8 Sep 2022, Thu, 7pm & 8pm
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Folk songs are an integral part of Mongolian culture, reflecting the rich customs, vast grasslands, heroic stories and unique way of life in Mongolia. Join Anarva Wang as she presents the folk music of Mongolia on the morin khuur, a traditional bowed stringed instrument regarded as the musical symbol of Mongolia, accompanied by Cui Jingyi on the guzheng.
About the morin khuur
The morin khuur (horsehead fiddle; 马头琴), listed as one of UNESCO’s Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity, is one of the most important musical instruments of the Mongol people. Not merely used as a solo musical instrument, the morin khuur is an important part of spiritual rites and everyday activities of Mongolian nomads, taming animals and accompanying various ceremonies, dances, long songs and mythical tales.
Mask-wearing is optional. However, audiences are encouraged to continue to exercise responsibility and caution, such as wearing masks when in crowded places. No tickets will be issued. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Anarva Wang is a music ethnologist and distinguished morin khuur player. In 2019, she was selected to participate in China National Arts Fund’s morin khuur Training Programme, where she was recognised as the most outstanding morin khuur player.
In recent years, Wang has travelled between Mongolia and various Asian countries, visiting music scholars and folk artists, exploring strategies on cultural preservation through the performance of ethnic folk music and the usage of traditional music instruments. Wang is committed to the dissemination and integration of Chinese music education and Mongolian music, and has been invited to give various performances and academic visits across China.
Currently the only morin khuur player in Singapore, Wang has participated actively in experimental fusion music involving collaborations between the morin khuur and other instruments, educating audiences on the expressive qualities of the morin khuur. She is the co-founder of GIMA Band, the first morin khuur and guitar fusion band in Southeast Asia, with tracks reaching #1 on iTunes’ Singapore World Music Chart, and #2 on iTunes’ Spain World Music Chart.
Cui Jingyi is a guzheng player and music educator. She received her music training at the Guangzhou Xinghai Conservatory of Music, afterwhich she immigrated to Singapore, promoting Chinese culture and art through the performance of guzheng. She is the instructor of various guzheng ensembles in Singapore and is involved passionately in the teaching of guzheng skills.
She has arranged various ensemble pieces for performances and competitions, as well as published textbooks and CDs on the guzheng. Cui is the founder and director of the HanTang Chinese Guzheng Ensemble and serves as the director of the Singapore Qinzheng Association. She is also a member of the Singapore Guzheng Association, the Singapore Muscians’ Association, as well as a member of the Guzheng Professional Committee of the Chinese National Orchestra Society.
8 Sep 2022, Thu
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