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From the Jun Tian Yun He Ensemble – a group committed to spreading the music and culture of the majestic, seven-stringed guqin – comes a riveting performance and Australian Premiere of Lofty Mountains and Flowing Water, one of the most famous traditional works for this ‘instrument of the sages’. It will be performed in the Elisabeth Murdoch Hall of the Melbourne Recital Centre on Sunday 19 October.

Experience the beauty and power of the guqin, in natural partnership with cello, guitar and throat and opera singing. Performed alongside an expressive tai chi display, this concert spans the heavenly purity of tradition and the energetic improvisations of contemporary China – a timeless spell of history channeled through a remarkable modern ensemble.

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The Jun Tian Yun He Ensemble also presents:

The Way of Guqin

A free workshop and exhibition space devoted to Chinese culture’s treasured ancient forms: calligraphy, tea ceremony, flower arranging and incense. Click here for more information.

M Pavilion

A unique architecture commission and free design event for Melbourne featuring two members of the ensemble who demonstrate and share the artistry and aesthetics that lie at the very heart of Chinese culture. For more information on M Pavilion, please see the tab above.

The Jun Tian Yun He Ensemble devote their lives to promoting the aesthetics and culture of the qin – or guqin (‘old strings’) as it is more commonly known, in deference to its 3,000 year history.

With its deep, elegant tone and expressive force, the guqin has become a symbol of China’s national spirit and traditional music culture. The five Dao (‘ways’) of qin – calligraphy, tea ceremony, flower arrangement and incense – are central to Chinese traditional culture; these arts are no mere relics of antiquity – they are an essential element of contemporary China.

In this MPavilion performance two members of the ensemble will demonstrate these ancient forms, sharing the artistry and aesthetics that lie at the very heart of Chinese culture.

Suitable for ages 8 and up.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre and Melbourne Festival.

The Jun Tian Yun He’s visit to Melbourne has been made possible through the generous support of the China International Culture Association.

Courtesy of Melbourne Recital Centre, for further information please visit http://www.melbournerecital.com.au/events/2014/jun-tian-yun-he/.

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