Oriole – Lan Tung (2016)
Composed for the Sound of Dragon Ensemble’s debut concert at the 2016 Sound of Dragon Music Festival, the vocal part of this piece is extracted from a popular song in a Chinese movie “Orioles Banished from the Flowers” (1948). With this piece, Lan pays tribute to Shakti, the highly influential Indian fusion band led by John McLaughlin and Zakir Hussain in the 70s. The lyrical vocal line is contrasted with exciting fast instrumental melodies, and it showcases the ensemble members’ improvisational skills. Lan also composed this piece for her father, who introduced her to his large collection of old songs from that era in her upbringing.
premiered at the 2016 Sound of Dragon Music Festival 龍吟滄海音樂節 at Roundhouse, Vancouver
conductor: Chih Sheng Chen 陳志昇指揮