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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 

UPCOMING NEWS

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 November 2018.

Sound of Dragon Ensemble & Melody of China (San Francisco)

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

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 on July 11 at Nanaimo’s Port Theatre and on July 20, 2019 at the Vancouver Playhouse.

Moshe Denburg Tribute Concert – Happy 70th Birthday! Nov 10, 2019 

The ensemble has commissioned numerous works from Canadian composer Moshe Denburg since 2001. 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. “Petals of Flame” (2012) is a major work written in a 12-beat cycle with flamenco influences. “El Ginat Egoz” (2007) brings the ensemble with a choir. Moreover, the ensemble will premiere a new work by Moshe’s nephew Canadian composer Elisha Denburg, the ensemble’s first commission from the next generation of the Denburg family.

Recent Events

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.