Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Lei Liang, Stephen Drury, Arditti String Quartet|
Lei Liang: Brush-Stroke
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Alexandre Lunsqui | NYC, NY | 10/09/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"When listening to Lei Liang's CD ("Brush-Stroke"), an image suddenly came to mind: the figure of a diamond. Following this image, I tried to envisage the itinerary of these pieces, from their initial ideas, where the sonic material is still uncut, to their final forms, where each facet of their crystal-like structures is carefully engraved. But complex shapes and rich palettes of colors and textures would be meaningless if they were not part of something of a much higher order. And here I am talking about POETRY, which is how Lei Liang's music resonates in my ears."
An Emerging Force to be Reckoned With!
William A. Verdone | NYC | 09/04/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Lei Liang's music is completely captivating and this listener can only wish for more of his music to be "out there." The 10 compositions on this CD are magnificent, and for me in particular, the one called "Brush-Stroke," is an 11 minute masterpiece! The tonalities he uses, the evocative mixtures of sound and voice, spun in a gossamer web of nuance, then creating an eruption of sound - then "vanishing into the void" is nothing less than brilliant! "Serashi Fragments" is uneasy music, full of darkness, mystery, and drama, and is a "tour de force" in string composition, incorporating Bartok pizzicato's, glissando's, and amazing harmonics. As I mentioned before, Lei Liang is an up and coming dynamo on the Contemporary Music scene, and all of us who enjoy his music, his compositional style and orchestration, and his superb musicianship look forward to more exciting and truly original pieces written for a variety of instrumental combinations. I, for one, will always sing his praises, promote his music, and will make it a point to attend concerts where his music will be featured. Listen to him, and you will be musically rewarded. An emerging force -- indeed!
William A. Verdone"
Snockeling VS Deep Sea Diving
Guanlong Cao | 09/02/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Snorkeling VS Deep Sea Diving
Most tourists attracted to tropical resorts like of Jamaica, Barbados, Bahamas, love snorkeling. It is fun. Breathing through a tube a couple of feet under the surface, peering a few more feet down: the crystal blue water, the flickering light, the waving sea weeds, the cruising schools of fish... they are as happy and content as crabs.
But I dare you to go deeper, much deeper. Dark, chilly, mysterious, shocking, but you will be rewarded with an unprecedented, insurmountable excitement and enlightenment.
No, I am not trying to book you up for a vocation; I am talking about Lei Liang's "Brush Stroke," a collection of pioneering instrumental music pieces.
When the CD slowly feeds into the slot, like the deep sea probe sinks, you will certainly start to feel the familiar splendid symphony hall in the Christmas season is disappearing, and a sequence of subterranean scenes are ominously developing from the dark: piano stamps like a grouchy king, violin squeaks hysterically, harpsichord runs like palace on fire, saxophone blows a whistling African tribal language extinct long ago...
Each sound, listening separately, can be unpleasant, provoking, or even annoying, but collectively, they miraculously weave into a sound wave with an unearthly harmony, yes, harmony, vibrating your archetype never been shaken before. Sort of like that you open up a dust sealed folder in an attic, exposing a yellowish picture of a young woman holding a chubby baby. That is your mother you have never seen before. You sobbed. That is the power of Liang's music.
As a writer, Liang's music knocked the sock off me, I mean the thick sock that suffocated my frontal lobe responsible for all kinds of tricks. An entire chapter of my new novel is the direct result of listening to "Memories of XiaoXiang."
Well, after all, whatever I have said here, I bet most tourists, bragging about their wonderful snorkeling experiences, are still as happy and content as crabs. Why go deeper?
Guanlong Cao, author of "The Attic", University of California Press"