Dancing With Drums
Each power dominates emotions through the rhythm flow of the heart! Like an infant birth listening the heart beat of the mother, pounding the hope of life and joy, yet resting and peaceful.
Beat, rhythm of veins, pattern of breath, sounding melody of sleep.
Beat of rhythm is the language, simple but powerful, rough but clean, build the strings toward our heart.
Some say the power of the beat create roar of broke-back mountain, breath of mind in the universe, discipline and conquer.
Some say the power comes from the breath of the moon and the sun, the pile of snow under the ice caps, waving and shaking.
The truth seems fading from the chatter of the humming birds and the rain fall on the exquisite banana in white dew, transformed into insects' harmony and horseshoes' tumbling to carry on the flow of the melody in rhythm.
The beauty of the beats, displaying a integrating dialog mixes natural grand strength with mankind quality; creating from the beginning toward the ending of a wonderful beauty sense experience.
Beat, the language proves the worth of rhythm above all in variety, strikes through the human heart in the most simple and tender recipe.
This album is a classic and a mixture of rhythm and melody. It followed the success of the previous album " Rhythmize Heartstrings" and inherited the key refinery after two years of hard-working and sincerity by the Rhymoi Music. The main character is still the beauty of the heart pounding rhythm, but the performance in each single beat has a big step toward the international stage.
Three years of carry on a preliminary round of exploratory discussions, twelve sky-rocking and ground-breaking master pieces had been born out of the water. The famous composer Mr. Wang Fujian who used be the producer of the record " Poems Of Thunder ", traveled the world during the past three years. With his complete devoting heart and extremely hard work, he found the way to express his whole life experience and artistic belief by composing the twelve totally original drum master pieces.
The idea is to achieve the complete inspiration from full abstract into totally reality, thus the twelve pieces delivered by taking the scenery after twelve original poems. The reality display is broken through by the heart felt drum beat and melody. The scenery from the original and classical poems is filling the album with lively perfection and a natural beauty aspect to enjoy the reality.
"Golden spear Steel horse " comes from the Tang Dynasty poetry. The war fair and mankind' s strength in the poem is presenting by the harmony of Chinese bass drum and cymbals. The powerful battle horses and the pride of spear soldiers are converted into a heart-breaking and tear-dropping scene by the Chinese traditional instruments, GuQin and Xiao.
" Yellow River praise" requires full imagination. The combination of percussions builds the mood, and creates the motion in rhythm, to present the roaring and sky-ruling affection from the yellow river. The natural and wild timbre of Suona（Chinese trumpet） is giving life to the yellow river, filling with the smell of yellow dusts and the praise of each fighting soul.
" Dragon boat Race " presents the crowded scene during the race. From the audience to dragon boat athletes, all displayed by the rhythm in front of our eyes.
"Beijing opera show" is a fine creativity by using the marking time Beijing opera drum, cymbals and the big and small sized gongs all from the traditional Beijing opera to combine with the background humming from men's deep voice and enchanting Erhu. This has showed Chinese styled creation in music which truly remarkably joyful to listen.
"Rest in motion" is definitely a classic. The flamenco rhythm guides you through a fantasy and heart-felt scenery.
" Dreamland Of Fantasy " , attractive; "Early Spring" , hope; "Meditation garden" watery scenery; " The spiritual Mountain, Yala " Snowy drops; are all specially characterized and body and soul moving music piece.
Since "Drum" is the title of this album, you can really count on the techniques involved in each of the master piece. The instruments are based on at least ten kinds of drums, plus the 100% naturally pure sound from cymbals, gongs, hand bells and the rest of the percussions, the wonderful display of log drum and many other woodwork instruments, had made this album fulfilled with variety of technical rhythm and full of character. Meanwhile, the creative and brave combination of Liuqin, Bamboo flute, guitar, violin, pan flute and many other instruments, kindly giving the music with breath and heart beat.
The performance crew of this album is received from the previous two albums " Rhythmize Heartstrings " and "Poems Of Thunder", so not only the privity is strengthened, but also the techniques and experiences would make it perfect. For example, in " Beijing opera show", the performance of Beijing Opera Drum by the master Wang Jianhua who be called by other musicians as the " electronic motor", literally defines it's lightening quick and mature technique in the drum piece. Other performers such as Mr. Zhang Qiang and Dai Ya are each fabulous and well-skilled in Pipa and Xiao. Ms. Zhao Jiazhen, mastered in the Chinese traditional instrument Guqin (A seven-stringed zither), and Mr. Chen Wei's Asian drum, were all highlights of wonderful designed project which would catch your breath and heart as the moment you enjoy each piece from the album.
Album’s recording engineer, Mr. Li Xiaopei, who recorded the Previous " Rhythmize Heartstrings" and "Poems Of Thunder" is required to pun on his top performance to record this album in the biggest recording studio of Asia -China CCTV’s 480 meter square professional recording studio. For the momentum to last and quality guarantee, we have the main repertoires synchronous recorded, and not to mention, the famous German professional audio studio Pauler Acoustics have been invited to complete the postproduction.
So, now get ready and buckle your seat belts, a soul-shaking performance is ready to take off, the waving beats like the sea and the flying bombs from the sky are covering your ears as you turn on your sound systems!
箫 古琴 中国大鼓 中国鼓 小堂鼓 排鼓 tom-tom（通通鼓） 大钹 大锣 吊釵
1、 Golden Spear Steel Horse
Starting with just some suspicion and daydream, the Guqin rapidly perform the same chord in melody, just like reminding us the tearful and sad moments from the past ages. Then, the Bass Drum knocks on our lonesome ponder to fill and meditate our anger instinct. In this long gone ancient battle field, the wind is still carrying the sound of fights and roar of soldiers. Next, comes in the mixed pounding of the small bass drums which recreate the scene of an isolated desert, the battle swallows by time as the sunset comes to an end. The hanging cymbal and Xiao described the shadow of each soldier's helmet, dancing and shaking with blood and pride, hazily appears in our memories within the background.
Listen, the Guqin are getting cold and lonely, the smell of the powerful sword dominates and the Xiao takes over the rhythm, the swinging moon light weapon takes away the fear but increases the mood with ice cold frost. Who is blowing the flute like the sword strikes through our liver? However, there is no hesitation on the battle field, as the harmony of the drums and cymbals jumps in, the moaning horses and brave soldiers, on one side lies the bounty of our mankind, and on the other lies the saddened fact of the remains on the batter ground.
Finally, it comes back to the Guqin's daydream, but won't ever be back to the naive purity, as the Bass Drum lightens the fact that this scene will be seen again and again as the saddened and justified future come across us at once.
板鼓 铙钹 京剧小锣 京剧大锣 钢片琴 男声 二胡
2、Beijing Opera Show
Marking time Bangu bring the wind as big and small gongs Carries the pride, our yellow skin is presented as the sounding of cymbals, the traditional Chinese Opera show is about to begin. Then, as the gongs, cymbals mix and pound through the opera show, each single detail such as the tender and the sharp, the major and the minor created an eye-opening view right across from us. The opera show comes to the climax as the male vocal mixed with the Erhu(a two string Chinese instrument) fulfilled and satisfied our taste of the whole show and purposely made us to imagine that is our life an art, too?
Bongo Conga 沙球 铃鼓 吉他 小提琴
3、Rest In Motion
The scene comes in at sunset, as we walk into the nightlife of the country side. The street is crowded as the conga drums plays along. The liquor store on the corner caught our attention as we hear the sound of guitar, Bongo, Conga, shaker, and tambourine. Suddenly the tempo accelerates, but sadness sets in the mood as the harmony of guitar and violin come across in the melody. Then, the unexpected flamenco brings our ears to the maximum joy and our mind to the highest emotion, our body starts to shake, not tensed but relaxed. Who says that only sadness sets the highest emotion, joy is another way to release the pressure.
梆笛 中国大鼓 中国鼓 木鼓 大钹 藏铃 音束 马林巴 女声 男声
4、 The Spiritual Mountain, Yala
Bass Drums set the scene, the spotlight strikes down right in the beginning, reflects into the melted polar ice caps as the Tibet Bells taking into the melody, then the original log drum taking us to the top of the snow mountain as each beat controls the true rhythm pattern of our heart beat. Next, the specialized humming voice from the choir formed by boys and girls pushes us to the natural pleasure scene to enjoy the great view on top of the mountain once again.
Listen, they are coming, carrying the quarries from hunting, and the joy from the harvest. The beats of the drums are the appreciation from the people living in the mountains, and the pure love toward the snow mountains. When marimba comes in, the display of love and sympathy set in the mood, and the heart-fulfilling bamboo flute gives them hope not only for the lovers but to the green nature.
琵琶 板鼓 铙钹 小锣 女声
5、Dreamland Of Fantasy
Starting with the light knock of the cymbal, and the background PiPa flow, creating a picture of a shadow beauty. Then, the small gong mixed up the tempo, gives the beauty a heart beat and a voice which is tasteful. The beauty moves as she dances through the sound of the PiPa carrying out toward the ending scene to take away your attention and confusion yet to take away the real answer to reveal the truth, so is it real or just your imagination?
排箫 铃鼓 印度鼓 阿拉伯鼓 音束 沙球
6、Dance Under The Sun
The pan flute comes and gone, brings our an imaginary scene. Tabla and Arabian drum beats on as our minds flow into wonders and attractions. The green field has found in the desert, and the sun is shining down, the pan flute guides our mind through the black beauty who plays well with the tambourine to set the beat in our feet and body, it’s the display of joy. In here, the meaning of life is joy and happiness. Living in the seventh heaven is the right direction.
柳琴 琵琶 扬琴 中阮 中国鼓 排鼓 小锣 小釵 苏锣 踩镲 水镲 牛铃
7、Dragon Boat Race
Beginning with the Liuqin is the famous view in the south county during the dragon boat festival. When the race begins, the crowd goes wild as the drums and gongs pounding our hearts. The crowds sound mixed with young women and children as the detailed percussion describes through each sound one by one.
Comes in the sound of a clarion, the dragon boat is getting ready to begin, the speed and rhythm of the drum increases as the race is underway, the Cowbell sound is controlling the tempo and interests and the audience anticipates into the race, then comes in the small drums when the race is turning into the high climax presenting us the spirit of each competitor fighting for the first prize.
扬琴 排鼓 Vibraphone(颤音琴) Marimba（马林巴） Xylophone（木琴） 吊镲、女声
The slender female vocal breaks the peace as the sky appears from the clouds. Is any body's heart beating, is it the waves clapping, or the see shores' echoing? The dulcimer bring out the chipping sound of water. During this midnight hour, the river seems just waking up, putting on a reluctant and lazy but joyful face. The joy spreads through the wind and towards the sea shore, as the sun rise delivers the biggest surprise to push the rhythm to the highest climax. The breaking sound in the music melody creates another fantasy of the nature in front of our vary eyes.
Vibraphone Marimba Conga（康加鼓） 铃鼓 古筝
In the humid cool night, the ancient Guzheng plays out a glance of light reflecting from the water, where is it come from as we look up the sky, we realized the glamorous moonlight is shinning down on us. We wake up as vibraphone jiggles on our face, soon the cool feeling fades as the marimba warms us as a feather coat. We have never realized our identity as the guest and with the moonlight we start to miss our home as the piece ends with a wonder in dream.
梆笛 唢呐 中国大鼓 中国鼓 排鼓 小军鼓 Tom-tom 吊釵 大钹 古筝
10、 Yellow River Praise
Who can tell the formation of the yellow river? It flows and covers through sand and stones, undoubtedly yet unpredictable. The music is as long as many book chapters, involved in the variety of percussion, displayed the various kinds of formation of the yellow river. The Bass Drums sounding like roar of the tides from the river, as the small drums played a harmony of the flowing streams down to the bottom of the river.
The Suona open from the sky to the ground, the rocking but natural timbre of the instrument brings us one step closer to smell the dust that sleeps beneath the river. On the contrary to display the enormous yellow river's soul to reveal the main topic and the scene. This obvious and bald wantonly sounding keeps us the joy of the pride which reminds the truth meaning of life presented by the yellow river. The Guzheng sketches the water's movement in front of our eyes. Toward ending, the bamboo flute reveals the rise and fall of the human life as to the water. Freedom finally unlocks the secrets of this music piece.
柳琴 Bongo Conga Vibraphone xylophone 沙球 碰铃 木鼓 小釵 小狗锣
What a view as the springs step follows you and finally appears in front of your eyes! Short melody but fulfilled with tasteful flavors. In the beginning, marimba and celesta carry our the beats as the steps of spring walk toward us. The main melody from the musical instrument of Liuqin certainly assured us that spring is coming. Then, the recapitulation shares the harmony of the ancient instrumental melody and the beat of percussion; set in the right mood as spring walks into us gradually and expectantly. In the end as we experience the deep spring, gongs, cymbals and percussion enlighten the emotion with games, tricks and even laughter to share the truthful joy of the spring. Three parts of sound, various scenes from the spring.
曲笛 颤音琴 小锣 小镲 深波 木鱼 磬 古筝
Starting with the classical chipping music instrument, the scene appears as the ancient temple out of our ears. The familiar flute melody, brings people together out of the woods following into the garden and sharing of their meaningful joy. Combination of gongs and woodblocks guide us toward a ancient story about a writer who devotes his entire life into the books and finally found direction by experiencing the uncertain reality, and this time what would his reality reveal to him?
琵琶/扬琴/阮/柳琴四重奏： 张强 兰维薇 刘音旋 申婷
中国/西洋打击乐助理： 高超 高跃 王帅
唢呐： 高海 姚笛 沈建晖
合声： 黄堃 尉金莹 袁小钢 龙昊 宋占英
窦穎 樊竹清 王英姿 张本智 塔拉
Chinese percussion: Wang JianHua
Western percussion: Liu Gang
Tabla and Arabic drum: Chen Wei
PiPa/LiuQin: Zhang Qiang
GuQin (A seven-stringed zither): Zhao JiaZhen
Pan Flute: Du Cong
Bamboo Flute/Xiao: Dai Ya
GuZheng(A twenty-one-stringed zither): ChangJing
Dulcimer: Liu YinXuan
Guitar: Liu Lin
Violin: Zhao KunYu
Liuqin/PiPa/Ruan/Dulcimer: ZhangQiang/Lan Weiwei/Liu YinXuan/Shen Ting
Percussionist: Gaochao/Gaoyue/Wang Shuai
Suona: Gao Hai/ Yao Di/Shen JianHui
Choir: Huang kun/Wei JinYing/Yuan XiaoGang/Long Hao/Song ZhanYing/Dou Ying/ Fan ZhuQing/Wang YingZi/Zhang BenZhi/Ta La
Producer: Ye Yunchuan
Executive Producer: Ye Yunchuan
Composed By: Wang FuJian
Assistant Of Composer: Wang Shuai
Recording Engineer: Li XiaoPei
Assistants Of Engineer: Wang Heng, Liu Bo
Introduction Written By: Yang Qian
Translated By:Jack Zhang
Photos: Xiao Ye
Graphic Design: Zhang HongKe
Recording Studio: CCTV’s 480 Sq. Meters Recording Studio
Postproduction: JVC,Japan/Pauler Acoustics.Germany
Produced by: Rhymoi Music. Co., Ltdwww.rhymoi.com
Copyright Statement: The music and arrangements appearing on this album have been licensed in accordance with the copyright laws of China. If there are any errors, please contact us.
1、金戈铁马入梦来 Golden Spear Steel Horse
2、戏谭 Beijing Opera Show
3、悠闲的摇摆 Rest in Motion
4、雅拉雪山 The Spiritial Mountain, Yala
5、风月 Dreamland Of Fantasy
6、太阳之舞 Dance Under The Sun
7、端午竞舟 Dragon Boat Race
8、轻舟如叶 Boat trip
10、黄河赞 Yellow River Praise