Audio: Heard by the Whole Tribe

Published June 24, 2009.

The Beijing New Music Ensemble is the only independent musical ensemble dedicated to new music in China. Lead by Eli Marshall, who Nick Frisch called “the most prominent Jewish musician based in East Asia” in a recent Forward article, this young and vibrant group of diverse backgrounds has performed across greater China and in South Korea. Often collaborating with musicians of traditional Chinese backgrounds, BNME has created a grassroots forum for contemporary music in Beijing and, in three years, has presented over three dozen China premieres to growing audiences. These songs are from the group’s debut CD, which will be released this month by international classical label NAXOS.

“Romance of Hsiao and Ch’in” was written by Chen Yi, a prolific composer and violinist. Her husband is the composer Zhou Long:


“Taigu Rhyme” is a piece for three traditional percussionists and Western chamber instruments. It was written by Zhou Long, an acclaimed Chinese composer, for concert in the United States in 2003 that highlighted reconciliations between China and Japan.


“Wild Grass”, also by Zhou Long, features solo cello and a narrator. It reflects the influence of Lu Xun, one of 20th-century China’s most versatile writers.

To read Nick Frisch’s recent article, on The Beijing New Music Ensemble click here.



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