Xuefei will be touring with Spanish Dancer Maria Vega this summer. Spanish Rhapsody presents music by the very best Spanish composers, accompanied by a wide variety of Spanish dance (not only flamenco). The UK premiere will be on June 23 in Orpington, before the start of a tour in China during July.
Here's the line up for this year's Changsha International Guitar Festival this summer (July 11-15) : artists, dancers, composers, jury and guitar world personalities ! Concerts, shows, charity events, masterclasses, workshops, competition (featuring a new commission by Maestro Leo Brouwer), composition competition & guitar orchestra ! This year, for the first time, most of the events will be held in the wonderful concert hall in the brand new Polytheatre. All are welcome ! Xuefei is Artistic Director of the festival.
Entries for the competition at this year's Changsha International Guitar Festival are now open. The first prize in the open competition is US$10,000 plus a concert tour in China in 2019. This year's set piece is a brand new work by Maestro Leo Brouwer, commissioned by the festival. Competitors from both inside and outside China will be made equally welcome at the festival.
A new twenty minute documentary, "Talking about Music -
Xuefei Yang," (in Mandarin) made by China's Wuxi TV.
For non-Mandarin speakers, there are some new live music clips too :
- 3m52s : Vivaldi RV158 (with iMusici)
- 10m19s : Lamentos do Morro (solo)
- 17m44s : Tango en Skai (with iMusici), worth watching until the end of the program.
Xuefei continues her successful collaboration with British tenor Ian Bostridge. Songs from Our Ancestors is the very first release by Globe Music, a new record label from Shakespeare's Globe. The CD received a double five-star review from BBC Music Magazine (Xmas 2016 edition).
Xuefei has arranged three well known Chinese pieces for solo guitar.
Flowing Water, dating from the Ming Dynasty & originally for guqin; and Sword Dance, inspired by a poem from the Tang Dynasty, & originally for liuqin ; Drunken Ecstasy , attributed to the 3rd century scholar Ruan Ji, & originally for guqin
All three pieces feature on the Songs from our Ancestors recording.
Xuefei has a series of four graded repertoire books for children, beginners, intermediate, & advanced players. In addition to the pieces, the books include Xuefei's suggestions for approaching the pieces either from a technical or musical perspective. This video features a section of a piece from the intermediate book. The series is published by Doberman-Yppan.