29 November 2019
Tangram will be working closely with the Department throughout the year, contributing to the vibrant music community at the university through workshops and concerts. Artists include SOAS alum Reylon Yount and SOAS Chinese percussion teacher Beibei Wang.
Launched in January 2019 as recipients of the Chinese Arts Now Artist Development Bursary at LSO St. Luke’s, the group is dedicated to creating new music to open up spaces beyond the China-West dichotomy, exploring the richness and multiplicity of transnational Chinese culture. They are made up of a unique mix of Chinese and western instruments and primarily work in three ways: reinterpreting traditional repertoire, presenting work by contemporary Chinese composers, and exploring new soundscapes on Chinese instruments. Tangram are premiering Alex Ho’s new stagework in collaboration with creative director and choreographer, Julia Cheng, at Hackney Round Chapel on 5 November and will be premiering commissions by Raymond Yiu and Jasmin Kent Rodgman in 2020.
Tangram are one of London’s most exciting new music ensembles and this new partnership represents SOAS’ long standing dedication to broadening cultural understanding, celebrating diversity, and fostering global perspectives.
Co-founder and SOAS MA Music in Development alumnus, Reylon Yount, says, “We are thrilled to be collaborating with SOAS Music Department as Associate Ensemble. Ever since coming to SOAS as an MA student, I've appreciated the unique and warm environment the Music Department creates for musicians coming from traditions outside the western canon. Tangram is excited to be exploring uncharted sonic territory in between the realms of Chinese music and European classical music, and we couldn't imagine a better home for our projects this year.”
Tangram held an open rehearsal for students for their production Ye Xian: A Story Untold on 3 November, and will be hosting similar events later in the year. Their next performance is a Chinese New Year concert on 25th January at LSO St. Luke's, showcasing Chinese folksong arrangements, brand new commissions from acclaimed composers Jasmin Kent Rodgman and Raymond Yiu, and a spectrum of music in between (tickets can be booked here). They will also be performing on 1st May 2020 as part of the SOAS Concert Series.