Before we start recording we got a keyword of China Jazz to improvise on. The monitor headphones were the only link between us and through our ears we formed a delicate balance and subtlety of changes. Based on a jazzy rhythm and the use of traditional Chinese pentatonic scale and Chinese gongs this piece vividly depicted a glimpse of the glory of the Tang Dynasty, hence we named it “Chang’an”.
This song’s keyword was Chi-Bops and based on that we came up with a more direct image of playing the Kong Zhu. We mimicked the ever-changing flow and the diverse way of playing of this ancient Chinese game and fused in our improvisation.
It is a humorous conversation between Chao (playing on the wooden edge of her Yangqin and Tom on the rims of his drums to simulate the sound of walnuts rolling down wooded stairs.
When life passed young adulthood and is entering midlife, it felts like boiling water. As one gets older, struggles gets milder and milder, eventually reaches peacefulness. Such as reflected in this piece, the anxiety, the passion, and the confusion, with a touch of whimsical playfulness, composed with the Joyce of improvisation.
Dong Xi at 2018 TEDx Tysons- "Legacy"
"Award winning world percussion fusing American jazz, world music and funk converses with spellbinding virtuosity and Chinese folk melodies on the yanqin (Chinese hammered dulcimer). In this completely improvised performance for TEDxTysons, the audience is taken on a magical tour of the Silk Road for modern times."--TEDx Tysons