Sunday, February 2, 2014

CD Review – Elixir: Music for Moving & Still Meditation, by Yang Ying

East meets West in this entrancing fusion of Chinese and American music.

Yang Ying – who was the featured soloist with the Central Song and Dance Ensemble, China's premier traditional musical and dance troupe, for 18 years and also founded, played bass, and sang lead vocals for Cobra, the first all-female rock band in China – composed the tunes, which feature her primary instrument of erhu, a two-stringed bowed spike fiddle or southern fiddle also known as the Chinese fiddle or a Chinese two-stringed fiddle, in combination with synthesizers.

The result is a dreamy concoction of ethnic sounds juxtaposed with high-tech tones that create a sense of peace and tranquility that is soothing and refreshing.

This album will be of special interest to aficionados of ethnocentric world music.

--Raj Manoharan

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