MP3 Jenny Zhang - Duet with George Gao
World music with Asian taste composed and performed by the dynamic duo Jenny Zhang and George Gao. Jenny Zhang is a Canadian-Chinese singing sensation and George Gao is one of the best erhu masters in the world today.
10 MP3 Songs
WORLD: Asian, EASY LISTENING: Love Songs
The erhu is an ancient, bowed, two-stringed instrument. Since there is no fingerboard, finger pressure is a critical part of the erhu technique. The instrument is thus capable of tremendous tonal flexibility and expressiveness.
George Gao began studying the erhu at the age of six, a few years later, he won First Prize at the Shanghai Junior Instrumental Soloist Competition and a Silver Medal at the China National Junior Instrumental Soloist Contest in 1982. In 1985 he swept the three highest prizes of the Beijing China National Invitational erhu Competition.
In 1999, He won a Recognition Award for his appearance at the 13th World Festival for Young Students in Pyongyang, North Korea. George Gao studied at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.
After winning the first prize in the Beijing National Erhu Competition, he launched on a truly international performing career. He toured the US, Canada, France, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong and China extensively and featured as a soloist with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, Taiwan National Chinese Orchestra, National Arts Center Symphony Orchestra, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and I Musici. George Gao has also performed many recitals, including appearances at the Glenn Gould Studio, the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto), City Hall Concert Hall (Hong Kong), and the National Concert Hall (Taipei). Billions of people around the world have watched him on CCTV, China''s most watched TV station.
George Gao is a hot session player, his erhu performance is frequently recorded by many world renowned composers, film, record producers. George is featured in the soundtrack for the popular science fiction television program Earth: Final Conflict, which has been nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Main Title Theme Music.
An enthusiast of many musical styles, George organized the Beijing rock band Red Maple Leaf and the pop group Snowman. In Toronto, he collaborated with many world music artists including Jesse Cook, Donald Quan, Ron Korb and joined many world music ensembles such as Silk Orchestra, Earth Spirit Orchestra, George Gao Ensemble and Memento. He has pioneered the development of new music for the erhu, fusing traditional Chinese music with jazz, Western Classical music, New Age, and other ethnic music from different world cultures.
As a composer, George has composed music for many films and documentaries. Recently, he cocomposed with Brian Keane for Bill Moyer''s Productions/Lenon Documentary 3 part documentary film "Becoming American, the Chinese Experience". He is also a songwriter who has a few hit songs in China. He has written many erhu works including "Capriccio for Erhu", which was designated as compulsory work for the final round of the 2002 "International Dragon Cup Erhu Competition".
Jenny Zhang, singer, actress
Jenny Zhang has won numerous singing awards in China and has been extremely well received during her performances in areas such as Beijing, Qingdao, Handan, Shizhuang and inner Mongolia. After emigrating to Canada, she has been invited to perform in concerts and festivals in many cities such as Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary, Quebec, St. John and Toronto. Internationally, she performed in Japan, Hong Kong, China, United States, etc. Combining a mellow maturity with a sense of spontaneity that is both sweet and mellifluous, Jenny''s richly colourful singing style is loved by her audiences. Backed by her expertise of Chinese music combined with never ending quest of learning new styles, she has developed her own style of singing of which is so emotional, dramatic and characteristic.
Jenny has recorded many sound tracks including "Relic Hunter", "Landing" and "Yellow wedding". She is a celebrity in the Chinese community and performed numerously. In 1997, she was invited as an honored guest of Chinese International New Talent Competition. In 2000, Jenny adjudicated this competition.