专辑简介 / Album Introduction
Music is born in people’s mind. Sound exists in the sequence of thoughts.
As the most important components of all percussion instruments, drums do not produce musical sound but why do they remain percussion fanciers’ favorite? Why are drums the most significant instrument on the battlefield for enhancing troop morale? I believe this is because drums can connect with our minds and thoughts by easily interpreting human being’s emotions and sensory pleasures, with their beats and rhythms.
Then how can we create an album of emotions and sensory pleasures for China’s percussion fanciers? This is the question that I’ve been thinking for 10 years and this album finally provides me the answer to it. Take Drum Poetry for example, its acoustic volume embodies the deep and low frequency of drums. It also forms a conversation between group and solo performance with the bounce and silhouette of the drum head. Another example comes from War Hero Galloping on Battlefield, where its climax fully portraits an image of a war hero who fights gallantly on the horseback with the performance of drums, gongs and cymbals. Last but not least, Ancient Chimes: Qi, Yu and Mao tells story with percussion performances and combines illusory with reality with large gongs. The recurrence and sublimation of these instruments are the annotation of DR Classics’s recording concepts and techniques. Let’s turn on the player and turn up the volume to discover the truth of Drum Strikes.
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This is a masterpiece of classical Chinese percussion intended for group performance of multiple Chinese drums with different techniques. The lead drum’s deep timbre echoes with the tones of row drums and large tupans and reflects China’s cultural spirit and characteristics.
Composer ZHOU Long produced Ancient Chimes: Qi, Yu and Mao, a solo divertimento of combined percussion formed by three chapters in the middle of 1980’s. The composer chooses a myriad of Chinese traditional percussion instruments such as large tupan, row drums, wood block, wooden knocker, bell, suspension cymbal, bell set, ten-surface gong, wind gong, large high-side gong and large sieve, and blends them with melodic western percussion instruments including small glockenspiel and tubular bells to formulate this piece of work.
War Hero Galloping on Battlefield was created for a Chinese folk percussion group of one solo performer and five accompaniment artists. It combines Chinese traditional folk percussion with modern composing techniques and manages to utilize new performing methods over folk percussion, depicting an image of a war hero who fights gallantly on the horseback.
Advancer was commissioned for YIN Fei and other members of the Strikeast Percussion Ensemble, whose name shares its meaning, Strikeast Percussion Ensemble. Advancer fuses Chinese drum and se zither with duet and concerto of both Chinese and western instruments. While paying attention to China’s traditional arts, it also pays tribute to the diversity of the percussion arts. In this way, keeps going forward to make progress while unfolding the splendid chapters of the Chinese civilization.