#3475: Music Based on East Asian Stories

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For this New Sounds listen to ambitious works inspired by East Asian storytelling.  There’s music based on one of the classic Chinese epic tales – “Monkey,” as retold and done up by Damon Albarn (of the Brit- pop band Blur, and of the animated rock band, Gorillaz), and Jamie Hewlett with many other participants.  “Monkey: Journey to the West” is a mammoth music theatre work/hybrid opera performed in Mandarin and features over 50 Chinese acrobats, martial arts experts and a team of tiny contortionists.

Plus, there’s music from Chinese alternative rocker Song Yuzhe, operating under the name DaWangGang, who has made an unexpected and bewildering combination of Chinese opera & folk, with throat-singing, Buddhist chant, & the horsehair fiddle, to boot.   Also, listen to music by the late saxophone player Fred Ho that draws on martial arts films, Japanese manga and anime.

PROGRAM # 3475, Based on East Asian stories (First aired on 6/4/2013)                                                               

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DaWangGang

Wild Tune Stray Rhythm

Meeting Two Wizards On the Mountain Road [6:06]
Talking About Birds [4:57]

Jaro 4312
www.jaro.de or dawanggang.com

Damon Albarn/Jamie Hewlett

Monkey: Journey to the West

Disappearing Volcano [6:09]
Monkey Bee [5:01]

XL Records, #388. www.monkeyjourneytothewest.com or www.xlrecordings.com

Fred Ho

Deadly She-Wolf Assassin  at Armageddon

In A Silent Way I Seek My Prey  [5:26]
Colonel Ulysses Sam Armageddon [4:27]
Qaseem the Killing Machine [6:13]

Big Red Media / Innova - #788
www.innova.mu

Tan Dun, featuring Yo-Yo Ma.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; Eternal Vow; Silk Road [9:12]

Sony Classical #89347
Available at Amazon.com,
iTunes or Emusic.com