In the heart of every song is a story, a tale of tradition, emotions, and an echo of culture. On September 22nd, 2023, the world was introduced to two such stories, in the form of “Joy” and “Glory”, the latest from the eminent “Song of the Drum” series. Crafted with love and artistry by the inimitable Yun Fei, these masterpieces bring a wave of “Zhong Guo Feng” – the contemporary embodiment of Chinese musical heritage.
If you’re unfamiliar with Yun Fei, the planner, composer, and drummer extraordinaire, let’s delve a bit into her rich tapestry. Hailing from the Tianjin Conservatory of Music in China, Fei’s grasp over Yang Qin and Chinese percussion has honed her unique style of performance. From her partnership with Mr. Su Yang in “Dance with Horse Lantern” to the establishment of the “East Glory Chinese Music Centre” in Canada, Yun Fei’s musical journey is one of consistent evolution, exploration, and excellence. Songs like “Drum Zen”, “Dance of Horse Lantern”, and “Legend of Chinese Dragon” reflect her deft touch in blending traditional and modern, Chinese and Western, and classical and popular sounds.
But it’s not just Fei’s prowess on the drum that commands attention. The “Song of the Drum” series is a collaboration of extraordinary talents. The Zheng, a symbol of China’s age-old musical history and fondly referred to as “the king of all music”, finds its soul in the fingers of Ping Jiao. As a member of the Chinese Musicians Association and the Chinese National Orchestra Society, Ping Jiao brings to the series a depth that is truly unparalleled.
Then there’s the Erhu, played with finesse by Amely Zhou. The Erhu, a stringed instrument with origins in the Tang Dynasty, carries with it tales of epochs gone by. Zhou’s masterful artistry, recognized globally, adds a dimension to the songs that’s both lyrical and lively.
Finally, there’s the Dizi or bamboo flute, an integral component of Chinese folk music. Breathed to life by Lipeng Wu, the instrument weaves a tapestry of sounds that transport listeners to the landscapes of China. Wu’s contributions in the fusion band “Spire” showcase his versatility and commitment to music.
Central to the appeal of “Joy” and “Glory” is the essence of “Zhong Guo Feng”. This modern cultural movement in China’s entertainment realm is a bridge between the old and new, harmonizing traditional instruments like guzheng, pipa, dizi, and erhu with modern music’s sensibilities. It’s not just about the sounds but also the visual aesthetic. From music videos to album art, the presence of traditional Chinese art and attire like Hanfu creates an immersive experience. And while many artists have dabbled in this style, few have made the impact that Yun Fei has, channeling her emotions, experiences, and expertise into every note.
Recorded and synthesized by the acclaimed Osmanthus Music Studio Canada, “Joy” and “Glory” represent more than just two songs. They are an ode to China’s rich musical history, a testament to the talents of Yun Fei and her team, and a beacon for the future of “Zhong Guo Feng”. In a world that’s increasingly global, these songs serve as a poignant reminder of the beauty of tradition, culture, and heritage. They invite listeners to embark on a journey – one that’s both auditory and visual, tangible and transcendent.
So, as the drumbeats of “Joy” and “Glory” resonate across continents, let’s celebrate the maestros behind them and the spirit of “Zhong Guo Feng” that they bring alive. Because, in the end, it’s not just about the music; it’s about the legacy.