THE PURPLE PHOENIX ORCHESTRA 紫凤女子乐坊流行音乐演出
Jul 29, 2017
8PM - 10PM
Founded in late 2005, the Purple Phoenix Ladies´ Ensemble is one of the most sought after Chinese women orchestra in China today. Since its inaugural performance in Beijing in August 2006, it has
toured various parts of China to critical acclaim, garnering rave reviews from both the audience and the media. It is also the only all-women orchestra in China that combines visual and aural elements in their musical performances through acting and dancing. Moreover, it is unique that they play pop songs of different countries using traditional Chinese instruments. One distinctive feature of Purple Phoenix is the instruments played by the musicians. Apart from the familiar traditional instruments like Erhu, Guzheng, Pipa, Suona and Chinese flute, the audience will get to hear for the first time, sounds made by rare Chinese instruments such as the Juqin (锯琴) – a Chinese musical saw, and the Zhuihu (坠胡), which can mimic the voice of a Peking opera singer.
The audience will also be treated to the sweet and clear timbre made by the newly developed Crystal Erhu (水晶二胡), a beautiful erhu made of crystals.
In addition to familiar classics such as “Horse racing” (赛马) and “As the stream flows” (小河淌水), the ladies will also perform popular songs like “Memory” from the Broadway musical Cats, and the
theme song from Korean drama “Jewel of the Palace” (大长今), as well as Chinese songs “The Bund” (上海滩) and “Struggle for the success” (爱拼才会赢), etc. The musicians, in addition to playing the
instruments, can also sing, dance and even perform the “face changing” act (变脸) seen in Sichuan opera.