《Hello Gold Mountain 同舟》World Premiere – Nashville
February 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm CST
Wu Fei 吴非 and Silk Road Ensemble’s Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz performing with chatterbird ensemble
Saturday, February 23, 2019
7:00 pm CT
Ingram Hall, Vanderbilt University
About《Hello Gold Mountain 同舟》:
Hello Gold Mountain is 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. The title “Hello Gold Mountain” comes from 旧金山 San Francisco, because San Francisco is where most of the Jews from Shanghai landed, at least those who made it to America. And because the city is also important to Chinese migrants, it made sense as a title for a work that is about migration, and acceptance.
chatterbird ensemble will premiere the work February 23 at Ingram Hall, featuring Wu Fei on guzheng/voice and Silk Road Ensemble’s Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz on oud — the traditional Chinese and Jewish / Arab / Persian plucked string instruments. This performance is presented in partnership with the Tennessee Immigrant Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC), the Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee, Nashville Public Library and the Chinese Arts Alliance of Nashville.
Instrumentation: flute/piccolo, oboe, clarinet (B flat), bassoon, trombone, piano, percussion, violin, viola, cello, contra bass, guzheng, oud and voices.