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Endless Journey

by Yazhi Guo

As if this unfamiliar place were his own hometown, the traveler shakes the dust from his coat and steps inside the ornate hall. Here the suona and guanzi, hailing from the Yellow Plains of western China, encounter the pipe organ, beginning a collaboration of epic proportions. Like going home for the first time, after a very long journey. Together, through the hands of the traveler, these instruments engage in an exchange filled with bold exploration and exhilarating discovery.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Turkish Delight (feat. Patrick Keating)
Yazhi Guo
7:26 $0.99
2. Amazing Grace
Yazhi Guo & Libor Dudas
6:04 $0.99
3. Raisins and Almonds
Yazhi Guo, Layth Siddiq, Jussi Reijonen & James Hazlewood
4:49 $0.99
4. Blue Flowers
Yazhi Guo & Zihan Weng
7:20 $0.99
5. Drunken Longing
Yazhi Guo, Utar Artun, Artie Sadtler & Ayinde Webb
5:09 $0.99
6. Northeastern Chinese Folk Song
Yazhi Guo
4:08 $0.99
7. A Lark in the Clear Sky
Yazhi Guo, Fiuczynski & Jussi Reijonen
3:47 $0.99
8. Let Us Dance Together (Live)
Yazhi Guo, Layth Siddiq & James Hazlewood
4:05 $0.99
9. Song of the Indians (Live)
Yazhi Guo
3:23 $0.99
10. Song of Marrying off a Daughter
Yazhi Guo, Mike Block, Carlos Capacho, Dale & Fabio Pirozzolo
5:46 $0.99
11. Misirlo
Yazhi Guo & Zihan Weng
4:58 $0.99
12. Oh Shenandoah
Yazhi Guo & Libor Dudas
4:09 $0.99
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Album Notes
Above, a wisp of clouds blankets the moon.
A traveler, never forgetting his purpose, continues toward the distance. If he truly wishes to witness this distant land, the only way to do so is walk there. After climbing to a high point, the sound of his trumpet echoes across the mountains and waters, stretching toward the horizon. The traveler’s gaze traces the face of the land. Autumn’s bounty is soon to be harvested, that blissful time of year when the first frost still seems far away.
Renowned music producer Ye Yunchuan brings you this innovative compilation featuring distinctive cultural production, inviting Mr. Yazhi Guo and a team of top-class instrumentalists and composers, who have collaborated to create this novel revisiting of classic world music. Through production and refinement by Rhymoi Music, not only can you count on an enjoyable listening experience, you will also find a wealth of mystery, purity, passion and sincerity awaiting you. These artists, hailing from over a score of countries, come together to cherish the vast, open world gifted to us by nature, and to protect the cultural treasures of humankind. Eschewing all boundaries of our world, they imbue music with limitless energy, impelling the art of folk music toward every nation, as a signal of friendship to each of its citizens.
Yazhi Guo was born in Jinzhong, Shanxi. In his youth he studied the French horn, and after building a foundation in local art schools and performance troupes, he developed a firm knowledge of instruments like the suona and erguxian. Later he entered China Central Conservatory of Music, where he learned under the tutelage of a host of renowned artists, and was granted the position of chief suona artist in the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra. He then went on to receive a myriad of awards, but he didn’t stop there: he traveled to Boston to continue his studies at Berklee College of Music, continuously learning, creating, innovating and exhibiting to the world the unique persona of the northern Chinese, while boldly experimenting with various forms and styles of musical expression.
On this album, we get the first chance to experience the amalgamation of Yazhi Guo’s multicultural vision, as well as the achievements of his long and eventful artistic career, enjoying a glimpse at his daring yet refined musical style. Folk melodies from throughout the world, in their purest form, are beautiful in their rustic simplicity, and deserve the adoration they have received for so many years. The unrestrained expression of different peoples, subtly colored with jazz elements, become all the more stunning, without losing their original charm. Gospel music combined with suona, hulusi and pipe organ music tears down cultural barriers, resulting in a classic ode to music of the human race. Meticulous and ingenious arrangement, along with moving performances by Yazhi Guo, known as “Asia’s greatest suona player”, synergize to make this seldom heard instrument feel like a long lost friend. Once music is infused with one’s soul, its rich, finely-aged qualities and inspiring renditions of life are sure to captivate countless listeners.
As if this exotic place were his own homeland, the traveler sets foot in the majestic hall, gazing with reverence at the enormous pipes of the organ as they scale the wall toward the lofty ceiling. This is an instrument designed to sing the praises of God, and fills the air with His holy decree. The suona, hailing from the distant Yellow Plains of China, crosses path with the pipe organ for the first time in music history, resulting in a serendipitous effect much like returning to one’s hometown to come across a stranger who seems strangely familiar. Such an exchange may result in a spark among souls, which in turn may lead to profound dialogues.
Rhymoi Music producer Ye Yunchuan traversed the Pacific, to arrive at the small town of Methuen, just north of Boston. There, a seemingly insignificant music hall is home to a remarkable story: in 1863, EF Walcker Company of Germany created the first pipe organ to be shipped to the US, upon which it was to be installed at Boston Symphony Hall. The massive collection of parts consisted of 6088 pipes and 84 organ stops, making it the first professional performance organ pipe in the country at the time. However, with the later establishment of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, there was a need for larger performance space, and as the number of pipe organ audiences diminished and the orchestra pit of Boston Symphony Hall expanded, the organ was eventually disassembled and placed in storage. After several changes of hands, the organ was finally purchased by a local gentry, and installed at Methuen Memorial Music Hall in 1909, where it was given a second life. For this album, this hall became an oasis where Rhymoi came together with artists from around the world, welcoming each of these guests from afar with open arms as if they were family. This quaintly antique hall, in its eternal glory, became a bridge connecting Yazhi Guo’s suona with myriad music from around the world.
The East and the West reach the same destination by different means, in a vast world where no two patches of earth are the same. The music we create reflects our hopes and desires, and throughout our endless travels, sometimes, in the blink of an eye, all becomes clear.



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