Sky Orchestra based on poem Wishing We Last Forever (但願人長久).
This project is an exploration into Confucian values of filial piety through, the lens of Chinese history and pop culture, and how it relates to my existence within a Western context. Silent Orchestra is based on a Chinese poem was written by a well-known Chinese poet Su Shi, from the Song Dynasty, during the Mid-Autumn Festival in 1076. It was about a feeling of loss and yearn-ing. The words evoke the joys and sorrows of the human world in a Buddhist view of life in the world.
Music played a central role in court life in ancient China. Visitors to the courts of kings and lords could expect to be entertained by troops of dancers and accompanying musicians. Many poems were performed on ritual occasions, and music was believed to have great moral powers. Confucius distinguished between music that would bring people into harmony and music that would lead to wanton thoughts.
Sky Orchestra is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.
Image credits: Cyrus Tang, Sky Orchestra 5.12.20 2020, 1 hr long exposure for piano practicing.