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2/8/2007 International musicians to share new directions in Asian music

McMINNVILLE - Internationally acclaimed musicians Mei Han and Randy Raine-Reusch will perform in a special world music concert in honor of the inauguration of Thomas L. Hellie as 19th president at Linfield College.

The concert, "New Directions in Asian Music," will be held Saturday, Feb. 24, at 8 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium located in Melrose Hall at Linfield. The performance will include a variety of music deeply rooted in over 2,000 years of Chinese culture. It will feature instruments including the zheng, hulusi, ekidongo, xun, tieu, bawu, pin pia, khaen, ichigenkin and guanzi.

In addition to the concert, Han and Raine-Reusch will also offer a lecture and workshop. They will present "Silk Strings, Jade Bridge/Headhunter's Pipes, Shaman's Drums" on Thursday, Feb. 22, at 3 p.m. in Delkin Hall, located in the Vivian A. Bull Music Center. The lecture and demonstration will focus on traditional musical instruments from around the world. Han and Raine-Reusch will give a workshop in world music improvisation on Friday, Feb. 23, at 10:30 a.m. in Delkin Hall.

Han is a virtuoso performer and scholar of international acclaim on the zheng, a traditional Chinese musical instrument made from bamboo or other wood with silk strings. She has appeared with artists around the world in a multitude of musical genres from symphonic and new music to traditional and world music. Her performances have been broadcast nationally in China, Germany, Australia and Canada and are included in numerous records and CDs. She studied with China's top zheng masters, was a featured soloist for over 10 years with the prestigious Zhan You Ensemble, and achieved two master's degrees from the Musical Research Institute of the Chinese Arts Academy in Beijing and the University of British Columbia. Her texts on Chinese music are published in the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, the premiere music reference book, and international musical journals in both Chinese and English. She is the director of the UBC Chinese Music Ensemble and teaches at Vancouver Community College.

Raine-Reusch is a composer and concert artist of new and experimental music for world instruments. He has recorded and performed on items from his collection of 700 rare and unique world instruments with symphony orchestras, rock artists and numerous other musicians. He has toured internationally both as a solo artist and with others. As a composer, Raine-Reusch has a unique voice with compositions ranging from large-scale site-specific extravaganzas to intimate chamber works. His works have premiered in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong and Spain, including three World Expos and numerous computer music conferences. He is a member of the Canadian League of Composers and an affiliate of the Canadian Music Centre. He has recorded on two Juno nominated CDs and on a Grammy Award-winning CD, appeared in five documentary films on music, and worked as a consultant for Cirque du Soleil. He is the founder of the Rainforest World Music Festival in Sarawak, Malaysia.

All events including the concert, lecture and workshop are free and open to the public. They are co-sponsored by the Department of Music and International Programs. For more information, call the Linfield College Music Department at 503-883-2275. For more information about the performers, go to www.asza.com.