Plucked-string specialists Red Chamber present an evening of string music at Edmonds Center for the Arts this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available by calling the ECA box office at 425-275-9595 or online at www.ec4arts.org. Ticket prices are $15-$30.
Canada’s Red Chamber features four virtuosic performers that have collectively become an innovative powerhouse in the international music scene. Red Chamber takes its inspiration from the rare traditional Chinese “Plucked String” repertoire to present a unique program embracing string band music spanning centuries, a host of world cultures, and a myriad of musical genres.
The quartet is led by Mei Han, celebrated for making the Chinese zither whisper and growl, and is heralded as the “Zheng Master” (Montreal Gazette). She is joined by Guilian Liu, internationally recognized as one of the world’s premiere pipa (Chinese lute)players, Zhimin Yu, established as the only ruan (bass lute) virtuoso in North America, and award-winning multi-instrumentalist, Geling Jiang.
Consummate performers, their superb virtuosity is exemplified in performances of ancient Chinese Court music from the Tang Dynasty (618-907) to contemporary Canadian compositions, and an intriguing range of other works including Balkan, Gypsy jazz, American Old-Timey and Bluegrass. Red Chamber’s video “Redgrass” with Bluegrass mandolin luminary John Reischman became a YouTube viral hit.