Just before they leave for three months in Spain to study flamenco, Qiu Xia and Andre have posted a 6-minute Video featuring excerpts from performances and interviews about their music. It's great fun!
Silk Road, with percussionist Liam MacDonald, gave a great concert on August 6 at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Gardens, with as always a new direction: an exploration of flamenco, complete with talented dancer Michelle Harding. Here's the program they played:
1. Ha Ya Xi Shui - Traditional Chinese.
2. Folguedo - Trio. Brazilian piece featuring Liam on Pandeiro. By Celso Machado
3. To Mi La - Original music in a Central Asian style on Oud, Pipa, Rik. By Qiu Xia He
4. A Pair - Trio. Old favourite in a North African style. By Qiu Xia He and Andre Thibault
5. Canarios - Duet. Lute music from the 17th century adapted for Pipa. By Gaspar Sanz
6. Solea - Dance. Flamenco from Andalucia Ole! By Andre Thibault and Qiu Xia He
7. Granainas - Guitar solo. A free form in flamenco. By Andre Thibault
8. Passion’s Promise - Duet. Spain meets India via jazz! By Moshe Denburg
9. Rumba Calabria - Dance. Contemporary Latin sound. By Andre Thibault