chatterbird, a Nashville-based chamber ensemble dedicated to exploring alternative instrumentation and non-traditional means of performing classical music, is continuing its composer residency with Chinese composer Wu Fei. On February 23, the ensemble will perform Wu Fei’s original composition, Hello Gold Mountain. The performance will take place in Vanderbilt University’s Ingram Hall at 7:00 PM. This is a performance for all ages, and tickets are on sale now.
Wu Fei is a native Chinese composer, born in Beijing. She is a composer and vocalist, as well as a performer of the guzheng (Chinese zither) and piano. Wu Fei will be performing on the guzheng for this performance, and it will also feature Shanir Ezra
Blumenkranz of the Silk Road Ensemble on oud – a traditional string instrument of the Middle East.
The ensemble describes this piece as “a requiem for the lost possibilities of the Jewish community of Shanghai. The work, an original composition by Wu Fei, tells the stories of Jewish refugees who fled from Europe to Shanghai during WWII, and later from Shanghai to San Francisco during the Chinese Civil War. Drawing on the musical traditions of eastern European Jewish culture and China, Hello Gold Mountain reflects on the cultural impact of refugee populations both then and now.”
This performance is presented in partnership with several cultural and humanitarian organizations: the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC), the Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee, and the Chinese Arts Alliance of Nashville, as well as the Nashville Public Library. The ensemble will also be partnering with these organizations to offer community events and presentations in order to share the experiences of these refugees. These events will be announced in the coming weeks.