photographer: Lisa Buchana

Liron Man – handpan

Liron Man received his musical training in Israel, studying the piano at the age of 4. At 12, Liron discovered the electric guitar. At 14, he began to perform in bands of various styles such as Rock, Pop, Metal, and Avant Garde Jazz, playing original music including his own compositions. By 18, he has played various instruments, such as the mandolin, nay, clarinet, and Middle Eastern percussion. In the process, he learned Gypsy, Middle Eastern, Samba, Klezmer, and Reggae music. In 2006, Liron bought his first handpan and immediately felt a connection with the instrument. Over the years, Liron has developed a clean, harmonious handpan technique, with astounding speed and accuracy combined with his love for Middle Eastern, Indian, and Flamenco music. Liron is considered as one of the leading handpan artists in the world today, and he has influenced many players. His concerts are unique and captivating experience for the audience. Since 2010, Liron has dedicated himself to the world of flamenco guitar and lived in Andalusia, the core of flamenco in Spain. Today, Liron spends months in Spain, Canada, and China every year and performs with his bands in these countries. He is also touring internationally as a soloist and collaborator, including venues such as Gran Teatro de Elche – Elche, Spain, Villa Mazzacoratti – Bologna, Italy, Museo e Biblioteca internazionale di la musica di Bologna – Bologna, Italy, Teatro Circo – Orihuela, Elche.

Lan Tung – erhu/Chinese violin & voice

Crossing between Vancouver’s new music, improvised music and world music scenes, Lan Tung is the artistic director of Orchid Ensemble, Sound of Dragon Society, and Proliferasian. Lan has appeared as a soloist with Orchestre Metropolitain (Montreal) and Symphony Nova Scotia, and as a soloist/composer with Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Turning Point Ensemble, Upstream Ensemble (Halifax), Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra (Vancouver & Toronto), Atlas Ensemble (Amsterdam & Helsinki), and Little Giant Chinese Chamber Orchestra (Taipei).

Lan Tung’s music often experiments with contradictions by taking culturally specific materials outside their context. Her works embody the rhythmic intricacy from Indian influence, the sense of breath/space from Chinese tradition, and many years of experiences in interpreting contemporary Canadian compositions. Incorporating improvisation and graphic notations, Lan’s compositions and performances are released on numerous CDs, winning an International Independent Music Awards and multiple nominations by JUNO, Canadian Independent Music Awards, Canadian Folk Music Awards, and Western Canadian Music Awards.

Originally from Taiwan, Lan has studied graphic score with Barry Guy, improvisation with Mary Oliver, Hindustani music with Kala Ramnath, and Uyghur music with Abdukerim Osman, in addition to her studies of Chinese music since a young age. At the Vancouver Creative Music Institute (2007-2009), she has studied and performed with Han Bennink (Holland), Barry Guy, Evan Parker, John Butcher (UK), Francois Houle, Paul Plimley…etc.

Jonathan Bernard – percussion

Jonathan combines his western percussion background with a fascination for Asian traditions to create a unique sound palette incorporating a myriad of instruments, techniques and styles. Active in genres from orchestral music to New Music, and world music, he has premiered over seventy chamber works with ensembles such as Vancouver New Music, The Fringe Group, Four Gallon Drum, Ensemble Symposium. The principal percussionist with the Vancouver Island Symphony, Jonathan has performed with numerous orchestras including Vancouver, Victoria, National Ballet and CBC Radio Orchestra. Jonathan studied at the University of Ottawa and the University of British Columbia. His interest in World Music has led him to perform Chinese, Javanese, Balinese and Korean music and study traditional and contemporary Chinese percussion in Beijing, Arabic percussion in Cairo, and Carnatic rhythm in South India. Jonathan has toured throughout North America, Europe, and Japan.