Mountain High River Flow

May 12, 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 。

Dailin HSIEH – Zheng

Dailin is one of the most talented zheng performers of her generation, is very active as a soloist and chamber player in Taiwan and abroad. Performing with precision and astonishing techniques, She has been invited to perform in China, Singapore, Macau, Hong Kong, Japan, United States, Canada, Germany, Swiss, Luxembourg and Belgium. Dailin has received numerous awards: nominee of the Best Album in the Traditional Music Category, 22nd Golden Records in Taiwan (Treasures of Zheng: An Album of Zheng Music); winner of The 2010 Star of Traditional Taiwanese Music & Culture Ambassador of Tainan; Laureate of The National Concert Hall’s Traditional Music Star in the Silk & Bamboo Ensemble Category (2010) as well as in the Zheng Soloist Category (2007); Second Prize and the Best Performance of the Designated Work in the 2007 Zheng Competition of the Taipei Chinese Orchestra. Dailin has given many solo recitals internationally and premiered a number of major works, including Taiwanese composers Fan Wei-Tsu’s Star Dusts (2008), Dark Angels (2010), Teresa Deng for Zheng Duet (2011, premier in China), Zheng Concerto Arabesque (2014); Wang I-Yu’s Mi (2011); and Wei Chih-Chen’s Between Stream and Hills III (2012). Her solo CD Zheng Image, released in 2014, is a collection of new compositions, and it has quickly met critical acclaim. Dailin is the founder of Augmented Sixth zheng ensemble, a soloist with the Little Giant Chinese Chamber Orchestra, and she performs regularly with the Taipei Municipal Chinese Orchestra and Wei Yi New Chinese Music. As an educator, she teaches at a number of music schools in Taiwan, from high schools to universities.

謝岱霖–臺灣青年箏演奏家,曾受邀赴中國、新加坡、澳門、香港、日本、美國、加拿大、德國、瑞士、盧森堡、比利時等地擔任獨奏、重奏、協奏演出。主要獲獎紀錄包括:「箏藏」箏樂演奏專輯,入圍台灣第22屆金曲獎-最佳民族音樂專輯獎(2010)。第一屆【台灣傳樂之星暨府城文化大使】,並赴盧森堡、比利時等地舉辦個人獨奏會Rencontre musicale orient- occident(2010)、兩廳院【傳統器樂新秀】絲竹室內樂(2010)、兩廳院【傳統器樂新秀】箏獨奏首獎(2007)、臺北市立國樂團第14屆【民族器樂古箏大賽】銀獎及《趣夢亂》最佳詮釋獎(2007)。此外,謝岱霖定期舉辦獨奏音樂會,並曾首演多部臺灣箏樂作品,包含樊慰慈作品《星塵》(2008)、《夜魔》(2010)、《鄧麗君》二重奏版本(2011,中國首演)、《阿拉貝斯克》協奏版本(2014),以及王乙聿作品《密》(2011)、魏志真作品Between Stream and Hills III(2012)。 謝岱霖畢業於國立臺灣師範大學民族音樂研究所「研究與保存組」碩士、國立臺南藝術大學中國音樂學系學士,先後師承陳麗華、鄭德淵、黃俊錫、黃文玲、樊慰慈等師。

Saturday, May 12, 2018
2:00pm - 4:00pm

SFU Harbour Centre
2270 Sauder Industries Policy Room
515 West Hastings Street

Please register here.


Sound of Dragon Society


David Lam Centre