Geling Jiang

Geling Jiang is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist who started her professional training at the age of 10. After graduating from Wuhan Music Conservatory, she became a member of the Chime Bell Ensemble of Hubei Province. As a 20 year member of the ensemble , she recorded numerous radio broadcasts, TV programs, and films; and toured in the United States, Japan and Singapore. Trained initially as a sanxian (three-string fretless lute) player, she also regularly plays the zheng, liuqin, ruan, and Jing-erhu.

From 2004, after immigrating to Canada, she joined several contemporary music ensembles based in Vancouver and performed across Canada, the US, the Netherlands, Malaysia, Philippine and China: she was a zheng player in Orchid Ensemble; now sanxian, ruan and zheng player in Red Chamber; ruan, sanxian and zheng player of Cloud Bell Ensemble. She has been a guest musician working with the Vancouver Symphony, the University of British Columbia (UBC) Symphony, the Elektra Women's Choir, and a Chinese music instrument coach at the University of British Colombia School of Music. She is not only an excellent musical interpreter for composers, but also a good improviser with different musicians.

Ms. Jiang played with the UBC Symphony in March of 2013. At the UBC Roy Barnett Recital Hall she played a sanxian concerto with Nu:BC which was composed by John Oliver. In October of that year, she played a liuqin concerto with BC Chinese Orchestra in Vancouver and a Jing-erhu concerto in Bellingham, Washington in 2012 and at Benaroya Hall, Seattle, Washington in 2013. She also recorded with CBC radio in 2013.

Ms. Jiang recorded a zheng piece for composer, Stephen Chatman’s CD. She is hailed as a virtuoso instrumentalist by numerous Canadian composers. Ms. Jiang is known to be a flexible performer and adept at all kinds of new music and free improvisation on different instruments. She has played pieces by Canadian composers: Dorothy Chang, Owen Underhill, Moshe Denburg, Mark Armanini, and Hope Lee. Being an essential player in numerous ensembles, she has recorded several CDs such as Red Chamber Album I and Album II, album of The B.C Chinese Music Ensemble:Bamboo Shoot in Spring. Ms. Jiang is currently a regular member of Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra, BC Chinese Orchestra and BC Chinese Music Ensemble. In the past few years she has absorbed other cultural music and developed non-traditional instrumental techniques on her own instruments. On the Red Chamber’s second album, she made her compositional debut, co-writing with Randy Raine Reusch.

After immigrating to Canada, she remains musically active and has begun a new life in the Vancouver music scene. She joined BCCMA (BC Chinese Music Orchestra) in 2004. In this organization, she has preformed many concerts and musical activities, such as recordings for CBC (2013) . She is now the Plucked String Section Tutor of the BC Chinese Youth Orchestra. In August, 2014, Ms. Jiang was invited by Hubei Provincial Musuem to perform a solo concert. She now works with several Canadian composers on projects for zheng and sanxian with string quartet.

江革玲被称之为弹拨演奏家,自幼学习琵琶, 1978年考入湖北省戏曲学校京剧科,系统学习各种戏曲乐器,京二胡、月琴、三弦等。1984年进入湖北编钟乐团,同年随乐团进京参加35周年国庆庆典演出,并参与中国唱片总公司《千古绝响》音带的录制。1988年起随武汉音乐学院吴青教授习筝。1993年作为文化使者访问日本东京,并接受日本经济新闻采访。参与了《中国音乐文物大系》的撰写及多部广播剧、电视剧的音乐录制。自1993-2004年期间,多次访问日本、美国、新加坡、以及香港、台湾等国家和地区。

2004年移居加拿大后,开始了新的演奏生涯,并逐步融入多个音乐演出团体。目前是温哥华跨文化乐团(Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra),红庭室内乐队(Red Chamber),BC中乐团/BC华夏精英乐团(BC Chinese Orchestra and BC Chinese Music Ensemble),蓝韵中乐团(Orchid Ensemble)以及云玲乐团(Cloud Bell Ensemble)的主要成员之一。同时担任BC青年中乐团弹拨指导教师。

自2005年起,江革玲一直不间断地参加温哥华多个不同类型的音乐会的表演,也应邀在北美各地的音乐厅、民间音乐节以及爵士音乐节上演出,她积极学习与多元文化不同乐器的融合及即兴演奏技巧,与不同风格音乐家和歌手合作,积攒了一定的驾驭新音乐的能力,被当地作曲家公认为加拿大少有的中乐多面手。

曾受英属哥伦比亚大学音乐学院之邀教授中国乐器,并与该大学交响乐团合作演出,该校音乐学院作曲教授Stephen Chatman 也多次邀请演奏其作品及专辑CD的录音。2008年9月与加拿大广播交响乐团合作演出(CBC Radio Orchestra)

与本地音乐家积极合作探讨中国乐器与西洋乐器在新音乐创作上的新思路,并与2011年作为加拿大最具才华的17位中西乐器演奏家之一,参加了中国—加拿大6位作曲家唐建平,王宁,周成龙,张彦芸,欧文昂德希尔,约翰奥利弗“跨越文化创新项目”《广乐龢声》音乐会,并于音乐会上演奏了加拿大作曲家为三弦而作的协奏曲《艺桥》,获得作曲家大力称赞。

2011年10月在温哥华与BC中乐团合作演出了柳琴协奏曲《北方民族生活素描》。

2012受邀美国北林海中国文化节,与北林海交响乐团合作与另一位演奏家演出了京胡、京二胡双协奏曲《武功》,2013于西雅图Benaroya Hall再次表演该协奏曲。

作为红庭(Red Chamber)室内乐团四位演奏家之一,参与录制了该团两张专辑CD的录音发行,由其创作并演奏的三弦独奏曲《迸流》收录在第二张专辑中。二重奏乐曲《夜深沉》也被收录在BC中乐团《春笋》专辑中。

2014年于湖北省博物馆成功举办《钟灵毓秀》个人小型独奏音乐会。

目前正积极参与同加拿大作曲家探讨古筝,三弦与西洋弦乐的合作研讨工作。

 

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