RC World gives a new take on this Chinese folk song. Performed by RC World: Mei Han zheng, ZiZi voice, Randy Raine-Reusch zheng, Matt Reid bass, Richard Brown drums, Cuyler Biller guitar, and Jonny Tobin keys. Performed at the Shanghai International Arts Festival, China
Mei Han's Red Chamber takes its inspiration from the traditional Chinese Plucked String repertoire that is seldom if ever heard in the west. Red Chamber creates a unique sound that spans centuries, including transcriptions from the Tang Dynasty 618-907, to modern compositions. Red Chamber is exploring other genres of plucked string music from Bluegrass, to jazz, and a host of other folk traditions. A powerful ensemble of masterful musicians bringing a new sound on ancient instruments to the concert stage.
Randy Raine-Reusch is a composer, concert-artist and improvisor specializing in New and Experimental Music for world instruments. An innovator interested in extending the boundaries of music, he has created distinct new performance styles on a number of world instruments from his collection of 700.
Raine-Reusch has spent over thirty years exploring the relationship of music to psychology, philosophy, and spiritual or religious practices. He studied at the Creative Music Studio in the 70's with artists such as Fred Rzewski, Jack Dejohnette and Karl Berger, before going overseas to study with master musicians in Australia, Malaysia, China, Indonesia, Thailand, Burma and the Philippines, as well as with "National Treasures" in Korea and Japan. As a result his music now contains clear influences from a variety of indigenous cultures and is heavily influenced by Taoism and Zen.