Xuefei Yang   Si Ji

Xuefei Yang    Si Ji (Four Seasons) CD $19.98

   Si Ji in Chinese is Four Seasons. We have chosen it to be the title of this "China" inspired album. I hope this disc will leave you with an image of variety and diversity of colors, like the four seasons.

   As a musician, I feel a responsibility to communicate between different cultures and people through my music. As an artist from China, I would like to infuse the culture of my country in my music. As a guitarist, I hope to make a small contribution towards expanding the guitar repertoire, exploring new possibilities and enriching the techniques for the instrument.

   The guitar originated in the Middle East, halfway between China and the West. Chinese culture is refined, poetic, expressive and adaptable, like Chinese painting. These virtues can be usefully applied to the guitar. I was struck by the possibilities of the instrument after recording this CD how ideas from the east have helped in exploring and enriching what is essentially western music.

   I make music from my heart as always, and I hope that you will respond in a similar way.

Xuefei Yang (from the liner notes)

"...a new classic recording,... a compelling new artist" John Martin, Guitart Magazine


1 Yi Dance (W. Huiran)
2 Shepherd Boy with Flute (H. Luting)
3 Intonation (D. Ungerrank)
4 Long Out-stretched Pier with its Shadow (D. Ungerrank)
5 Wind on the Hill (D. Ungerrank)
6 Waiting for Guests (D. Ungerrank)
7 Land Circus (D. Ungerrank)
8 Heavenly Bird (traditional)
9 Lantern Song (traditional)
10 Mayila (traditional)
11 Meditation No. 2 (E. Hirschelman)
12 Meditation No. 1 (E. Hirschelman)
13 The Blue Kite (S. Goss)
14 Yellow Earth (S. Goss)
15 Farewell My Concubine (S. Goss)
16 I Ching No. 1 (C. Domeniconi)
17 I Ching No. 3 (C. Domeniconi)
18 I Ching No. 4 (C. Domeniconi)
19 I Ching No. 5 (C. Domeniconi)
20 I Ching No. 6 (C. Domeniconi)
21 I Ching No. 7 (C. Domeniconi)
22 South China Sea Peace (S.Funk Pearson)
23 Spring (T. Rougier) 24Summer (T. Rougier)
25 Autumn (T. Rougier) 26Winter (T. Rougier)

   "Xuefei's keen sensitivity to her own culture brings an authenticity to this all Chinese inspired recording that is unique, and quite beautiful. The techniques used include rather harsh back of the nail strumming (very appropriate in replicating the plectrum style playing of much of the Eastern repertoire), stunning tremolos, lush and beautifully shaped melodic textures, microtonal string bends, twisted string drum rolls, dual tuning prepared instrumentation, and many more effects that will definitely open your ears to this vital and compelling music. Dean Kamei, as producer and engineer, has once again created a new classic recording and introduced a compelling new artist into our midst." John Martin, Guitart Magazine

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