March 17 2013
Symphony Orchestra of the National Centre for the Performing Arts
Drums reflect many of the unique social and historical patterns that evolve throughout a culture.
The rich array of artistic expressions from the Chinese drum culture (sacrificial, worshiping, farming, and warfare ceremonies; pomp, circumstance, and jubilation) gives full expression to the vitality of the Chinese nation. The verve and strength of the Chinese Miao people inspired Harvest Drum for orchestra.
Chinese drumming is a group activity, often involving six or more percussionists, frequently dressed in ornate clothing with attention-grabbing colors. Harvest Drum features five percussionists, whose unison playing symbolizes the bonds between individuals in the Miao communities with a thread that goes back through many harvest cycles to the beginning of mankind’s own impulse to create and repeat rhythms and patterns be it with the land or with sound.
Augusta Read Thomas