A Chinese friend of mine played The Dance of the Yao People on the guzheng (Chinese zither) for me in 2005, and I was instantly smitten with the piece. When years later Professor Ken Narducci asked me to write a piece for percussion ensemble for a Directed Study in Composition I took from him, I decided to treat this classical Chinese composition to a funky jazz arrangement.

Arranged by August Champlin

For Jazz Percussion Ensemble

Based on Liu Teishan and Mao Yuan's

The Dance of the Yao People

Performed with the Vienna Symphonic Library

Finale 2010 & Sonar 8.5

Video made with Corel VideoStudio Pro6 and Music Animation Machine


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  • Thanks for the tip and the appreciation, Michael.

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