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Friday, March 20, 2009
Cantonese Music -vvz

March 7th was one of those rare Saturdays when I don't have Tai Chi practice. The Tai Chi competition had already begun. Some of my classmates had events that night and mine was on the next day. No point tiring ourselves out. I took the night off to relax and listen to some traditional Cantonese music.

It was the second night of a two night concert by some guest musicians from China. Many of the tunes were familiar to me, such as 《彩云追月》(band people will recognize it from Moonlight Kungfu), 《平湖秋月》(I'm still looking for the piano score for this) and 《旱天雷》(the default teahouse music in Wong Fei Hong movies). It was a pity they only performed 《满江红》 on the first night; I was hoping to hear that.

The highlights of the show were the items that feature famous Gaohu player 李肇芳 and Cantonese music vocalist 梁玉嵘, who is the 4th generation successor of the 星腔 style of singing. I'm no Chinese orchestra expert but I thought the gaohu solos were very good. The singing was expressive and I enjoyed it very much. Regretfully, I didn't understand 80% of what was sung (thanks to the policies of some ang moh pai politicians who think that the worth of a language is purely based on its economic value).

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