matter of balance. But it is a virtuoso performance and the conductor and orchestra are sensitive and sympathetic.

The booklet is excellent in both design, information on the instruments as well as pictures of them and of all of you that currently make up Silk Road Music. I like very much the English and the Chinese languages beside each other.

This CD will give me many hours of pleasure. I am always struck by the immediacy of music and much of all the arts throughout the world because they, and particularly music, inherently implie unity in diversity, harmony, peace, stillness, and is very close to the spirit of the Ti Chi and the Tao.