Acclaimed erhu player and composer Lan Tung performs in Have Bow Will Travel as part of its virtual Dot Com Series. Photo courtesy of the artist.
Acclaimed erhu player and composer Lan Tung performs in Have Bow Will Travel as part of its virtual Dot Com Series. Photo courtesy of the artist.

The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at the University of British Columbia presents acclaimed erhu player and composer Lan Tung in Have Bow Will Travel as part of its virtual Dot Com Series.

Recorded over two days in January at the Chan Centre’s Chan Shun Concert Hall, the performance will premiere on February 26 with a virtual watch party and live chat. It will remain available for on-demand viewing until May 31.

For the concert, Tung will be joined by musicians from Vancouver-based Turning Point Ensemble to perform two world premieres for erhu and string quintet by Canadian composer Tim Brady.

“Lan is given no chords, melodies, gesture ideas, hints or clues about what to play,” explains Brady in a media release. “She is free to play absolutely anything she wants, in relation to the string music, which is fully and precisely notated. It is this powerful contrast of two different but equal approaches to music-making that is at the heart of the form and expression of the work.”

Also on the program, the whimsically named duo Have Bow Will Travel connects Tung with cellist Marina Hasselberg for a far-ranging improvisational piece and performances of New Year’s Eve by Tian Hua Liu and the traditional Chinese folk song Gan Sheng Ling (Herding Song).

“Lan Tung is a remarkable instrumentalist and prolific collaborator and interpreter whose body of artistic work has explored many creative directions across multiple genres,” says Pat Carrabré, director of the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts in the release. “We’re really excited to share a brand new concert that beautifully demonstrates her talent and range, including not one but two world premieres by composer Tim Brady and mesmerizing improvisations between Lan and cellist Marina Hasselberg.”

The Vancouver-based artistic director of Orchid Ensemble, Sound of Dragon Music Festival, and Proliferasian, Tung transposes Chinese musical foundations to new contexts, adding Hindustani, Uyghur, and Mongolian influences as well as various avant-garde approaches. The award-winning musician has appeared as a soloist with symphonies across Canada and has toured extensively throughout the world. Her compositions and performances have been featured in many collaborations and recordings.

Lan Tung: Have Bow Will Travel begins streaming online on February 26 at 7:00 pm PST with a virtual watch party and live chat and will remain available for on-demand viewing until May 31. Following the premiere, there will be a live artist talk with Lan Tung, composer Tim Brady, and Chan Centre Director Pat Carrabré via Zoom. Visit chancentre.com for tickets and information.