Sharing of the New and Fusion of the Diverse

--- Prelude to the 11th Shanghai New Music Week 2018

April 15. 2018


Key Words

There are eight key words for Shanghai New Music Week: portrait, modernity, premiere, residence, diversity, internationality, education and tradition.



The theme of Shanghai New Music Week 2018 is highlighting the fusion of some of these key elements or, to be more exact, the fusion of tradition and modernity, of the eastern and the western, and of China and the rest of the world, which is fully reflected in the Opening Concert and Resident composers Concert by South Korean Symphony S.O.N.G., Bright Sheng Concert Portrait by Dutch New European Ensemble, New String quartet works from China & France by French Quatuor Akilone, Hosokawa and Isang Yun Concert Portrait and Unsuk Chin Concert Portrait by Hong Kong New Music Ensemble. These concerts are suffused with what is described in these key words modernity, portrait, residence, internationality, diversity and premiere. Diversity, internationality, portrait and modernity also find themselves prominent in New Music from North America by Canadian Ensemble Soundstreams, Frédéric Pattar Concert Portrait and Gérard Pesson Concert Portrait by French L’Instant Donné, Kaija Saariaho Concert Portrait by Dutch New European Ensemble and Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf’s Piano works Concert by Ermis Theodorakis. And many issues on new music criticism are bound to arouse a heated debate between the New York Times music critic Steve Smith and Swiss Contrechamps editor-in-chief and music critic Philippe Albera, both internationally celebrated, at the International New Music Critics Forum while tradition speaks for itself both in Cheng Qiaoqiaos movie Tracking the Sound and the brilliant Concert of Pingshun Cao Gaobang Bayinhui Folk Music from Shanxi Province, the latter even witnessing how craze and joy can be contagiously evoked by Chinese folk music when the folk musicians are lost in their own performance.



The 11th New Music week 2018 strives to share whats new in modern music world and serves as a perfect fusion of diverse sounds from the human heart.



WEN Deqing

Artistic Director

Shanghai New Music Week


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