“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
Friday, May 4, 2018 | 8pm
St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church $30
The Orchid Ensemble and the VBC join forces in a concert featuring a distinctive blend of eastern instruments and musical styles with the western choral tradition. Repertoire include traditional Chinese music and original works by Jin Zhang, Moshe Denburg, and John Sharpley (Canada premiere), and the world premiere of Rodney Sharman’s new work for the choir.
THURSDAY MAY 17
COLISÉE A, Victoriaville, QC, Canada
Lan Tung leads the “Giant Project” to perform at the opening night of the Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville (near Montreal) in Quebec Canada. This is collaboration between her band Proliferasian and Taiwan’s Little Giant Chinese Chamber Orchestra.
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.
Strings Attached 弓在弦上 Feb 11, 2018
co-presented with the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra
3:30pm Orpheum Annex (823 Seymour Street, Vancouver, BC)
tickets: $30 VIP, $19.99 regular, $15 students/seniors/children
featuring cellist Bo Peng, Cellissimo, Lan Tung (erhu), and Richmond Delta Youth Orchestra
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.
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.
Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra Summer Academy
Vancouver Community College on July 23-29, 2018
Lan Tung and Jonathan Bernard are among the faculty of the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra’s 2nd Summer Academy for composers and players interested in exploring cross-cultural/inter-cultural music. For more information, visit www.vi-co.org
Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra 2018 Tour
Lan Tung & Jonathan Bernard tours with the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra to perform in Kalispell, Montana & Winnipeg, MB.
The repertoire includes Lan’s composition “Taste of Taiwan”, featuring Lan as a soloist. For more info, visit www.vi-co.org
Orchid Ensemble Fall 2018 Maritimes Tour
New CD – From A Dream
Orchid Ensemble’s 4th CD “From A Dream”, featuring works by Dorothy Chang, Jin Zhang, and Farshid Samandari, will be released in 2018.
Crossing Mountains & Seas – Canada Council New Chapter Grant!
The Orchid Ensemble has been awarded the Canada Council’s New Chapter Grant to collaborate with choreographers Julia Taffe and Chengxin Wei and media artist Sammy Chien to create “Crossing Mountains & Seas”, to be premiered in March 2019 at the Vancouver Playhouse.