Cd Review of Jingyesi by Gonglinna

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Thoughts on a Still Night
Jing Ye Si (Thoughts on a Still Night) is the fourth studio album of the famous Chinese folk singer Gong Lin Na, which was recorded in China in 2007. The producer is Gong’s husband, Robert Zollitsch. Jing Ye Si is originally one of the most famous Chinese poems by the great poet Li Bai inTang Dynasty. Gong was born in Gui Yang Province, which has a great population of different minority ethnic groups compared to other provinces. As a result, Gong absorbed the rich nutrition from the folk cultures of Chinese minority ethnic groups in her childhood. After entering China Conservatory of Music, Gong started her study of Chinese traditional folk music. During her college time, she also learned how to sing different Chinese regional operas. After Gong graduated, the environment of the music industry in China was becoming worse and worse [Meng, 135]. She couldn’t bear the unfair treatments she had in China. With the suggestions by Zollistch, who became her husband later, Gong decided to develop her music career in Europe. Thus, after she released her first album Kong Que Fei Lai (The Peafowl Flies to Here), Gong headed to Germany to start her career as a world music artist. Gong’s husband, Robert Zollitsch, was born in Munich, Germany. Zollitsch started to learn Bavarian zither, a classical Bavarian folk music instrument, when he was a child. After graduated from the Hochschule für Musik "Hanns Eisler", Zollitsch came to China to study Chinese music and learn how to play Gu Qin. Gong moved back to China with Zollitsch in 2010. Now they live in Beijing. Jing Ye Si is an album that contains variety of genres. Traditional Chinese folk music, royal court music, opera, and improvisational music can all be found in this album. Furthermore, with Zollitsch as the producer and composer, the style of this album is not pure traditional Chinese style. Instead, some composing techniques of western classical music are used as well. Zollitsch defines this...
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