Call for performers/performing groups in the Shanghai World Music Festival 2014.
The Shanghai World Music Festival 2014 will be held in October 2014. All performers and performing groups specializing in World Music, Folk Music or Ethnic Music are welcome to submit a proposal to perform in this festival. Interested parties please contact the Shanghai World Music Festival organizing committee at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Do give us a biography of yourself or your group, give us your contact, let us know what you do, as well as what items you would like to perform. Do also provide us with recordings or links to recordings, video or audio. Shortlisted applicants will be notified either by email or phone. Thank you.
World music is an art that transcends peoples and cultures. It is formed outside the Western Classical tradition; from the essence of the various musics around the world, forged from the spirit of traditional music, the context of the music of the folk, and the zeitgeist of modern music and musical creativity. It blends tradition and composition from the various races and creeds around the world, and is an artistic microcosm, which celebrates the diversity we have in our world. It also brings together the various intangible cultural heritage items of different parts of the world and introduces them to an audience that would not otherwise know them.
In the West, World music has already had a wide outreach, not including a myriad of audiences, but also the advocacy of UNESCO through its listing of some performance traditions as Intangible Cultural Heritage items. Hence there are frequent and regular events featuring world music; recordings are also easily available.
World music can be said to be the genre best suited for China to show its uniqueness to the world, yet accept the challenges of globalisation. In the words of Zhang Pei-ren, the godfather of Taiwanese rock music, “World music can rock the audience beyond their wildest imagination, hence we must greatly promote it!”
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The world-class khoomei group who links prairie and soul: Huun-Huur-Tu
Huun-Huur-Tu is the premier Tuvan musical group and the world’s top throat-singing ensemble. Huun-Huur-Tu is described as the most natural sound to the deep soul. Huun-Huur-Tu has cooperated with world-class musicians like Frank Zappa and Ry Cooder. Huun-Huur-Tu has successfully toured all over the world since it was created 20 years ago.
Huun-Huur-Tu means the vertical separation of light rays that you often see out on the grasslands just after sunrise or just before sunset, which matches very well with the spirit of the group. As early as 1993, Huun-Huur-Tu toured in the US, causing an upsurge of khoomei there. In 1999, Huun-Huur-Tu cooperated with some scholars of ethnic anthropology including Michael Edgerton and Ted Levin. Their cooperation gave birth to some important works of Central Asian ethnology. Thanks to the efforts of these musicians and scholars, “khoomei center” was founded in America and related organizations have been founded in Europe to protect khoomei.