"Summer Solstice Music Day" kicked off its first performance at Dayan Naxi Ancient Concert in Lijiang Ancient Town

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On June 11, the "Summer Solstice Music Day" opened its first performance at the Dayan Naxi Ancient Music Festival in Lijiang Ancient Town. Chinese and French musicians will perform in five Chinese cities, Lijiang, Shenyang, Wuhan, Kaiping and Shenzhen in a diversified manner.

Bai Luohua, Cultural Commissioner of the French Consulate General in Chengdu, Su Mengmeng, Cultural Project Officer of the French Consulate General in Chengdu, Yang Lingfang, Deputy Director of the Lijiang Municipal Bureau of Culture and Tourism, Mr. Li Huabi, Chairman of the Ancient City Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese, Zhang Sian, a well-known French musician, Dayan Naxi Ancient Music Society Xuan Ke and friends from all walks of life attended the performance.

In the first performance in Lijiang, Naxi ancient music "Waves and Sands" was played by French musician Zhang Sian's Zhongruan. It was soft and melodious, gentle and lingering. , Ten-faced cloud gong, Qu Xiang Pipa, Sanxian, Dizi, Luguan, etc. are integrated together in harmony and without any sense of disobedience. The melody is majestic and deep, and sometimes soft. In the field, Zhang Sian improvised a piece of "Horse Racing" together with Ruan and the musicians of the ancient music club with erhu. During the one-hour performance, Zhang Si'an played 6 traditional Naxi pieces together with Zhongruan and the musicians of the Naxi Ancient Concert.

With curly blond hair and light-colored eyes, the western-looking Frenchman Zhang Sian has a soft spot for Chinese classical musical instruments. He is one of the first foreigners in China to try to interpret songs and music in Chinese, and the first foreigner to compose and play pop music with the Chinese instrument "Zhongruan". In 20 years in China, he has created more than 60 albums. Each album, each piece of music, has its own unique flavor, but complements each other to form a rich and varied whole.

"Without the past, there is no future. Innovation can be built on inheritance. As long as it does not stick to the traditional framework, music can connect the past and the future in time, and different cultures in space." Zhang Sian said, in the impact of popular culture I hope more young people will join in and carry out more similar activities, starting from raising children.

"This summer solstice music day event, from January this year, Su Mengmeng from the French Consulate brought Zhang Sian to the Dayan Naxi Ancient Music Concert to connect with us, expressing his desire to carry out a concert integrating Chinese and Western." Xuanke Study Room The person in charge, Yang Junyuan, said that in April, when Zhang Sian came to Lijiang again, he would go to each musician's home, eat with them, discuss music with them, chat with them, and communicate with the musicians of the ancient music club every day. Through hard practice, based on Naxi ancient music, many new elements are added to traditional music to create unique music.

It is understood that the Summer Solstice Music Festival was founded in 1982 by Jacques Lang, then the French Minister of Culture, and is one of the important events of the Sino-French Cultural Spring. In 1985, the Summer Solstice Festival went out of France and spread to the world. As a cultural symbol with an international reputation, the Summer Solstice Music Day has been in China since 2006, and this year is the 15th. It provides an excellent opportunity for the nascent musical forces of the two countries to show their talents and to be known to the public, and continues to influence China and France. The music trend of the two countries naturally promotes the exchange and communication between the two cultures and arts.

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Involving musical instruments

Zhongruan (pinyin: zhōng ruǎn) is a national plucked musical instrument with a long history in China. It is a traditional plucked musical instrument of the Chinese nation. Because of the mellow, rich tone and wide range of sound, Ruan has become the main instrument in solo, ensemble, and duet in ancient times; in modern times, Ruan can play a powerful role in the orchestra, and Da Ruan and Zhong Ruan are mainly used in national orchestras.

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