East Meets West
Confucius InstituteDialogues Between Chinese and Western Music
If the feedback from the first two monthly East Meets West Virtual Concert & Forum events hosted by the Confucius Institute at Alfred University (CIAU) is any indication, the audience at the third concert, Saturday, April 24 at 8 p.m., is in for a treat. Our guests will be internationally-acclaimed master performer of the Chinese zheng, Mei Han, and multi-instrumentalist, composer, and improviser, Randy Raine-Reusch. COVID concerns may hamper the usual Hot Dog Day festivities, but everyone can still join in on Zoom for some unusual music and lively discussion hosted by Daisy Wu, faculty member of AU Performing Arts Division and CIAU Director. Registration will be required for this Zoom event. Please visit our registration website or scan the accompanying bar code. There will also be a registration link on the Facebook page of the Almond 20th Century Club Library.
This series is organized by CIAU and co-sponsored by the Performing Arts Division of Alfred University, and the Music Department of China University of Geosciences (CUG) in Wuhan， the Almond 20th Century Club Library, the Cuba Circulating Library, the Hornell Public Library, the David A. Howe Library in Wellsville, and the Wimodaughsian Library of Canisteo, If you have questions or your organization would like to assist in promoting this series, please contact Daisy Wu or CIAU Assistant Director Susan Steere for further details.
Dr. Mei Han grew up in a military family during tumultuous times in China. She studied under some of the top zheng instructors in the country and was chosen to be a featured soloist with the Zhan You Ensemble in Beijing, the leading ensemble of its kind, at the age of 19. Later she became an ethnomusicologist, earning a PhD in British Colombia, exploring music from around the world, and developing “radical new repertoires” for her instrument. Today she is Director of the Center for Chinese Music and Culture at Middle Tennessee State University and a member of Red Chamber, a Chinese plucked-string band, and of the Mei Han Art Ensemble.
Mr. Randy Raine-Reusch survived an abusive childhood in Canada to become “a globe-trotting visionary” and “the Noah of musical instruments.” He has collected over a thousand musical instruments of every type from around the world, many rare and endangered, and he can play them all. Considered an innovator who extends the boundaries of music, he specializes in new and experimental music and serves as a mentor for emerging artists. He is a founder of the Rainforest World Music Festival in Sarawak, Malaysia, and has served worldwide as a college lecturer and consultant for numerous museums and support organizations.