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Sounds of slow tears

Chong Kee Yong



This composition reveals the various elements of my writing for Chinese instruments that are at once original and eclectic. I am particularly interested in incorporating various Asian musical practices such as Chinese dialect folk songs (especially Hakka storytelling and mountain songs), Gamelan music from South East Asia, Indian ritual and ceremonial music, ancient Chinese court music, and chanting of classical Chinese poetry, Korean Pansori music, and Japanese Gagaku music to create my own compositional techniques and languages.
performed by Cloud Teo and TaiHe Guzheng ensembe

In this composition, the rich palette of constantly expanding instrumental colours, performance techniques, are also enriched by the Chinese culture, traditions as well as the multi-layered ethnic and cultural from the South East Asia Gamelan music heritage.

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