The Silk Road Project

Performance

The Silk Road Project

Grant Street Theatre
Grant Street Theatre
Grant Street

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The Silk Road is a work by composer David Shea involving traditional Chinese instruments, experimental electronic music, voice, percussion, and other ritual instruments. Based on stories and sections of the ancient Silk Road – the trading route between Xian, the capital of China, and the Roman Empire – this work creates a virtual journey across landscapes, time period and technologies ancient and modern.

Mindy Wong, Speak Percussion, David Shea and a group of Interactive Composition students from the Conservatorium feature in this performance, scored for GuZheng, Er- Hu, Sampler and Electronics, Percussion and Voice

Traditional Chinese music combines with rituals based on Buddhist and Taoist traditions in conversation with new 'western' contemporary elctro-acoustic music and new experimental and theatrical musical techniques. Described often as a 'soundtrack without a film', Shea's work combines modern techniques of sound collage and experimental new music with ancient technologies and Asian traditional concepts and music.