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Mountain High River Flow - POSTPONED

Chinese Landscape Painting & Music Workshop

April 03, 2018

Chinese classical music is often thematic, and the natural scenery is a major source of inspiration. Mountains, waterfalls, rivers, rains and even heavy storms can all be expressed with musical gestures. The natural scenery is the most important subject in Chinese classical brush painting. There are specific techniques used to paint the mountains, tress, flowers, and rivers with ink and rice paper. The commonality between Chinese painting and music is the use of space, the sense of breath. Also, both art forms are based on a linear approach: traditionally, Chinese music is developed melodically/horizontally, rather than western music’s chordal/vertical approach. Chinese classical painting takes the viewers to travel across the scroll, where various elements reveal one after another.

This workshop will provide hands-on opportunity for the participants to explore the inspiration from the natural world, both musically and visually. The artist will bring one zheng for everyone to take turns to play. You are welcome to bring other musical instruments to play. Painting materials will be provided for every registered participant.

Demonstration of Chinese classical repertoire on the zheng/Chinese zither
Demonstration of zheng techniques

Examples of Chinese landscape painting
Demonstration of Chinese brush painting techniques


Improvisation on the zheng (instrument provided by the Sound of Dragon Society) using the techniques learned in the workshop
Painting by the rest of the group while listening to the music


Li Tung (Taiwan) – painting
Born in 1971 in Taipei, Li graduated from the School of Visual Arts at the National Taiwan University of Arts. An artist crossing many genres, he is a painter, writer, performing artist, installation artist, and designer. Since 2010, Li started to perform live painting with improvising musicians and dancers. He joined the acclaimed MAFIA Ensemble, the leading force in Taiwan’s experimental and improvisational arts scene, with a particular focus on interdisciplinary practices. Li has collaborate with numerous Taiwanese and Japanese artists at “Create Music” festival. In the past 20 years, his artworks has been exhibited at various galleries in Taiwan, including the Taipei Arts Gallery. He is a member of “May Artists Collective”, Taiwan’s most influential and longstanding artists collection. Li’s novels and short stories have won numerous awards. He has been published in Taiwan and China. He also directed a theatre production in 2013.

董籬,1971年出生於台北,畢業於國立藝專美術科。多樣性的跨領域藝術家,主要包括繪畫、寫作、表演藝術、裝置藝術、設計等。2010年開始嘗試將繪畫融入即興表演藝術。加入MAFIA Ensemble,參與多次演出,與臺灣及日本許多藝術家跨界合作演出。並於2013年執導【異始、慾言】行動劇場。1991年舉辦第一次個人畫展,二十多年來繪畫作品於各地畫廊與藝術中心展出,為臺灣歷史最悠久的【五月畫會】成員。長期創作小說,曾任許多雜誌及媒體專欄作家。以《紅色巨塔》獲台灣文學獎短篇小說佳作,《一張彩券與半窗風景》獲台北縣文學獎小說獎佳作。2008年出版小說《太王四神記》三部曲、2009年出版《痞子英雄之高義檔案》、2011年出版《羅密歐與朱麗葉與殭屍》成為暢銷作家。現為自由創作者 。

Hsin-Fang Hsu – zheng
Hsin-Fang graduated from Tainan National University of the Arts in 2012 and received the Masters Degree in zheng performance from the Taiwan National University of the Arts in 2016. She has won numerous awards, including the first place of the Plucked Instruments Competition of the Chinese Music Association of the Republic of China, the Rising Star of the National Concert Hall of Taiwan, the Gold Medal of the Beijing International Arts Festival (in the Overseas Professional Artists category), the Gold Medal of the Taiwan Zheng Competition, and the second place of the Instrumental Competition organized by the Taiwan Chinese Orchestra. She has performed throughout Taiwan and internationally in China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Canada, and the US. She was a soloist performing major zheng concerti with Taiwan’s Little Giant Chinese Chamber Orchestra and Taiwan Chinese Orchestra. In chamber music, she has premiered numerous works, working closely with composers to explore new sounds on the zheng.



  • Sound of Dragon Society


  • SFU David Lam Centre

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