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Silk Road Music performs its new show on Sunday, March 12: China Speaks Your Language

Toronto, March 1, 2006—Instead of the previously announced Village Tales,Silk Road Music performs China Speaks Your Language, featuring Qiu Xia He (pipa) and Andre Thibault (instrumentalist) with special guest Debashis Sinha (percussion). The performance, part of the Music with Bite concert series, takes place on Sunday, March 12, at 1 p.m., at Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West. Admission is free. For information, the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit

Silk Road Music has a consistently successful rapport with audiences. It has twice won the Best World Music Album at the West Coast Music Awards and was also nominated for a Juno Award. Based in Vancouver, it uses its innovative approach of classical Chinese music to promote cultural links with non-Asian traditions, reflecting the true multicultural spirit of immigrants in Canada. Silk Road Music has taken Chinese-Western collaboration to a new level. Its innovative blend of Asian, jazz, Latin, and Celtic music with classical Chinese instruments and techniques has created a unique sound. Their recent release Autumn Cloud also features a pipa concerto with the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra.

With the Music with Bite concert, Silk Road Music presents a varied repertoire. Its music performance introduces audiences to different cultures through the experience, discoveries, and travels of the Silk Road Duo: Qiu Xia He accompanied by multi-instrumentalist Andre Thibault. The pipa, a Chinese lute with a wide range of expression, is the focal point. The special guest is Debashis Sinha, a well known percussionist from Toronto who brings a fantastic rich texture to the music.

This husband-and-wife team is well equipped for their cultural voyage. Both have lived passionately as professional musicians. Their common bond and love of music have taken them on tours all over the world with award-winning groups. In 2004, they were featured with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra at the Orpheum to welcome His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Silk Road Music surrounds the Chinese pipa with many world instruments such as the flamenco guitar from Spain, the oud, lute from the Middle East. Percussion includes pandeiro and sourdo from Brazil; musical bow from Africa; bendir from Morocco; kanjira tambourine and shanaii from India; gongs and wood percussion from Asia; and hulusi and bawu flutes from China’s Yunnan province.

Music with Bite, part of ZOOM! Family Sundays, is a refreshing, interactive experience in which children can sit up close to the artists and, after the concert, ask questions, while enjoying a complimentary Natrel milk beverage and cookies. Music with Bite is a co-production with Jeunesses Musicales Ontario, an organization dedicated to musical excellence and the promotion of young artists and music for young people.

Music with Bite is produced with the support of the Government of Canada, the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council and the Ontario Arts Council.

Is beauty defined by personal tastes or perspectives or can we apply some universal standards? From January through May 2006, Harbourfront Centre invites audiences to examine the idea of beauty through various events and programmes. Beauty is part of an ongoing exploration of ideas-based programming at Harbourfront Centre.


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Linda Liontis
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