The renowned composer and performance group, the Liu Sola and Friends Ensemble, have released their newest LP album, “Celebration of Darkness and Light.” The record comprises nine original tracks for a total listening time of over an hour. It has been published on the Also Beijing music label. Inspiring, haunting, full of life, sonic texture and emotional complexity, “Celebration of Darkness and Light” by the Liu Sola and Friends Ensemble is evidence that Ms. Sola’s art is as intriguing and remarkable as ever before.
The “Celebration of Darkness and Light” LP is variously categorized as world music or international music in the western world. It is better described as Chinese contemporary classical music, though Liu Sola is well-known and respected worldwide for her unique and avant-garde style, laced with traditional eastern motifs and instrumentation.
In addition to the masterful singing and performance of Sola, herself, “Celebration of Darkness and Light” features the talents of Qiao Jia, Ma Rui, Cheng Yuyu, Bai Minghui, Yang Ji-er, Yang Jing, Zhang Yangsheng, Chen Suchao, Li Zhengui, and Liu Yijun.
Sola founded her Liu Sola and Friends Ensemble in 2003 with support from HKW Germany (House of World Cultures). The ensemble is a group of China’s best instrumental soloists and was created with the aim of performing Liu Sola’s compositions, and has become a noted staple of festivals around the globe. They have played for numerous modern dance and film soundtracks, such as the award-winning dance and music drama, “Jue – Awaken,” and the award-winning film, “Thirteen Princes.”
The Ensemble has lately taken to improvisation, and in 2013 Sola began the Liu Sola and Friends Ensemble Film Soundtrack Workshop. The Workshop works with independent Chinese film directors to aid musicians in developing the skills necessary to improvise music for film scores.
Liu Sola’s musical repertoire also includes acclaimed pieces in rock, jazz, blues and other genres, as well as culturally integral operas such as “Fantasy of the Red Queen” and “The Affterlife of Li Jiantong.”
“Celebration of Darkness and Light” by the Liu Sola and Friends Ensemble is available online worldwide. Get in early.
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