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The Final Concert of the First Music Season in Chartres Dimanches

The first guitar season in Chartres Dimanches was finished on the Valentine`s Day with a concert of Fan Ye (guitar) and Gao Xian (acordeon) and a program with Latin American Music. Originally only planned for one evening the tickets where immediately sold out, so that there was a second concert on the next day, which was sold out, too. It was a big success.

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Fan Ye and Gao Xian first played some pieces of Piazolla like Primavera Porteno, Invero Porteno and Bodell Cafe. After a short break they continued with some other popular pieces of South America like the Milonga of Cardoso.

If you only come to listen to that beautiful music, you can not imagine how difficult and complicated it is to organize some events like this in Shanghai. Shanghai is extremly though. There are so many groups with different interests who seems to be afraid of each other and the fear of competitors is here much higher than for example in Germany. Sometimes it seems that nobody trusts nobody. There are the big houses with the big organizations who want to earn money with “making art”. They normally only play already wellknown music without taking any risk.

I think it is very important to install an “alternative art” in Shanghai, which has more than only the goal to earn a lot of money and making something for “meeting prestige”. And for these people who loves the small and intimate concerts with the character of avantgarde, the Music Seasons organized by Fan Ye in Chartres Dimanches are a very good start in the right direction.

Jorge Morel: Echo of the Blues

the name of the piece promise something secret, smoky and may be melancholic. It is not a Blues, it is an Echo of a Blues. Such a phantastic idea!

And the name`s promiss will not dissapoint you. This colourful piece has the darkness of a blues. It is using the blues scale in e-minor (e – g – g sharp – a – b flat – b – d) most of the time. But in spite of that scale this piece sounds of something else, but not a blues. Only the scale in the almost last bar sounds like a blues scale. But “Echo of a Blues” remembers on a blues in different ways: you can find the melancholy of a turbulent love story. The turbulence comes from the different rhythm parts – many of these rhythm originally were found in the American and Southamerican dancemusic. But here they are transformed into something like “modern classical guitarmusic”. That remembers me on the music from Stravinsky, which also has a lot of jazz influences.
And on the other side – as a contrast – the harmonic Monotonousness. The Harmonic is like a jazz minor blues, but the form is open. So i think, it is useless to count the bars. Just enjoy the music!

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