"Going After Clouds and Dreams is Lao Dan's first flute solo album. It is recorded in April 2017 in his hometown Dandong, a border city across the Yalu River from North Korea. Most compositions were written between late 2016 and early 2017, “Tune on the Fourth Day of Chinese Sexagenary Cycle” and “Tune on the Seventh Day of Chinese Sexagenary Cycle” were Improvisations. In this album, Lao Dan parted with the bright and sweet sound texture of traditional Chinese flute by removing its membrane. The result was a dusky and more meditational atmosphere which relied solely on the resonance of the bamboo itself. The album was recorded in a bomb shelter built in the time of Korean War, which provided a unique soundscape with natural reverberation and a steady stream of illusions."
Lao Dan / chinese bamboo flute (dizi)
Modern Sky World Music (MW-008) May 2018
Available as 320k MP3 or 24bit FLAC
01.Blowing Clouds (吹云)
02.Wasted Dreams (废梦)
04.Hovering in the Air (悬空定身)
07.Tune on the Fourth Day of Chinese Sexagenary Cycle (丁卯日一曲)
08. Tune on the Seventh Day of Chinese Sexagenary Cycle (庚午日一曲)
09.Immortals’ Flowers (仙葩)
A classically trained Chinese flutist at Shenyang Conservatory of Music (SYCM), Lao Dan sticks to his own vision of and approach to the bamboo flute and its sounds. His playing continues to push the limits of artistic expression on this instrument, exploring the possibilities of free, energetic, and nonconformist ways of sound-making confined by neither Jazz nor traditional Chinese musical conventions. His improvisation often brings to the audience an overwhelming sonic experience in which the East and the West, the ancient and the modern clash dramatically on each other.