Presented by Sino-American Cultural Exchange Center
Thursday, May 15, 2014 | 8 PM
An Evening of Chinese Yage Music
Fan Jingma, Tenor
A Poetic Sense of China
Yage, meaning “elegant songs,” is an emerging genre of Chinese art song that combines bel canto technique, lieder style, and Chinese poetry. The singer is required to master the natural blending of controlled breathing with limpid Chinese diction to create a fusion of poetry and music. The founder of yage, Fan Jingma, is an opera singer who received his bel canto training under Carlo Bergonzi in Italy and Franco Corelli in New York, after completing his studies in China.