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Vancouver’s Orchid Ensemble Thurs 4th Oct at the The Music Room, Halifax

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Since their memorable Halifax performance during the 2003 Atlantic Jazz Festival, Orchid Ensemble have been busy performing and recording, garnering the multi instrumental and multi talented trio awards and accolades from around the world. Their 2004 album, Road to Kashgar, earned the trio a Juno nomination for World Music Album of the Year, and a Western Canadian Music Award nomination for outstanding instrumental recording. On Thursday October 4th at 8pm in The Music Room, Orchid Ensemble return to Halifax, weaving intriguing musical tapestries on a myriad of ancient Chinese instruments. Tickets are on sale now, and are available from JazzEast. Call 492 2225 or purchase online at www.jazzeast.com. Tickets are $20 / $15 for students, seniors and JazzEast members. This concert is presented by JazzEast, producers of the TD Canada Trust Atlantic Jazz Festival.

The Orchid Ensemble blends ancient musical instruments and traditions from China and beyond, creating a beautiful new sound that is both creative and distinct. Blending the traditional and contemporary music of China with jazz and creative improvisation that yields a distinct world music sound, Orchid Ensemble are praised for being “the very essence of 'Canadian music'… criss-crossing both time and space, spanning over 2,000 years of cultural inspiration and influence, and reaching across China, India, and Persia." - Heidi McKenzie, Whole Note Magazine

The three members of Orchid Ensemble: Lan Tung, who has performed with Huun Huur Tu (Tuva), Baka Beyond (UK), Khac Chi Ensemble (Vietnam) and Hossam Shaker (Egypt), Gelina Jiang and Jonathan Bernard employ a myriad of ancient instruments including the erhu, zheng, marimba, and a host of other percussion instruments including: dumbek, def (frame drum), pai-gu (set of 5 Chinese tuned drums), udu (Nigerian percussion pot), Tibetan bells, zils (Egyptian finger cymbals), Turkish bells, kempul (Javanese gamelan gongs), Buddhist temple bowls, Chinese wind gong, Sichuan opera cymbals, Beijing opera gongs and cymbals, crotales, Chinese temple blocks, ban (Chinese wooden opera clapper), American wood blocks, African log drum, for a performance that is an utterly exhilarating exchange between Western and Asian musicians.

www.orchidensemble.com

Show starts 8pm. Tickets are on sale now, available from JazzEast. Call 492 2225 or purchase online at www.jazzeast.com

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