NYJPW Chinese Opera Rehearsals for The Orphan of Zhao
Wu Liang's Chinese Music In New York
NYU Graduates Videoing An Interactive Documentary for NYJPW, NYJPW Studio, New York, March 9, 2003


Chinese Music In New York - An Interactive Documentary Videoing at NYJPW Studio
Recording & Editing by NYU Graduate Students Ai Gao & Seth Grossman
Ai Gao and Seth Grossman, two graduated students who are currently working on their thease for their graduation on Interactive Telecommunications Program in May, 2003, came to visit NYJPW and video recording the activities of NYJPW's Chinese Opera rehearsals for September 19's production "The Orphan of Zhao". NYJPW musician, Wu Liang has expressed his ideaes and his interactive motivation with Chinese traditional music to fit into western world.

Many questions have asked by Ai Gao to Wu Liang as follows:
  • Q:How many years you have been playing the Chinese traditional music. -
  • A:More then 20 years
  • Q:How do you like American music. -
  • A:Getting better understanding from time to time
  • Q:Have you ever involved with American musical group to develop music by using the traditional Chinese instrument?
  • A:Yes, however the music was not sound harmony and not fittable to the western style
  • Q:What do you see the most founamental difference of Chinese and American music?
  • A:Chinese music made from the voice of bamboo and string of steel or animal skins, i.e. snake or cow. American music made from electrical sound of wood or metal. Chinese music contains harmony softness while American music contains rythem and motivation.
  • Q:How many different kind of Chinese instrument that you can play?
  • A:I can play Jin Hu and flue. In many circumstances I had to use flue to set the right tone to start the music played by Jin Hu.
  • Q:How do you feel about to transform Chinese traditional music into Western style and influence each other to make a join effort for both.
  • A:I see the join effort to make Chinese music to be transformed in western music is doable and takes time. One should be always beliving anything is possible if you want to do it.
  • Q:Have you participated any American Orchestra and played American music by using Chinese instrument?
  • A:Yes. I found it was OK but could not transform the real spirit and tone as Chinese traditional voice and feeling.
  • Q:Have you ever thought to use Chinese music to compose an American song or vis versus?
  • A:Yes. I got a chance to join the Atlanta Orchestra Group and tried to use flue to play an song for American dance. The music sounded beautiful. It is certainly possible to mix Chinese and Western music together and mutually benefited by the traditional classical Chinese and modern motion of Western styly. I wish I could concentrate more in exploring this experiment.

  • Seth Grossman and John Wang
    Looking at John's Photography

    Seth Grossman Is Impressed by
    John's Talented Creative Photos

    Wu Liang and Ai Gao Discussing About
    How to Transform Chinese Music to Western Forms

    Wu Liang and Ai Gao Both Wish Chinese Tranditional Music
    Could be More Popular in the United States

    Seth Grossman and Ai Gao Video Recording
    Cheng-Hua Wang's Rehearsal

    Cheng-Hua Wang Showing the Album "Eight Loyal Sacrifaiers"
    That is a Prop to be used in the Show

    Cheng-Hua Wang Performing as Chen Yin
    Cheng-Hua Wang/Wu Liang/Ai Gao/Seth Grossman
    Working Together for NYJPW Documentary

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