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katya-oddio on 04/29/2010 at 09:30PM

Children of Ling Shan

Chan Wai Fat composed this original soundtrack for the play CHILDREN OF THE SOUL MOUNTAIN (LING SHAN) inspired by the daoist pilgrimage in Gao Xingjian's Nobel winning novel SOUL MOUNTAIN (LING SHAN).

Composer Chan Wai Fat visited the minority tribes along part of the Ling Shan path, resulting a re-interpretation of two traditional folk songs and seven new compositions with a mix of native recordings. This album is a selection of songs from the play, sung by elderly blind folk singer Po Sun-yi. Sun-yi was born and raised in Guizhou. This is the same region of southwestern China where composer Fat visited the Ling Shan Path and where Shamanistic customs and traditions still flourish.

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jessibird on 04/29/10 at 10:46PM
Wow, strong stuff! Has anyone seen the play, or read the book?
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katya-oddio on 04/30/10 at 11:22PM
Google Books lets you read excerpts of the book.
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katya-oddio on 04/30/10 at 11:39PM
Here's a review by a fellow FMA member. It's not as kind as the Yale Book Review was.
http://www.imaginaryplanet.net/essays/literary/soulmountain.php
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jessibird on 05/01/10 at 12:37AM
Thanks, Katya! I'll check out the excerpt and see if it satisfies my curiosity or whether I'll want to get a hold of the book.
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