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Co-composed by Lao Luo and Bang on a Can founders Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe, Cloud River Mountain is an edgy cross-cultural collaboration between the Bang on a Can All-Stars and the extraordinary Chinese vocalist Gong Linna, whose dynamic voice covers a vast canvas of sonic colors. Linna has drawn comparisons to Björk with her adventurous range, embracing Chinese folk, pop, and avant-garde art music with a sure-footed confidence that transcends borders.
On Cloud River Mountain, she sings in both Mandarin and English over the groove-driven melodies and lush soundscapes of the All-Stars, weaving ancient Chinese storytelling together with Western songwriting in a raucous musical mix. Inspired by the verses of classical Chinese poet Qu Yuan, these seven songs channel the mystical stories of the past and merge them with the churning, clanging sounds of the future.
released July 21, 2017
Qu Yuan (c. 340-278 BCE) was a Chinese poet and minister who lived during the Warring States period. His poems were ﬁrst published during the Han Dynasty, in the anthology
Chu Ci (Songs of the South).
Translations originally published in The Songs of the South: An Anthology of Ancient Chinese Poems by Qu Yuan and Other Poets (edited by David Hawkes for Penguin Classics, 1985).
Into the Clouds, River and girl with mountain published by Red Poppy, Ltd. (ASCAP).
Yun Zhong Jun, He Bo, Shan Gui and Tan Te published by GongLuo (copyright control).
Executive producers: Michael Gordon, David Lang, Kenny Savelson and Julia Wolfe
Label manager: Bill Murphy
Cantaloupe sales manager: Adam Cuthbert
Editorial consultant: Joanna C. Lee
Art direction + graphic design: Christopher Kornmann for Spit + Image Calligraphy (cover): Patrick P. Lee
Special thanks to Debra Simon, Andrew Cotton, Christina Jensen, Joanna Lee, Rob Grenoble, Adam Cuthbert, Aaron Garcia, Sruly Lazaros, Mike McCurdy, Bill Murphy, Tim Thomas and Philippa Thompson.