26 Nov 2020

Composer Gao Ping's China Crossing

From Upbeat, 12:38 pm on 26 November 2020

Gao Ping is a Chinese-born composer and pianist with very strong links to New Zealand, having taught here for several years. His music brings together Eastern and Western musical traditions, and has a world-wide reach.

Gao Ping

Gao Ping Photo: Supplied

Tonight the New Zealand School of Music—Te Kōkī (NZSM) presents two of Gao Ping's most recent works.

China Crossing IV  features the premiere of a new work for pre-recorded pipa and live pianist, to be played by Lan Weiwei and Jian Liu.

There will also be a performance of Gao Ping’s Bitter Cold Night, written by Gao Ping in tribute to Dr Li, the Wuhan ophthalmologist who first raised the alarm over the corona virus and who subsequently died from the disease. 

As well as the performance of Gao’s works, the concert will see Te Kōkī Trio present a number of colourful folk tunes from ‘Chinese Sights and Sounds’ by Bao Yuankai, arranged by SOUNZ Contemporary Award-winning composer Associate Professor Norris.

Gao Ping talks about these works to Upbeat from Beijing.

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