Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble

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The Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble is an ensemble of traditional Chinese musical instruments based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The ensemble performs both in concert and at community events.[1] Their music encompasses both traditional Chinese pieces and modern music by composers from aroun the world.[2][3]


The Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble was established in 1989. The classically trained musicians perform on traditional Chinese instruments, including erhu, dizi, pipa, yangqin, guzheng, and ruan.[4][3] In 1994 the band released an album, Nine-Fold Heart, on Ponchee Records. The album contained both traditional Chinese dance music and modern compositions.[5] A second album, Transplanted Purple Bamboo, was released in 2000. Their 2005 album New Frontiers, received local radio play.[6][7]

In 2007 the ensemble performed at the Mission Folk Music Festival. In 2016 they participated in the downtown concert at the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival.[8] The ensemble performs regularly at the Dr. Sun-Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden in Vancouver.[3]


  • 1994 - Nine-Fold Heart
  • 2000 - Transplanted Purple Bamboo
  • 2005 - New Frontiers


  1. ^ "Greeting the new year". Salmon Arm Observer, Feb 1st, 2017
  2. ^ "Chinese musicians offer a mixed banquet". Georgia Straight, by Alexander Varty on April 13th, 2006
  3. ^ a b c "A Night of Moving Sounds". Vancouver Weekly, June 6, 2013 by Mike Okada
  4. ^ "“Autumn Flight” celebrates community in historic Chinatown". Vancouver Observer, Jason Hall Nov 20th, 2014
  5. ^ "East meets West, creates absorbing musical idiom". Toronto Star - Toronto, Ont. Geoff Chapman Apr 17, 1994 Page: B.4
  6. ^ "The National International Chart". !earxhot, June 27, 2006.
  7. ^ "Top Albums of 2006". 92.5FM Radio.
  8. ^ "Cherry Jam Downtown Concert". Vancouver's Best Places.

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