“One of the brightest blossoms on the world music scene” – Georgia Straight
“Orchid Ensemble defines the very essence of ‘Canadian music’ “ – Whole Note
“With exceptional musicianship and its flair for experimentation, Orchid Ensemble is bravely bridging musical divides”
“Extending and expounding on ancient traditions, … the trio instead tends to extend established forms with improvisational ideas, acute listening skills, a flair for understated drama, and a sharing of sonic tones unheard in this kind of ethnic fusion”. – iTune review – BUY CDs
The 3rd Sound of Dragon Music Festival, Vancouver
April 5 & 6, 2018, 8pm Annex Theatre – Turning Point Ensemble (Vancouver) & Little Giant Chinese Chamber Orchestra (Taiwan) The ensembles come together to perform a different repertoire each night.
April 7, 2018, 8pm Roundhouse – 21 Strings Plus (Vancouver) with special guest Xian Wen Hu (China)
April 8, 2018, Annex Theatre – Sound of Dragon Ensemble (Vancouver) & Toronto Chinese Orchestra Chamber Players (Toronto)
Produced by Lan Tung, Sound of Dragon Music Festival is Vancouver’s first festival devoted to “Chinese music”, showcasing very diverse musical styles: ancient folk and classical repertoire, contemporary compositions, jazz, world, fusion, and avant-garde improvisation in solo, chamber, and orchestral performances. While presenting authentic traditional music, the festival promotes creativity and innovation in imaginative new ensembles and projects, utilizing unusual cross-cultural instrumentations. By presenting musicians, ensembles and composers from different ethnicities, nationalities, and musical genres, Sound of Dragon re-defines “Chinese music” and reflects Vancouver’s growing multicultural environment, representing a highly creative music scene.
Music of the Heavens – Orchid Ensemble 20th Anniversary
8pm Thursday Nov 23 Norman Rothstein Theatre, Vancouver, BC
7:30pm Thursday Nov 30, Mary Irwin Theatre, Rotary Centre for the Arts, Kelowna BC.
Collaborating with media artists Aleksandra Dulic & Kenney Newby, and composers John Oliver & Stefan Smulovitz, the Orchid Ensemble will perform in the inter-disciplinary project telling stories about the stars from different cultural perspectives.
Lan Tung’s Proliferasian featuring Xiao Fen Min
FREE, July 1, 2017, 12-1:15pm Performance Works, Granville Island
Vancouver International Jazz Festival
Led by Lan Tung erhu/voice, Proliferasian performs cutting-edge music rooted in Chinese traditions and avant-garde jazz, mixing rhythmic intricacy with the fluid spontaneity of improvisation. Hailed by The New York Times as “a pipa player like no other,” special guest Xiaofen Min “has taken her ancient Chinese string instrument into the future” (Village Voice). With JP Carter trumpet/electronics, Colin Cowan bass, Ron Samworthguitar, Bernie Arai drums.
Orchid Ensemble’s 4th CD “From A Dream” featuring works by Dorothy Chang, Jin Zhang, and Farshid Samandari, will be released in 2017.
Orchid Ensemble Spring 2017 Tour covers Michigan, Kentucky, Wisconsin, including the collaboration with Nadine Deleury (cello) & Velda Kelly (violin) artistic directors of Chamber Music at the Scarab Club in Detroit and with the Michigan Tech Chamber Singers inHoughton.