Artist collective Tangram, creators and curators of new Chinese music, are to present a night of new music by British-Chinese composer Alex Ho, culminating in the world premiere of a new stage work, Untold, co-directed by Alex Ho and creative director and choreographer Julia Cheng.
Tangram is a new music movement opening up spaces beyond the China-West dichotomy. They launched at Chinese Arts Now Festival as recipients of the Artist Development Bursary at LSO St Luke’s in January 2019.
Untold reimagines the Chinese traditional story of Ye Xian, one of the earlier versions of the European story of Cinderella. Performed by countertenor Keith Pun, Julia Cheng, and Tangram, the piece integrates contemporary classical music, hip hop movement, and Chinese and western instruments into an immersive experience that blends genres, art forms, and cultures.
Flora Yin-Wong will be performing a new DJ set throughout the evening, experimenting with original samples like the yangqin, gamelan reongs, and tsurigane bells, completing the line-up for this special event that showcases the richness of Chinese diasporic culture.
This event is the culmination of Sound and Music’s Talent Development scheme, New Voices 2018, on which Alex Ho has been participating for last 18 months. The event is also supported generously by Arts Council England, Help Musicians UK, Sound and Music, Snape Maltings, RVW Trust, PRS Foundation, The London Community Foundation, and The Cockayne Foundation.
Doors open 7.30pm; performance starts 8pm.
5th November 2019, Hackney Round Chapel
Dreaming Clouds for violin and dance (2019)
Rituals and Resonances for solo yangqin (2018)
Untold – a new stage work (2019)