Chinese Chamber Music Sounds of Sheng

Chinese Chamber Music Sounds of Sheng

The sheng is one of the oldest Chinese reed wind instruments, and was commonly used in palace and court processions over 3,000 years ago. The rich and dynamic sound qualities of the sheng make it a popular instrument in the Chinese orchestra as it is capable of playing harmonies.

Talented sheng musician Kevin Cheng presents a performance that brings out the pure and unique sounds of the traditional Chinese instrument. Highlights include Grand Prelude, a Henan opera piece that showcases the local colour and charm of Chinese traditional music; the first great sheng solo work, The Phoenix Spreads its Wings, jointly composed by sheng master Hu Tian Quan and composer Dong Hong De; renowned sheng performer Loo Sze-wang’s composition Only Sheng, which depicts the lonesome path of the sheng virtuoso; and Hong Kong composer Ng Cheukyin’s Tiger Sketch, a contemporary piece that describes the imposing appearance of a tiger in an ink painting.