Zhou Long

The Rhyme of Taigu

            Art is inescapably rooted in the experience of the artist—nationality, ethnicity, life events, gender, and much more—all contribute to the unique and personal perspectives that we value in the artistic vision.  That has always been more or less true, even when we consider the importance of “universals” in art.  For all their timeless and broad visions, Stravinsky is rooted in his Russian birth, Bartók as a Hungarian, Mozart as an Austrian, Bernstein as an American, and so on.  Today, our times—especially since the encounter of Western Europe with “orientalism” during the nineteenth century—have engendered closer and more vital connections with musical tradition from the entire globe.