Tangram x Beibei Wang: 五行 Wu Xing – Five Elements
The collective of the five elements (五行) is central to Chinese philosophy and informs knowledge of cosmology, medicine and martial arts, amongst many other cultural practices. In this special evening, fire, water, wood, metal and earth are transformed into an arresting spectrum of sound combining Chinese folksong, Peking Opera and Western Classical music.
Genre-defying percussionist Beibei Wang is an acclaimed international virtuoso multi-percussionist and founding artist of Tangram. She has been heralded by the Wall Street Journal for her ‘high-energy virtuosity’ and by The Times for her ‘flamboyant’ performance style. Since 2008, Beibei has been featured as a soloist in world-renowned composer Tan Dun’s Organic Music Trilogy, collaborating with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the China Philharmonic. Tangram are a trailblazing, London-based music collective growing transnational community by creatively celebrating Chinese cultures. Their compositions and performances – described as ‘a dazzling display’ and ‘more like a festival than a concert’ (I CARE IF YOU LISTEN) – engage audiences in nuanced cultural exchange and deep listening across perceived borders.