and Chinese music
classical and folk traditions)
A crossover of two cultures
and Chinese music for pipa, ud, guzheng and percussions
Fang - pipa and guzheng
Sabbagh - Al-ud, riqq and mazhar(Arabic
But there can be no overlooking the spectacular instrumental
closer that just burns down the house. Liu Fang on pipa
& Farhan Sabbagh on mazhar, an open framed drum,
take off on a supercharged dance blast called "Night
of the Bonfire" that will burn the soles straight off
your shoes..." - Barbara Flaska, PopMatters Music, 11 February 2004.
Considering that the Chinese people have been isolated
from external musical influences for the majority of
the last 60 years, and didn't have much contact before
the Cultural Revolution, a healthy tradition has managed
to survive to this day, supported by both the government
and even the younger aspects of the population. This
glorious music is represented here by many artists.
Particularly touching is the soft
"The Night of Bonfire," performed on the pipa (picked
dulcimer) by Liu Fang, currently a resident of Canada.
Performed with a wisp of percussion by Farhan Sabbagh,
the delicate song races forward to a breakneck tempo
by mid-song. Not bad for an artist in her 20s!
The Rough Guide To The Music Of China (World Music Network,
listened repeatedly to the "Arabic and Chinese Music"
CD throughout the weekend. It is profoundly enjoyable
every time. I keep hearing new rhythms and sounds as
if I had never heard them before. It is satisfying to
hear a group of instruments together, the way they relate,
take turns, complement each other. These are master
musicians at work, indeed." - Suzanne Stanton, USA
Parfums d'Orient - Liu Fang et Farhan Sabbaph,
un dlicieux croisement Chine-Syrie, Le Soleil, DI
14 JULLIET 2000.
The pieces (tracks) and