Classics from Asia presents the music of Asian civilisations, including practices with their roots in literati, court, folk, and early modern cosmopolitan music-making.

‘Fine music’ is often assumed to refer to music from the European cultural tradition, with non-European music often lumped as ‘world music’ or even the patronising ‘ethnic music’. The Iranian-American composer Reza Vali argues in his book Return to the Origins, that “almost a century after the end of colonialism, the dust of Eurocentric thinking still weighs heavily on the musical minds of the peoples of the world.”

Classics from Asia will challenge these attitudes with a new monthly program which will focus upon the classic and art music of Asia.

February highlight is the tembang sunda vocal tradition of West Java, with two recordings featuring Ida Rosida. 
March highlight are excerpts from The Peony Pavilion by kunqu star Zhang Jiqing.

Classics from Asia is a program from Sunday’s Explorations.
Listen Live on the 2nd Sunday of the month at 6:00pm, or Listen Anytime below.

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