The traditional music of guzheng (Chinese plucked zither) and erhu (Chinese fiddle) will be rearranged and performed with a contemporary sound by renowned musicians in "Chan Klang Fah" (Moon in the Night Sky) at Thailand Cultural Centre from Aug 5 to 8.
Renowned musicians Li Yang on guzheng and Li Hui on erhu will give a duet performance.
"It's a rare chance to see it accompanied by erhu," said Panadda Lertlam-amphai, the organiser. The guzheng is usually performed solo or as part of a big band.
Li Yang will open the performance with four songs composed in the 1980s with the ambience of Xichuan county. These are Berk Arun (Before dawn), Pak Tung-pha Bu-nga (Crafting a bag), Rengreeb Pai Talad Nad (Going to the flea market) and Prachan Ti Yian Kang.
Panadda said these songs portray the conventional lifestyle of Xichuan people. Pak Tung-pha Bu-nga shows how a girl collects dried flowers and packs them into a crafted bag for her boyfriend. The second half of the show will be four recently-composed songs devoted to the moon and the darkness. These have been composed and arranged with modern sounds in mind.
The guzheng has evolved from a five-string instrument to 13, 16, 18, 20, and 21 strings, balancing the traditional sound and fit in with the Western music, explained Panadda.
Having resided in Thailand since 1990, renowned guzheng artist Li Yang has provided musical instruction to HRH Princess Chulabhorn since 2000. The artist has performed around the world including France, Italy, Japan, and Russia and with BSO in Thailand, and also released a duet album, guzheng and erhu, with erhu artist and composer Li Hui. Proceeds will go to the Foundation for Consumers.
Four shows are at 7.30pm on Aug 5 to 8. Tickets are available at Thai Ticket Major booth, priced at 2,500, 2,000, 1,500, 1,000, and 500 baht for students with ID cards. Call 02-262-3456.