Melody of China welcomes composer Gene Coleman to San Francisco for the world premiere of his latest piece, Horizon. Horizon is a fascinating new multi-media work that explores the architectural wonders and landscapes of Hong Kong via a captivating journey through video, sound and live performance. Horizon will enjoy its first performance by Melody of China and several guest artists including the composer himself on Sunday, June 5 at 4 P.M. at the Center for New Music in San Francisco. Gene Coleman has won several awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship and the prestigious Berlin Prize for Music Composition and has premiered numerous works in Europe, Asia and the U.S. The composer says he is thrilled to be back in San Francisco working with Melody of China again. The Sunday afternoon program will also include the traditional Chinese ensemble repertoire as well as several Chinese “jazz fusion” selections featuring Melody of China’s own guzheng artist/vocalist Gangqin Zhao.
The afternoon performance will feature Melody of China’s line-up of world-renown artists: Yangqin Zhao (yangqin), Gangqin Zhao (guzheng), Wanpeng Guo (sheng) and Xian Lu (dizi). They will be joined by high-profile guests Gene Coleman (composer and bass clarinetist), Erik Ulman (violin), Jessie Marino (cello), Adam Vidiksis (conductor) and Shenshen Zhang (pipa).
“Melody of China and Gene Coleman” is presented as part of Melody of China’s 2016 home season. The concert takes place Sunday, June 5th, 4 P.M. at the Center for New Music, 55 Taylor Street in San Francisco. Tickets are $15 General Admission. Children 13 and under are free. Tickets may be purchased online at: BrownPaperTickets.com (keyword search: “Melody of China and Gene Coleman”) or http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2544423.
Melody of China supporters and community partners include: Grants for the Arts, Zellerbach Family Foundation, California Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, Chinese Historical Society and Chinese Culture Center.