Similar Roots, Different Tones: A Creative Encounter Between the Chinese Dulcimer and Jazz Piano 

Professor Yuening Liu, Central Conservatory of Music & Jon Jang, Pianist
Date:Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Time:7 – 9 pm
Location:Lydia Mendelssohn Theater, 911 N. University Ave.
Free and open to allReservation Required

This concert presents a creative encounter between the dulcimer and the piano, two distinctive musical instruments that have similar organological roots, diverse historical developments, and very contrasting sounds. Representing the dulcimer is Professor Liu Yuening of the Central Conservatory of China, Beijing, China; her counterpart is Mr. Jon Jang, an internationally renowned jazz pianist from San Francisco. Their performance of transformational music from China and the U.S. will be accompanied by bass, drum and other musical instruments. This concert is free and open to the public. The reservation is closed. Please pick up your tickets at the venue. 

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Dr. LIU Yuening is Professor of Yangqin (Chinese Dulcimer) at the Central Conservatory of Music (CCOM), Beijing, China, and a Supervisor of MA students of Traditional Chinese Music at the internationally renowned institutions. She also serves as the Director of the Center for the Exchange and Experience of Chinese and Foreign Music Cultures and Music Confucius Institute office of CCOM. Dr. Liu holds numerous national and international positions, which include Member of the Education Committee of the 12th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC); Vice President of the Yangqin Association, China; Vice President of the Chinese Overseas-Educated Scholars Association (WRSA); Board Member of the Cimbalom World Association; Board Member of the and the China & India Friendship Association; Member of the Council of Chinese People’s Association for Peace and Disarmament; and Member of the International Society for Music Education. Dr. Liu was a visiting professor at University of Michigan USA, M. Lysenko Lviv State Academy of Music, Ukraine, and P. J. Vejvanovsky National Academy of Music, Czech Republic. Currently, she is doing her research at the University of Michigan as Chinese Fulbright Visiting Scholar.

Composer Jon Jang became the first American born Chinese to compose a symphonic work that honors Chinese American history. For three decades, composer and pianist Jon Jang gives a musical voice to a history that has been silent. A majority of his works represents a chronology of Chinese American history in San Francisco. Commissioned by the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra and Oakland East Bay Symphony, Jon Jang composed The Chinese American Symphony (2007) which pays tribute to the Chinese laborers who built the first transcontinental railroad in United States. As a scholar, Jang has taught at Stanford University, University of California at Berkeley and UC Irvine. In 2012, Jon Jang was awarded the Martin Luther King Jr.-Cesar Chavez-Rosa Parks Visiting Professor recognition at the University of Michigan. During 2016, Jang presented his lecture, The Sounds of Struggle: Music from the Black Liberation Movement of the 1960s to the Asian American Movement of the 1980s at Columbia University, Hamilton College and Northeastern University, as well as Modern Harmonization of Chinese Folk Songs in Small Jazz Ensembles.