Come to China Institute to experience a literati salon (文人雅集) inspired by ancient traditions, and enjoy an evening of classical music, poetry, calligraphy—and wine!
With the spring in full bloom, let’s celebrate the joy of coming back to China Institute for an evening with artists, musicians, and literature experts. Attendees will enjoy performances and an unforgettable cultural experience that promotes solidarity, friendship and peace.
About “Literati Salons”
At China’s traditional “literati salons,” scholars connected with nature, art, and music while sipping tea and wine. At the most famous of these events, the Orchid Pavilion Gathering (兰亭雅集) in the year 353, 42 gentlemen held a famous drinking contest, in which they floated their rice-wine cups down a winding creek as they sat along its banks. Whenever a cup stopped, the man closest to the cup had to empty it and write a poem. In the end, they produced 37 poems and Wang Xizhi (王羲之 produced Preface to the Poems of the Orchid Pavilion (《兰亭集序》）, the finest calligraphic art in China’s history. The event has since fueled inspiration for all forms of Chinese art.
Tea and wine will be served. Tea service provided by Tea Drunk
Artists and Hostess
Yimin Miao (缪宜民): Chinese woodwind virtuoso and educator Yimin Miao was born in Shanghai, China. Miao is a former member with the internationally acclaimed Shanghai Traditional Orchestra. After moving to New York, Miao established the Ba Ban Chinese Music Society in 1999 and has produced: Changes – the Union of Man and Nature (2019); Red – Lunar New Year (2018); Golden Age of the 1930s & 40s Shanghai Jazz Music (2017); Silk and Bamboo Music from the Yangtze River (2016).
Zhou Yi (周懿): Praised for her “breathtaking” meticulous technique and expressiveness by the Washington Post, pipa/qin soloist Zhou Yi performs widely both in the U.S. and internationally. Her selected appearances include Tan Dunʼs Concerto for Pipa and String Orchestra at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig Germany; Young Peopleʼs Concert with the New York Philharmonic, among many other performances.
An enthusiastic music educator and pipa instructor at Music at China Institute, Zhou Yi gives lectures and workshops to a wide range of students in universities, public schools and libraries. Her students gained the top scores in a number of musical arts programs and have been awarded in televised talent shows. Ms. Zhou graduated from Shanghai Conservatory of Music and is currently the artistic director of the Ba Ban Chinese Music Society of NY.
Steve Booke: A guitar player/musician for over 35 years, Mr. Booke composes music for TV, film and video games, has written over 650 compositions and has recorded over 20 CDs to his name. Graduating from Berklee College of Music in 1994, has paved the way in the guitar and composing world, earning praise and accolades from many in the industry. Steve’s professional experience includes performances, compositions and/or productions with Rock n Roll Hall of Fame inductees such as The Drifters, The Platters and The Coasters as well as other classic rock and Motown groups.
Xiaoping Zhou (周晓平)：Born in Hangzhou, China, Xiaoping Zhou currently sits on the board of Calligraphy Association of North America. His calligraphy particularly follows the running style of Wang Xizhi (王羲之) and Wang Xianzhi (王献之).
Shenzhan Liao (廖申展): Hostess of the event. As the head of the School of Chinese Studies at China Institute, Ms. Liao oversees all educational programs and classes of Chinese language and culture at China Institute. Ms. Liao designs, moderates and produces online and onsite educational programs on a variety of topics including poetry, music, mythology and education to a wide range of audience of the general public. Ms. Liao also leads the institute’s professional development program for K-12 educators.