NATIONAL MELODY CONCERT IN SHEUNG WAN

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“National Melody Concert” will be held on Thursday, 20 October 2011 at 8:00 PM in Sheung Wan Civic Centre (Sheung Wan, Hong Kong).

Lunlun Zou and Dr Huang Weida will be performing on guzheng and erhu “Fishermen’s Joyous Return”. Lunlun Zou and her guzheng trio “Phoenix” (Feng Huang) will perform a classical piece “Butterfly Lovers” and other popular compositions. This concert will also feature Lunlun Zou’s talented 9-year old student Lin Yayi, first prize laureate of Hong Kong School’s Music Festival. Lin Yayi will perform Tibetan melody “Spring’s Return to Snow-capped Peaks”. Other outstanding musicians will also participate.

Thursday, 20 October 2011, 8:00 PM, at Sheung Wan Civic Centre, Hong Kong; tickets are HK$200 (students half price) and can be purchased from Lunlun Zou.

Photos from this event can be seen here.

MARTIN YAN AND LUNLUN ZOU HOST A BENEFIT FOR SICHUAN EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS

America’s beloved chef Martin Yan and renowned guzheng Master Lunlun Zou have teamed up to host a fund-raising event in Shenzhen’s Window of the World theme park to benefit the victims of the recent Sichuan earthquake.

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Lunlun Zou and Martin Yan

Master chef Martin Yan is a household name in the United States and Canada, where he became famous for his cooking show Yan Can Cook.

The event, sponsored by the Lee Kum Kee company, the world-famous maker of Chinese spices and cooking sauces, included Martin Yan’s brilliantly entertaining cooking show and awe-inspiring musical performance by guzheng Master Lunlun Zou. Overall, the show was a delight for the stomach, eyes and ears!

Among honorable guests was Mr. Li Wenda, president of the Lee Kum Kee company.

All proceeds raised during the event, including those made from sales of Lunlun Zou’s music CD’s, were donated to the victims of the recent Sichuan earthquake.

TV INTERVIEW WITH LUNLUN ZOU’S 3 GIRLS’ BAND

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3 Girls’ Band at the TVB studio

On June 3 Lunlun Zou and her 3 Girls’ Band attended shooting of the popular TV show Culture Plaza at the studios of channel TVB in Tseng Kwan O, Hong Kong. They recorded the 3 Girls’ Band playing 2 songs (Zhan Tai Feng and Wan Shui Qian Shan Zong Shi Qing), after which the girls answered curious questions of the host Albert Cheung.

Members of the 3 Girls’ Band are Lunlun Zou (guzheng), Cheng Yu Ting (erhu) and Zhang Ying (pipa). The band continues in the tradition of Lunlun’s earlier band, Three Sisters, performing Chinese traditional classics as well as contemporary compositions with sparkle and spunk.

The show has aired on 17 June 2007, at 8:30 AM on the channel TVB Jade. Please watch the full length interview and musical performance (Zhan Tai Feng and Wan Shui Qian Shan Zong Shi Qing):

DEBUT OF THE 3 GIRLS’ BAND

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Debut of the 3 Girls’ Band

After years of preparations, Lunlun Zou debuted with her Chinese music ensemble 3 Girls’ Bandat a private concert in Hong Kong.

Some of you may already know that during her stay in Sydney, Australia, Lunlun has been part of a band 3 Sisters, which was made up of Lunlun Zou (guzheng), Lulu Liu (pipa) and Ying Ying Liu (erhu). The trio often performed at events in Sydney, including the stage of the Sydney opera house.

Like the phoenix rose from ashes, so did the Three Sisters, this time under the name 3 Girls’ Band.

The name of the new ensemble in Chinese language is literally “3 Phoenixes”, although this translation has not been chosen in favor of the simpler and more memorable 3 Girls’ Band. The ensemble is directed by Lunlun Zou and plans to perform at events in Hong Kong and China.

Enjoy watching an abbreviated video recording from this concert:

HAPPY PIG YEAR! HAPPY YEAR OF THE PIG!

The large part of the world which follows the lunar calendar has recently celebrated the arrival of the New Year.

The people of Hong Kong were thrilled to take some rest after 12 months of exhausting work. To their delight, Lunlun Zou and her student Panting have made this most special occasion festive as demanded by traditions. During several evenings they performed splendidly for the Hong Kong audience with a selection of Chinese festival music using the guzheng instrument.

As the Chinese literally say, “happy pig year!” and to the rest of you “happy year of the pig!”

THANKS FOR YOUR LETTERS!

I want to extend my warmest thanks to all my friends and fans who sent me cards during the past holiday season. Among them were many which made me feel that my efforts resonate and are making a difference in your lives. I chose to quote this one, sent to me from Moscow, Russia:

I just want to say thank you … Studying in a foreign country makes me miss playing guzheng a lot. Thank you for giving me the urge of playing my instrument. I will always keep playing guzheng for the rest of my life. I feel that it is part of my soul. Thank you very much again … May the passion of music and love for guzheng live forever in everyone …

GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION

Lunlun Zou Guzheng Studio’s new office warming party, fittingly titled The Grand Opening Celebration, took place this past Saturday, 20 February.

Lunlun Zou Guzheng Studio was formally established by Lunlun Zou in November 2006 as an art school with focus on tuition of Chinese musical instruments. It also boasts a showroom and a store with selection of high-end musical instruments and accessories, including those by boutique luthier Master Xu Zhen Gao and Lunlun Zou.

Although the studio has been in operation for several weeks, feng shui masters advised that 20 February be chosen, the most auspicious day to assure success and prosperity to the business.

Lunlun Zou’s students, friends, business associates and well-wishers have sent in numerous bouquets, making the new office in the “fragrant harbor” ambrosial and festive. French wines, champagne and snacks were served while Lunlun Zou’s students performed to everyone’s delight.

A customer came with cash in her hand and bought one of Master Xu’s guzheng instruments on the spot. According to Chinese superstition, this was a sign of an imminent windfall ahead.