Chinoiseries

The Context

In the first half of the 20th century, Calcutta was a famed residence for European musical misfits and American black jazzmen who found work and a social acceptance that was denied to them back home. The city is also home to Chinese (and Armenian) traders along the Silk Road who settled here centuries ago. Chinoiserie was the occasion to evoke this unique multi-cultural history.

The Music

Ethnomusicologist themes of ancient China revisited by contemporary western composers with a classical and jazz background, using a variety of traditional Chinese instruments along with classical guitar and orchestral piano.

This selection cares about delivering a seamless pleasant experience while avoiding the clich├ęd sound of ethnic Chinese music.