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Monday, June 4 • 10:30pm - Tuesday, June 5 •12:00am
Music Piece 5.3

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by Mengtai Zhang & Yingjia Guo

Transplantation (2018)     &     Mengtai Zhang (artist, engineer, performer)     &     Lemon Guo (composer)          &&          The music engages with the emotional, ethnographical, and political charge of material and place. Specifically, the piece explores music reconstruction and displacement in relation to a historical movement during postwar China (After 1949). Informed by personal experience, this work raises questions of systems of dissemination and cultural appropriation. Due to the call from the Chinese government, the idea of westernization while adhering to the national essence has caused an epistemic transformation of the musical practice, and lead to a movement of reconstructing folk instruments and music system, accommodating symphonic demands. Afterwards, this movement caused serious controversy and criticism. Although the war (organized massacre) has come to a temporary end, the combats on the cultural recognition and political ideology have never stopped. This composition is inspired by such historical and political issues, combined with acoustic Xiao, digital signal processing and sample triggering in Teensy, and expressing an imagination on the post-war cultural reconstruction. Overall, this work mirrors the wider idea of postcolonial identity, but explodes the expectations of a standardized sense of oriental aesthetics.

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Mengtai Zhang

MFA Sound Art, Columbia University
MFA Sound Art, Columbia UniversityZone Sound Creatives, Taipeimengtaizhang.com
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Yingjia(Lemon) Guo

MFA Sound Art, Columbia University
Interdisciplinary artist working with voice and movement in both solo and multimedia ensemble forms.

Monday June 4, 2018 10:30pm - Tuesday June 5, 2018 12:00am EDT
Moss Arts Center - Anne and Ellen FIFE Theatre

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