Two foreign musicologists from Ireland and Spain recently received international acclaim for their work documenting Chinese folk music. Their work was featured on Spain and The Basque Country’s most popular news channels ETB1 and ETB2, reaching an audience of millions of Spanish and Basque viewers. (You can watch by clicking on this link)
Brendan Donnelly from Ireland and Beñat Fuentes from Spain have spent the past two years traveling around China recording Chinese folk music. Their project began at the end of 2011 with an ambitious plan to record traditional songs of Zhejiang Province, located in southeast China. Using portable recording equipment they travelled extensively throughout Zhejiang recording and documenting native singers performing local traditional songs, making recordings of Yue opera and Wu opera in Hangzhou, Shengzhou and Jinhua.
Inspired by the pioneering spirit of field recording engineers such as Alan Lomax, they created China Field Recordings (www.chinafieldrecordings.com) with the aspiration to capture the authentic sounds of Chinese folk and ethnic music performed by local musicians and singers. CFR has worked with numerous international media organizations including Hangzhou TV, Zhejiang TV, Euskadi Irratia media, Spanish and Basque TV shows ETB1 and ETB2. Brendan Donnelly and Beñat Fuentes plan to continue indefinitely documenting and recording China’s significant cultural folk traditions.
Recently they have been working on some very exciting projects due for completion in 2013, they recorded an album of original music in collaboration with Chinese musicians called ‘Music inspired by China Field Recordings’ that will be released in Europe by a Spanish record company. This year they also intend to record an album of original music inspired by ‘The sounds of the Weslake’ which will also receive worldwide distribution.
To listen to their recordings and find out more you can visit their website ww.chinafieldrecordings.com
Submitted by Nick Kicker