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Filip Kimho Duo - Runaway Horses

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Runaway Horses- a metaphor illustrating the spirit of departing from home, making a step beyond tradition; towards the idea of re-interpretation and the search for new grounds in music. In addition it also means that while traveling one gets many new and fresh impressions, which happens in making the voyage of recording this album. With pieces ranging from the Mongolian folk tune Galloping Horse, to the silk and bamboo tune from the south-east China, San Liu, it does feel like being taken by the musicians all through China, and beyond. This album presents the collaboration of two musicians interacting inter-culturally, Filip from Holland and Kimho from Hong Kong, China, each has also worked musically across several cultures. The selected music, mostly influenced by East Asian folk music, combined with the aesthetics of European classical tradition, represents a state of mind in music that reflects a genuine interest to understand others' cultures and their subtle nuances. It is possibly the world's first ever recorded album of Chinese dulcimer (Yangchin) and soprano saxophone duet. The soul of experimentalism is, however, by no means to be taken as deconstructing 

tradition. Whereas both instruments are not tightly strangled by a particular tradition, the duo lets the music speak for itself. Especially in pieces like Yang Guan Trio and The Saga, different musical traditions are put in such a natural dialogue that the difference between composed music and traditional music becomes rather indistinct, and probably unnecessary to be too clearly defined as well. Also, the overall philosophy of the recording is to maintain the live acoustic quality of the two instruments, including the ambiances and noises which contribute to the natural character of the playing.


A yangchin is a traditional Chinese string instrument, where the strings are hammered with two bamboo sticks. The instrument originally came from Persia, from there it spread to other countries, as Persia is located to the west of China the instrument became known as 'western instrument', or 'yangchin' in Chinese.
The American Saxophone Journal (NOV/DEC 2009) said in a review about Runaway Horses: "… This is definitely a CD to have in your collection and it may be a "one of a kind." The duo of Davidse and Ip will certainly open new and exciting windows in your listening imagination. They are definitely two artists who have met on that different road, and have come up with some truly wonderful music as a result of that encounter." Paul WagnerNew Folk Sounds (DEC2009/JAN2010): "The CD Runaway Horses, by Filip Davidse and Kimho Ip, proves how enchantingly beautiful the combination of a soprano saxophone and yangchin, the Chinese dulcimer, can be. (…)The music is enchanting because on the one hand it does so much justice the rich and versatile Chinese musical tradition and on the other hand it has enough distance from that tradition to give it an individual and modern spin. 
It's precisely this that makes "Runaway Horses" very accessible for the 'Western' oriented ears.(…) The harmonisations of the sublimely played instruments create a tension, an emotion, that would be absent in a purely conventional interpretation. (…) This unique project certainly deserves a follow up."  Rob van Niele

Kimho Ip 

Born in Hong Kong, Kimho Ip lives in Edinburgh since 1999 and currently works as musical director of iMAP (www.imapimap.com), musical curator for the Confucius Institute for Scotland, and teaches a postgraduate course on music and interculture at the University of Edinburgh. In 2011-12 he is invited to be research fellow at the International Research Centre, "Interweaving Performance Cultures" at the Freie Universitaet, Berlin. As a composer, Kimho's orchestral and chamber works have been showcased at the ISCM World New Music Days (2002/ 2007), the Edinburgh International Festival (2005) and the Gaudeamus in Amsterdam (2006). He explores the presentation of Chinese music in site-specific productions, directing multi-artform works such as Cathay House Blend at the National Museum of Scotland (2006); Cinema China (2007); Dialogues of Wind and Bamboo at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh; and Requiem for Travellers (2010). In 2011-2012 and 2014 he was a research fellow at the International Research Centrum, "Interweaving Performance Cultures" of the Freie Universitaet, Berlin.

And at the moment he also teaches at the Hong Kong University.


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