Chinese yangqin player Liu Yuening (top) collaborates with Indian santoor player Tarun Bhattacharya (below left) and tabla player Vijay Ghate at the East Meets East concert in Beijing.
For the first time … e-9-6.html , the Chinese dulcimer yangqin and the Indian dulcimer santoor were played together with a symphony orchestra at a recent concert in Beijing titled East Meets East.

"I hope we can keep our own music idioms but at the same time find some common ground," says yangqin player Liu Yuening, who initiated the project she calls "Sino-Indian new music".

Chinese yangqin player Liu Yuening (top) collaborates with Indian santoor player Tarun Bhattacharya (below left) and tabla player Vijay Ghate at the East Meets East concert in Beijing. Photos provided to China Daily

The work Four Scenes in Dream, composed by young Chinese composer Yu Yang, presented an inclusive form and created parts for the Chinese and Indian instruments to have not only solo parts but also occasions to play together.

Conducted by Hu Yongyan Air Jordan 11 Win Like 96 Size 12 , the EOS Symphony Orchestra performed along with Liu, who played both yangqin and guqin, Indian santoor player Tarun Bhattacharya, tabla player Vijay Ghate and Chinese Tambura player Du Yu.

"What we try to do is to put Chinese melodies in the Indian music framework and merge them with symphonic language," Liu says. "In the work Air Jordan 11 Retro Win Like 96 Womens , there is also space for each solo instrumentalist to improvise."

The title of the concert "East Meets East" is a term that Liu created with reference to "West Meets East", a record that violinist Yehudi Menuhin and sitar player Ravi Shankar made in 1966.

"When Shankar visited China, he was very interested in traditional Chinese music and wanted to collaborate with Chinese musicians," Liu says. "It is a pity that he didn't realize this idea during his lifetime. I'm trying to make it happen."

The concert with the EOS Symphony Orchestra is actually already the third of the East Meets East concerts.

In December 2009, Liu had the first music dialogue with Indian music Air Jordan 11 Retro Win Like 96 Retail , performing with the famous santoor master Pandit Tarun Bhattachar in Kolkata.

In May 2011, she joined hands with a group of Indian musicians to perform at a concert commemorating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore.

Yangqin is a Chinese hammered dulcimer that originated from Persia. Today, various hammered dulcimers are played not only in China, but also Eastern Europe, the Middle East Air Jordan 11 Retro Win Like 96 Mens , India, Iran and Pakistan.

Liu studied yangqin since childhood. She got her master's degree at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing in 1994 and her PhD at Eotvos Lorand University in Hungary in 2008. As a fellow of the Ford Foundation, she also studied at the Delhi University of India in 2009.

As a professor of Central Conservatory of Music, vice-president of the Yangqin Association of China and council member of the Cimbalom (Eastern European hammered dulcimer) World Association, Liu focuses not only on her performance of yangqin but also the promotion of the instrument in the world.

"Hammered dulcimer is a world instrument Air Jordan 11 Win Like 96 Womens , and yangqin has its unique sound in the big family," Liu says. "I hope through musical dialogues with hammered dulcimers from other parts of the world, yangqin will become more popular internationally."

Liu says the "East Meets East" project of Chinese and Indian musicians will continue, while she is planning another project for Chinese yangqin musicians to collaborate with santoor players from Iran, where the hammered dulcimer originated.

BEIRUT Air Jordan 11 Win Like 96 Retail , Sept. 11 (Xinhua) -- Lebanon will file a complaint to the UN against Israel for violating the country's airspace and causing damage by breaking the sound barrier in the south of the country, Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil said on Monday.

Israeli jets flew low over the southern city of Saida, causing sonic booms that broke windows and shook buildings, Lebanese security sources and residents said.

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Lee Mi-hyang birdied three of her four opening holes en route to a six-under 66 and a share of the first-round lead at the rain-hit Lotte Championship on Wednesday.

She and American Paula Creamer topped a crowded LPGA Tour leader board that includes five golfers tied for second at five-under.

Lee birdied three of the four par-fives and finished with -seven birdies and one bogey in a first round that was delayed for 44 minutes because of heavy rains at the Ko Olina Golf Club course. Play was -suspended because of darkness with five players still on the course.

Lee came into the tournament having missed the last two cuts.

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