Over the past two weeks (4 - 14 July '18) I had the privilege of being part of a Shanghai Conservatory of Music trip to Guizhou, China, as a visitor from Royal College of Music. The purpose of the trip was primarily to expose post-graduate conservatoire students to village music-making cultures (so that such awareness might rub off on their academic and creative work), and secondarily, to facilitate the exchange of music-making practices and sensibilities between village and conservatoire musicians through holding joint 'volunteer service concerts' in various villages. A significant portion of this article has been submitted for an upcoming memorabilia publication by the Shanghai Conservatory; I am posting it here with the addition of photos, as well as well as more extensive thoughts regarding composition.
Interviewing Madam Wu in 三龙侗寨 Sanlong Dong Village [Photo credits: 许一]
行歌坐月 Xinggezuoyue ('Serenade under the moon') in 小黄村 Xiaohuang Village [Photo credits: 许一]
村民团结舞 Cunmin tuanjiewu ('Village mass dance') in 反排村 Fanpai Village [Photo credits: 许一]
招龙仪式 Zhaolong yishi ('Summoning the dragon') in 郎德上寨 Langdeshang Village
An attempt at transcribing 男女对歌 Nannüduige ('Antiphonal love duet')