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“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 

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Gather Our Dispersed From The Ends of The Earth

Moshe Denburg Tribute Concert – 70th Birthday! 

4pm Sunday Nov 10, 2019 at the Annex (823 Seymour St. Vancouver, BC) BUY TICKETS

tickets $19.99 regular & $15 students/seniors/children

Orchid Ensemble celebrates the 70th birthday of its long time collaborator composer Moshe Denburg with a concert of his music. Mr. Denburg is one of the pioneers of inter-cultural music in Canada. He has written music for various combinations of instruments from different countries and founded the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra in 2001. He is passionate about bringing people together with music and plays an important role in Vancouver’s world music community. The ensemble has commissioned numerous works from Mr. Denburg. His three pieces for the ensemble’s 2001 production “Road to Kashgar” continue to be the ensemble’s most popular touring repertoire, and the recording won a JUNO nomination. “El Adon” (2009) is a 4-movement work based on sacred Jewish text. One of the movements will be a world premiere, and it is the first time all four movements are performed consecutively as a suite. “Petals of the Flame” (2012) is a major work written in a 12-beat cycle with flamenco influences, to be performed with flamenco dancer Michelle Harding. Dailin Hsieh will give the North American premiere of “In Midstream” (2010) for solo zheng/Chinese zither.  This is a rare opportunity to hear the 26-string diatonic zheng, an instrument usually with 21 strings in pentatonic tunings. Moreover, the ensemble will premiere “And gather our dispersed from the ends of the earth” (2019), a new work by Moshe’s nephew Canadian composer Elisha Denburg, the ensemble’s first commission from the next generation of the Denburg family. Dedicated to Moshe Denburg, this piece explores a melody composed by Moshe to the text of Jewish festival liturgy for an album released in 1978: “Bring our scattered ones together from among the nations, And gather our dispersed from the ends of the earth”.

New CD – From A Dream    available at CD Baby

Orchid Ensemble’s 4th CD “From A Dream”, featuring works by Dorothy Chang, Jin Zhang, and Farshid Samandari, has been released in December 2018.

Recent Events

Crossing Mountains & Seas 穿越山海經

*Two Shows Only!

1) July 11, 2019 – 7:30pm at the Port Theatre, Nanaimo, BC
presented by Crimson Coast Dance Society, InFrinGingG Dance Festival; Buy Tickets:Regular $30, CCDS Member $27, Student/Senior $25

 

2) July 20, 2019 – 8pm at the Vancouver Playhouse, Vancouver, BC
co-presented by Orchid Ensemble & Sound of Dragon Society 龍吟滄海協會, Taiwan-Canada Culture Exchange Month 台灣加拿大藝術交流月
Buy Tickets: VIP $35, Regular $25, Student/Senior $19.99

Crossing Mountains & Seas fuses together contemporary and aerial dance, contemporary music with Chinese traditions and avant-garde improvisation, against dramatic media projection with the latest video technology, crossing over modern day Canada and a magical world of pre-historic Asia as described in the ancient book Shan Hai Jing or the Classic of Mountains & Seas. The premiere is scheduled on July 11, 2019 at the Port Theatre in Nanaimo, BC and July 20, 2019 at the Vancouver Playhouse. Shan Hai Jing 山海經 is an enormous collection of ancient Chinese writings and drawings about a magical world where countless mythical creatures or hybrids of human and animals have lived in over 100 kingdoms. How the creatures in these kingdoms have lived in harmony with each other is a metaphor of an ideal multi-cultural society that we are seeking for today. To bridge between the modern day and the mythical world, the story will unfold within an imaged role-playing video game based on Shan Hai Jing. The game acts as a portal for our characters to travel between the ancient and modern worlds, the east and the west, the sea and the sky, and the reality and our imagination. 

Sound of Dragon Ensemble & Melody of China (San Francisco) May 30-June 2, 2019

Lan and Jonathan perform with Sound of Dragon Ensemble, collaborating with San Francisco based Melody of China (Vancouver debut), featuring world premieres by Dorothy Chang, Itamar Erez, and Yuan Chen Li on May 30, 2019 at the Western Front, Vancouver. www.soundofdragon.com

Orchid Ensemble Fall 2018 Maritimes Tour

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

Vancouver Bach Choir MEETS Orchid Ensemble

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. 

“Giant Project” at Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville (FIMAV)

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

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.