OzAsia Festival at the Adelaide Festival Centre, September 30
Arts Centre Melbourne December 16th 2017
Curator of Meeting Points: Peter Knight
Composer: Mindy Meng Wang
Arrangment, orchestration, saxophone, electronics: Jem Savage
Violin: Lizzy Welsh
Cello: Hilary Kleinig
Viola: Anna Webb
Contra bass: Sam Pankhurst
Percussion: Matthias Schack-Arnott
Bass trombone, flute, buchla: Adrian Sherriff
Executive Producer for Insite Arts: Tam Nguyen
Mindy Meng Wang is a guzheng (Chinese string instrument) virtuoso and part of a significant movement of Chinese musicians redefining and reinvigorating their musical traditions.
Cocoon will be Mindy Meng Wang’s first major music composition to feature guzheng as part of a chamber orchestra.
This concert traces her upbringing in Lanzhou, China (along the famous Silk Road) – beginning with the gentle traditions of the guzheng – to the avant-garde music scene in London, and her arrival in Australia in 2014.
Mindy Meng Wang has composed for a chamber formation that includes violin, contra bass, electronics, wind, and percussion. This is to create delicate textures expressing both a yearning for home and the restless urge to travel and discover the new.
Cocoon will be presented as part of Meeting Points, a triple bill of music performances that break down barriers between cultures, genres, and disciplines. They feature artists from Japan, South Korea, China, and Arnhem Land with Australia’s leading contemporary music ensemble, the Australian Art Orchestra. Meeting Points brings together vastly different Asian and Australian musical styles into an afternoon-long world premiere music event exclusive to OzAsia Festival.