"Cloud River Mountain" by Gong Linna on iTunes

7 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Some truly magical sounds here as Chinese vocal star Gong Linna, singing in Mandarin as well as English, joins the Bang on a Can All-Stars in music by Lao Luo working alongside the ensemble’s founding artistic directors Julia Wolfe, David Lang and Michael Gordon. So many styles of music collide here to glorious effect as East meets West in a multi-colored, vividly textured stream of sound. Chinese myths, tales of gods and shamans provide the theme for a magnificently sung and played album.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Some truly magical sounds here as Chinese vocal star Gong Linna, singing in Mandarin as well as English, joins the Bang on a Can All-Stars in music by Lao Luo working alongside the ensemble’s founding artistic directors Julia Wolfe, David Lang and Michael Gordon. So many styles of music collide here to glorious effect as East meets West in a multi-colored, vividly textured stream of sound. Chinese myths, tales of gods and shamans provide the theme for a magnificently sung and played album.

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Customer Reviews

Bizarre but splendid

Wyo_SB,

You can hear two different approaches to convey a Chinese feeling. One is the new classical Chinese approach, by Lao Luo(who, surprisingly, is a German), the other is "Chinese music as imagined by the West", by musicians from Bang on a Can. I like the ones that are sung in Chinese better, because somehow the melody and lyrics are more compatible. Buy this, it's totally worth every penny!

About Gong Linna

With her distinctive and highly expressive vocal style, Chinese singer Gong Linna became widely known for both her efforts in preserving traditional Chinese song forms and in furthering the development of New Chinese Art Music. A native of Guiyang City in the Guizhou Province, she studied at the China Conservatory of Music in Beijing, becoming well-versed in folk songs, classical, and opera, making her concert debut as a soloist in 1999. In 2002, Linna met German composer and future husband Robert Zollitsch -- known in China as Lao Luo -- and together they formed an artistic partnership that explored various facets of world music fusion, avant-garde, and the field study of traditional ethno-musicological songs. In addition to her work with Luo, she began to compose her own lyrics, which were often set to traditional music. Through a number of acclaimed recordings and performances, Linna's reputation grew, though it was a 2010 video performance of her song "Tan Te" that brought her widespread popularity. A virtuosic vehicle for her vocal talents, the quick-paced, whimsical, wordless song combines many of the standard voices from Chinese opera as well as vocal mimicry of Chinese instruments and was captured on a television performance that went viral throughout China. Linna has also collaborated with Portuguese fado musician António Chainho and respected New York classical-jazz-rock fusion collective Bang on a Can All-Stars, with whom she released the 2017 album Cloud River Mountain. ~ Timothy Monger

  • ORIGIN
    Guiyang, Guizhou
  • BORN
    Aug 1, 1975

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