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.
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》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。