Chinese Dulcimer & Steelpan
A duo creates novel things in new surroundings through convergence while preserving their culture. The sounds of the tropical steelpan elegantly punctuate the bold, ethereal lilt of the Chinese dulcimer, creating an absolutely transcendent soundscape.
"Water in the Attic" (Live at Intersection Festival at Atlas Performing Arts Center ) by Steelpan musician Josanne Francis. and Chao Tian.
Always Folk Ensemble
A Chinese traditional ensemble committed to sharing new perspectives on Chinese music with audiences while researching and promoting Chinese traditional music, including Sizhu (Silk and Bamboo Music), Cantonese music, and Nanyin (a "living fossil" from China's musical history).
“Yun Qing”(云庆) by Always Folk Ensemble
American Hammered Dulcimer
Chao Tian is the grantee of the Maryland State Arts Council's Folklife Apprenticeship Program. She studied American hammered dulcimer music under the guidance of Karen Ashbrook. Chao's playing on American HD is an combination with Chinese music style, Chines dulcimer technique, and experimental development.
World, Experimental, Fusion
A duo focusing on presenting an efficacious musical dialogue in a “controlled improvisation” setting.
"Ninth Heaven" by world percussionist Tom Teasley and Chao Tian
Dots and Lines
Dots and lines are the most basic artistic elements and concepts of drawing. This project subtly applies these fundamentals to the collaboration among the Chinese dulcimer, string instruments, wind instruments, and vocals.
"Forbidden City" (Live at Matinee Idylls of Hylton Performing Arts Center ) by Cellist Wytold and Chao Tian. A six-string electric cello was used for this one.
From China to Appalachia
TWO-TIME GRAMMY® Award Winners, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer teamed up with versatile Chinese Classical Hammered Dulcimer player Chao Tian to make a US-China Conversation with combining traditional and contemporary Americana and Chinese music.