Touring in Australia from May to June, five eminent artists from The Imperial Bells of China presented a captivating Chinese traditional music performance to the Sydney public, featuring their newly designed program, Chime Music and Dance.
Recognised as a significant contribution to the heritage of Chinese music, The Chime of Bells reflects the strong representation of bells in ancient China, particularly in ritual music from the Bronze Age onward, perceived as an essential component of instrumental ensembles.
“This performance is absolutely stunning, and China Cultural Centre has indeed brought us a wonderful Chinese cultural experience”, said Virginia Judge, former Minister for the Arts.
Filled with songs, dances, and instrumental pieces, Chime Music and Dance is reminiscent of the ensemble of eight sounds (characterized by the different ancient musical instrument materials – metal, stone, silk, bamboo, gourd, clay, skin, and wood) played via more than ten Chu instruments for the modern audiences. These sounds of nature, together, deliver common historical scenes such as sacrificial rites, farming, wars, and royal banquets to the listeners.
“It’s a great honor and pleasure to appreciate such amazing Chinese music, I hope there will be more exchange and cooperation between Sydney Conservatorium of Music and China Cultural Centre in the future,” said Professor Anna Reid, Acting Dean and Principal of Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
Over the 15 years from 1983 to 1998, Chime Music and Dance has been performed successfully more than 1,000 times in the U.S., Canada, Singapore, Luxembourg, Japan and 52 other countries and regions, achieving great reputation and deeply enjoyed by worldwide audiences.
After the performance, one Sydney couple came up on stage, closely observing each musical instrument and commented:“ This is our first time to experience Chinese traditional music, we very much enjoyed the performance and look forward to seeing more of this in the future.”