华侨城创意文化园北区B10现场 B10 Live, North District of OCT-LOFT
欢庆 Huan Qing – 里拉琴 Lyre / 洞箫 Dongxiao / 人声 Vocals
Huan Qing, born in the Yangtze River’s gorges area in Chongqing, is a well-known avant-garde experimental musician, now living in Dali.
While exploring experimental music, his work are always rooted in the profound culture of China, maintaining a natural folk tinct. With his own unique perspective and free-form expression, he creates a poetic universe through simple arrangements and dreamy whispers, where we could be detached from the mundane world and retrieve the long-lost conversation between our deep souls.
In 1998, Huan Qing established an experimental music group named The Other Two Comrades and independently released two albums, “System Developers Got Stuck” and “Contradiction Burdened Torso”.
In 2000, Huan Qing started his research on folk music of southwest China. Through years of collecting and processing, he produced many high-quality albums, such as “A Piece of Brass Sheet (一块铜皮)” mainly featuring the traditional jew’s harp of the Yi nationality, “Crossing the Yellow River (过黄河)” and “Yearning Tone” of the Yi nationality, “Under The Sky” of the Hani nationality, “Dog Chasing the Red Deer (狗追马鹿)” and “Recollection of Lishui (丽水拾遗)” of the Nakhi nationality, “Rythms of the Oars (双桨采韵)” of the Nu and Wa nationality, “Ancient Ballads of Luomadi (洛马底古调)” of the Lisu nationality, “Tashi Father and Son (扎西父子)” of the Tibetan nationality, “Xiao & Howl (萧&啸)” of the Han nationality, “Chuangjiang Work Songs (川江号子)” of the Yangtze River basin and folk compilation “Yunnan Balladry (云南乡音)”.
Since 2011, he has released the first Dali-sojourning-musician themed folk compilation “Music in Dali (乐大理)”, jew’s harp album “Magnificent Magang · The Sun and Fire of Oedi” of the Yi nationality of Liangshan, and supervised the jew’s harp compilation “Witty Sound (妙趣横声)” of various nationalities in southwest China released by Modernsky. Two new works were furtherly made in 2017: “Who’s Song (谁之歌)” under Men Records (门唱片), in which he composed for ancient poetry, and instrumental album “Tender Flowers · Clouds And Shadows” featuring Li Daiguo.
Over the years Huan Qing has maintained a vigorous creativity. And as a multi-instrumentalist, he also makes instruments by himself.
He started manufacturing and playing the lyre since 2007. Lyre is one of the oldest seven-string plucked instrument, also known as the “Sumerian Harp”. It was originated from Mesopotamia (the region of the two rivers), and afterwards widely spread in the Mediterranean Coast region. Lyre was made majorly from lumber, crafted with wood, bull horns and sheep intestines, often used by troubadours as an accompaniment instrument.
Dongxiao is a blowing instrument of the Han nationality, popular among the folk or literati and hermits’ community in China, and was regarded as an introverted and implicative musical instrument. It is mostly made of nine-sectioned purple bamboo and white bamboo and often played in duos with Guqin, or in traditional Chinese string and wind ensembles. But Huan Qing plays the dongxiao in duo with his own vocals, where tune setting and feeling expressing are all done by the instrument, while consonance rhyming and affection confessing are achieved through lyrics.
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