Moonrise – Dadawa and Ethnic Music Masters
Evening presentation by Dadawa, Singer/Songwriter
Registration at 6:30 pm
Presentation at 7:00 pm
Close at 8:00 pm
"… The brightest star in Chinese music ....the beauty of her voice and soft, ambient music appealing to both fans of Asian and New Age music."
Dadawa (a.k.a. Zhu Zheqin 朱哲琴), is an artist and independent producer who with her heavenly voice became China's first contemporary musician to achieve international recognition. She is a leading member of China's musical avant-garde. With her unique voice and creative philosophy, and in collaboration with China's trend-setting contemporary music, art, multi-media and fashion, Dadawa has created albums, videos, and live stage performances which have been warmly received by international audiences and critics. In 1995, her album Sister Drum was released in 56 countries, sold over 3 million copies, and the music video was broadcast in 81 countries. Dadawa was the first Chinese contemporary artist to go global and become a critical success on the international stage.
In January 2009, at the invitation of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), she served as the agency's Goodwill Ambassador in China, and together Dadawa and the UNDP founded Show the World Goodwill Action for the Preservation and Development of Chinese Ethnic Culture, to encourage both ethnic artisanal tradition and Chinese creativity.
Her 2013 CD release Moonrise is the culmination of four and a half years of work, including traveling over 20,000 kilometers in China and delving deeply into vanishing ethnic cultural traditions. The album is produced by Dadawa, in collaboration with ethnic music heritage masters and some of China's cutting-edge musicians. Together they extend beyond perspectives of nationality, old and new, traditional and contemporary, giving new life to the classics and creating a new point of departure for the creation of contemporary Chinese music. At Asia Society Hong Kong Center Dadawa will premiere music from Moonrise, as well as speak on her artistic journey and inspirations. Moonrise will be available for sale at the event; all ticket buyers will also receive a complimentary EP of Dadawa's music.