One of Dr. Lunlun Zou’s students expressed her appreciation in her Guzheng classes. She was deeply inspired.
Congratulations to Dr. Lunlun Zou for her World Outstanding Chinese Award
Congratulations to Dr. Lunlun Zou for her World Outstanding Chinese Award. Lunlun is the first performer gaining this award. She has founded IAMA with a goal of helping the public to understanding chinese traditional music. She also helps raise fund for charity by performing guzheng.
For details, please refer to wenweipo on September 23rd, 2015.
THE SOUND OF GUZHENG UNDER THE MOONLIGHT
On 8 September 2014 Lunlun Zou’s students performed at the Mid-Autumn festival party the Hong Kong Country Club which was attended by more than 500 members and guests. Their performance was well received by the audience. The performance started with a cheerful duet “Fengyang Flower Drum”, followed by the elegant classic Songs of “Fishermen’s Joyous Return”.
Coria Wong’s solo “Song of Fishing Ling ” and Zoe Leung’s solo “Autumn Moon over Han Palace” presented audience vivid graphics of beautiful moonlight by melody. Georgette Tso’s rendition of Shan Bei folk song “Nanniwan” has ignited the atmosphere of the party. And Yannis Lin’s amazing techniques when playing “Sunshine over Jin Gang Mountain” was warmly applauded by the audience. Maisie Luk played “Spring Returned to Snow-capped Peaks”, followed by “The Moon Represents My Heart” by Master Lunlun Zou and violinist Du Lan. Their performance has brought the party to a climax. The performance ended with guzheng ensemble “Fighting with Typhoon” by Master Zou and her students which they won the audience by their outstanding techniques, elegant style and passion.
The success of the performance is contributed by students of the Lunlun Zou Guzheng Studio and sponsors. Others participating in the performance were Ruby Wong, Melissa Wong, Timtim Hong, E Tech Wong, Alice Siu, Rosa Ho Ching Sui and Candy Tsing Ying.
Special thanks to Mr Gary Tso and Mrs Victoria Tso.
Photos from this event can be seen here.
CNY CONCERT “ORIENTAL TRIO” WILL BE HELD ON 8 FEBRUARY 2014 IN SYDNEY
Start your Chinese New Year celebrations on the right note!
You are warmly invited to “Oriental Trio”, a concert of Chinese traditional music by the band “Oriental Trio” (also known as “3 Girls’ Band” and “Three Sisters”) to be held at the Utzon Room in the Sydney Opera House on Saturday 8 February 2014 commencing at 3:00 pm.
This special concert celebrates Chinese culture at the time of the Chinese New Year Festival; promoting Chinese–Australian cultural interaction, developing friendship and passing on Chinese traditional culture to the next generation. It is also to show appreciation to those who have supported Oriental Trio and promoted Chinese music in Australia over recent years.
The concert features three Chinese-Australian musicians playing the guzheng (Lunlun Zou), erhu (Ying Liu), pipa (Lulu Liu) and presenting an original selection of beautifully evocative traditional and contemporary Chinese music, and Australian compositions with Chinese influences. The concert will also feature guest Australian musicians performing with the Oriental Trio.
As the concert will be recorded live by Fine Music 102.5, please ensure that you are seated by 2:50 pm.
WE NOW ACCEPT BITCOINS
We are delighted to inform you that we now accept the Bitcoin payment method, in addition to PayPal (major credit cards), cheques and cash.
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With this, we join rapidly growing ranks of progressive merchants across the world.
Lunlun Zou Guzheng Studio is the first Hong Kong business to accept Bitcoin.
LUNLUN ZOU MAKES A SPLASH WITH HER BITCOIN ANNOUNCEMENT
Lunlun Zou officially started accepting Bitcoin cryptocurrency as a convenient alternative to conventional payment methods. Soon after the announcement was made on Lunlun Zou’s website, a number of major media outlets has shown tremendous amount of interest. Since 25 November 2013, Lunlun has been interviewed by various organisations about how she adopts latest internet technology to facilitate the education of traditional Chinese music. The Lunlun Zou Guzheng Studio has received scores of enquiries from acclaimed TV and press institutions including CNN, BBC, TVB Jade, South China Morning Post, Ming Pao, HK Economic Times, Next Magazine, RTHK Radio, as well as Bitcoin-focused on-line magazines.
Some interviews with Lunlun Zou on television can be viewed below:
Lunlun Zou discusses Bitcoin on CCTV’s Biz Asia Programme
Lunlun Zou discusses Bitcoin on TVB Jade’s Scoop Programme
Lunlun Zou discusses Bitcoin on TVB Jade’s Financial Times Programme
Photographs from the media interviews and some newspaper clippings can be seen here. Article in South China Morning Post is available here.
BEAU SOIR EN HONG KONG
The performances were a mixture of traditional Chinese melodies from the past as well as a few contemporary pieces and selected works by Debussy. The auditorium was full with hardly an empty seat to be seen. The crowd was also quite familiar with the works played and even applauded after moments of extraordinary virtuosity, displayed with consummate skill by Ms Zou and Mr Guo, both individually and together.
A simple but quite appropriate background of Monet’s Autumn on the Seine at Argenteuil was an elegant and most fitting backdrop to the evening. Many of the Chinese pieces they played are extremely well known and popular. Songs of Fishing Boats at Dusk, Butterfly Lovers – metamorphosis, A moonlit Night on the Spring River and the ever popular and quite difficult Horse Racing which Mr Guo performed flawlessly.
After his solo, Ms Zou played The Fight with the Typhoon, another musical challenge, but this time for the guzheng. She plays with great emotion, impeccable technique and elegant style with almost balletic movements of the hands and arms.
Adrian Walter, the Director of the HKAPA, was delighted with the event. “The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts was delighted to be the venue for Sunday’s concert by Guzheng master, Lunlun Zou. A beautifully performed and varied programme highlighted the extraordinary ability of the performers and the unique expressive range of the instruments,” he said.
As the director of the HKAPA, Mr Walter knows what he is talking about when he describes the performers. “The drama of the Guzheng solos were matched by the sublime and reflective solos by Erhu master, Guo Gan. The quality of the performers who joined Ms Zou were of the highest order, a quality that characterised the afternoon. I was delighted to see one of APA’s alumni sharing the stage providing evocative pipa solos and accompaniments.”
Dr Chan was especially happy with the large number of young people who turned up for the concert. No tradition will be able to be maintained if the youth do not take it up. It would seem that the guzheng and the erhu are in good shape at this time.
Among the audience were these honourable guests: HKSAR Financial Secretary John Tsang and his wife, Zhang Xiaoming, director of the Liaison Office, Deputy Secretary for Home Affairs, Oregon Scientific Global Group Chairman Dr. Raymond Chan, Ms Florence Hui, Director-General of the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups Dr Rosanna Wong, Chancellor Timothy W. Tong, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Council Chairman William Leung, JP, mirror, Executive President Xu Xinying cultural enterprises and others.
IAMA wishes to express sincere gratitude to: Oregon Scientific, Hang Seng Bank, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Deloitte, AIA, AVIS Macau and others.
Photos from this event can be seen here.
ANNOUNCING CONCERT BEAU SOIR EN HONG KONG
“Beau soir en Hong Kong” poster
Leading Guzheng virtuoso Lunlun Zou will meet Erhu genius Guo Gan in Hong Kong in a crossover between east and west by music on June 30th – on the eve of the 16th Year Anniversary of Hong Kong’s Reunification with China, at the Concert Hall of the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm. This is a “crossover” between traditional and modernity, between east and west, and an inner quest of hearts and minds for all audience with a genuine love of traditional Chinese music.
For additional details, please visit hkiama.org.
“SPRING OF THE GOLDEN SNAKE” CNY CONCERT WILL BE HELD ON 16 FEBRUARY 2013 IN SYDNEY
Spring of the Golden Snake celebrates the 2013 Chinese New Year (year of the Snake) with an afternoon of music with Ying & Friends at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. This special concert, a showcase of Chinese influence in Australian music, will blend Western and Chinese instruments to create original and evocative sounds. Chinese tea appreciation and a calligraphy workshop will be held before the concert and tea tasting and light refreshments after the concert for you to enjoy Chinese New Year at the Con. Special guest will be Lunlun Zou, director of International Academy for Musical Arts in Hong Kong.
The program presents traditional Chinese music including Golden Snake Dance (金蛇狂舞) and Spring Outing (游春), Cantonese music including Autumn Moon on the Calm Lake (平湖秋月) and Rain Drops on a Banana Tree (雨打芭蕉), arranged by Australian composer Tony Wheeler, as well as popular Chinese classics The Moon’s Reflection on the Second Spring (二泉映月) and Spring Festival Overture (春节序曲), arranged by Australian composer Julie Simonds. Also included are original Australian compositions for Chinese instruments, Bodhisattva of the Silk Road and Guanyin Song by Wheeler and other well-known Western pieces arranged for Chinese and Western instruments. A highlight will be the world premiere of Wheeler’s blues-jazz piece Blue Moon for erhu, saxophone and piano.
For tickets and details, please visit http://www.cityrecitalhall.com/events/id/1414.