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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.


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.

The Concert of Zolan Dukic

Yesterday I went to the music conservatory in Shanghai and listened to the concert of Zolan Dukic.

He started with the ciaccona of J.S. Bach. It was this piece why I finally decide to go to the concert. Of course he played it very souveraen and that, even if the people at the beginning of the concert were not really calm and concentrated. Somebody walked in too late, a lot of people didn`t put off their mobil phones, but used them to make fotos during the concert and there were people still talking during the first piece. This is a typical situation in China and I am often angry because of that, special if it is a guitar concert and if it starts with a piece like the ciaccona. This piece really needs concentration and respect!

Anyway: Zolan Dukic played great and he choosed a very interesting nice program for that evening. So I could enjoy an unbelievable virtuos and musician Astor Piazolla (Adios Nonino and Otono Porteno) And I also enjoyed the Six Balkan Miniatures of Dusan Bogdanovic. These pieces are so beautiful! Zolan Dukic also played three Caprichos from „Caprichos de Goya“ of Castelnuovo Tedesco which I like very much and I was happy, that all the pieces in the concert were really musically pieces and not that pieces somebody choose to win a competition. So thank you very much, Zolan!

At the end of the concert happened something, what shouldn`t happen. As Zolan Dukic after a frenetic applaus decide to give us some extra pieces, he told the public that he will play two pieces from Barrios. But after the first piece was finished a young girl jumped onto the stage and gave Zolan a big bunch of flowers. May be that girl can not speak English and didn`t understand that the artist wants to give us two pieces?