Confucius Institute Events

Upcoming events

World Tai Chi and Qigong Day

People around the world recognize the benefits of this practice by passing the chi around the globe at 10 on the last Saturday in April every year. Save the date! Join us at 10:00 am on Hot Dog Day, April 30th at the Hairpin Turn (Marlin Way). Everyone can do tai chi. There'll be t–shirts for participants, and refreshments. Organized by Confucius Institute at AU.


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Confucius Institute at Alfred University hosting take–out dinner in celebration of Lunar New Year

ALFRED, NY – The Confucius Institute at Alfred University invites the University community to join in a celebration of the Lunar New Year with a free traditional Chinese meal.

The Lunar New Year (also called Spring Festival) is the most important traditional holiday in many Asian countries. To celebrate the beginning of the Year of the Tiger, the CIAU is offering free take–out meals on Tuesday, Feb. 1. Meals, prepared by AU Fresh, are available in two options–entrée, one side dish, dessert, and a beverage–and will be available for pick–up from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Knight Club, Powell Campus Center.

Pre–ordering of meals is required. To place a reserved order, please scan the QR code on the image above, or visit this link. Orders must be submitted by Monday, Jan. 31, 12 p.m. There is a limit of 250 meals, which will be provided on a first–come, first served basis. Those ordering meals will be required to comply with Alfred University's COVID protective regulations by wearing a mask into the building when picking up dinner.


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Musical Dialogue: East Meets West
Virtual Concert and Forum on November 16

How do musicians become known, and their performances reach an audience beyond the stage or studio? Enter the music producer. Our guests for the 10th East Meets West virtual concert and forum on Tuesday, November 16 at 8 p.m, are producers Yunchuan Ye and Joshua Cheek. They met in Hong Kong and have been close friends for almost 20 years. In 2011, Cheek successfully supported Ye's Rhymoi Music in winning their first international award, the Independent Music Award for Best Traditional World Album.

Our guests will discuss the exchange and integration of music between the East and the West from their perspective in the music industry, along with the fusion of Eastern and Western music cultures in the recording industry. They will introduce and show some of their work, including videos from Ye's Musical Map of China project.

All are invited to join our Zoom audience with host, Daisy Wu, Director of the Confucius Institute at Alfred University (CIAU).

Yunchuan Ye is a producer, composer, arranger, graphic designer, and founder of one of China's most prestigious audiophile recording labels, Rhymoi Music. As a producer, his records and musical works have won more than 180 awards and nominations, such as "American Independent Music Award", "Global Music Award", "China Gold Record Award", "China Excellent Publishing Award" and "Chinese Music Media Award". As the initiator and music director of the National Art Foundation project, Musical Map of China, Ye won the Best Musician Special Award of the China Gold Record Awards. This series of works has been added to the permanent collection of the National Library. He is further distinguished as the first Full Voting Member of the American Grammy Awards (The National Academy for Recording Arts and Science – NARAS) representing the Chinese music industry.

Joshua Cheek (USA) For more than 25 years, Joshua Cheek has been engaged in every aspect of the music industry, from retail sales to Public Relations and Marketing Director for Naxos of America, including more than 70 published credits in all categories of music production, including several Award–winning and Grammy nominated recordings, including the multi–award winning album of world premieres works for choir and recorder, "The Nightingale", Michala Petri's critically acclaimed "Chinese Recorder Concertos", triple–Grammy nominated "Transfigured Bach" and Song Zuying's historic, Grammy nominated CD, "The Diva Goes to the Movies" Cheek has been a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS, The Grammys) since 2000, and has shepherded numerous artists, ensembles and labels through the Grammy process as well as other industry and cultural awards. Cheek is active as both a musical scholar and respected booklet annotator. He has provided texts for numerous recording labels, including Koch International, Naxos, hänssler CLASSIC, OUR Recordings and numerous texts for Rhymoi Music (瑞鸣音乐)(China), including texts for the Rhymoi's lavish commemorative Olympic production "The Songs of the 56 Chinese Nationalities" sung by Tan Jing.

This series is organized by CIAU and co–sponsored by the Almond 20th Century Club Library, the Cuba Circulating Library, the Hornell Public Library, the David A. Howe Library in Wellsville, and the Wimodaughsian Library of Canisteo, the Performing Arts Division of AU, and the Music Department of China University of Geosciences.

Please go to https://forms.gle/VY1168xUUFJPZKq97 or scan the QR code of the poster to register for this free event.


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Melodies of the East concert

Organized by AU's Confucius Institute and Performing Arts Division, the AU Guzheng Ensemble 2021 Fall Concert Melodies of the East will be hold on Friday October 29th, 6pm in Harder Hall Lobby.

This concert is also in Conjunction with the Opening of Remote Connection exhibition. In this international exhibition, faculty from AU Division of Expanded Media will show with faculty from the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China.

Guzheng is a traditional Chinese instrument with more than 2,700 years of history. In collaboration with the Confucius Institute at AU, AU’s Division of Performing Arts has since 2010 offered "Music of Guzheng" and "Guzheng Ensemble" courses taught by award–winning guzheng artist, Zhongbei (Daisy) Wu. In the past ten years, more than one hundred Alfred University students have learned to play guzheng. The AU Guzheng Ensemble has given many successful concerts on campus, in New York City, in the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. and tour performance in four colleges at 3 cities in China. The ensemble won Gold Medals at the New York Chinese Musical Instrument International Competition in New York City in both 2016 and 2019.


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The 9th East Meets West monthly virtual concert & forum

Mark your calendar for the 9th East Meets West–––Music monthly virtual concert & forum series Tuesday, October 26, at 8 p.m. EST.

Our guests will be Dr. Mingmei Yip, ethnomusicologist, qin (traditional Chinese instrument) artist, writer, calligrapher, and painter, and Dr. Megan Eagen-Jones, musicologist, award-winning professor, and pianist with a broad range of interests including composition, architecture, humanities, physics, and German. Their websites are at newyorkguqin.com and https://music.illinois.edu/faculty/megan-eagen-jones.

Dr. Mingmei Yip and Dr. Megan Eagen-Jones will talk about Literati Music in East and West. Literati qin music is the epitome of elegant, refined music in China. Whereas a similar equivalent in the West is music which connect with the divine and subliminal experiences. This event will be a lively and interesting dialogue between scholars representing two different musical cultures with distinct approaches to nature, subtlety of emotion, aggressive militaristic style, even wine culture. The guest musicians will perform qin and piano pieces to demonstrate these approaches.

This series is organized by the Confucius Institute at Alfred University (CIAU) and co-sponsored by the AU Performing Arts Division, the Music Department of China University of Geosciences, the Almond 20th Century Club Library, the Cuba Circulating Library, the Hornell Public Library, the David A. Howe Library in Wellsville, and the Wimodaughsian Library of Canisteo.

Please go to https://forms.gle/VY1168xUUFJPZKq97 or scan the QR code of the poster to register for this free Zoom event.


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The 8th East Meets West Virtual Concert & Forum

Thursday, September 16, at 8pm

This month, Yazhi Guo, widely considered “the best suona player in the world”, and, David Fiuczynski, Professor at Berklee College of Music, “mad musical scientist” on guitar, will be Daisy Wu’s guests at the 8th East Meets West Virtual Concert & Forum. You are invited to join the fun on Zoom Thursday, September 16, at 8 p.m.

Yazhi Guo is a master of the suona, a traditional Chinese double-reed woodwind instrument with a copper bell, played something like a trumpet. Guo graduated with distinction from the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing in 1990 and taught suona at his alma mater for 9 years. In the 1990’s, he recorded original songs for over 100 films and popular TV series. He won many international awards, including the Grand Prize at New York’s International Pro Musicis Award in 1998. He was invited to give a solo performance with suona and saxophone for heads of state during U.S. President Clinton’s visit to Beijing.

In 1999, Guo was appointed as the Principal Suona by the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra. Since then, he has performed with many orchestras around the world. His brilliant and expressive performances and unique style have created many opportunities for the suona in the world of modern music. He received the Hong Kong Award for Best Artist in 2012.

In 2012 at age 46, Guo said farewell to his highly competitive position in Hong Kong and relocated to Boston to explore jazz at Berklee College of Music. After graduating from Berklee with an Artist Diploma in 2015, he toured China with the Berklee Jazz Band, performing in many cities and colleges. The fusion-style jazz performance - suona with jazz band - is really an eye-opening experience and was well-received by Chinese and American audiences. In 2016, Guo received Thank You letters from the Mayor of Boston and the Governor of Massachusetts for excellence in cross-cultural contributions.

Profe. David "FuZe" Fiuczynski's music is often described as unclassifiable, challenging, and invigorating. Fiuczynski leads the underground cult band Screaming Headless Torsos and has toured and/or recorded with Jack DeJohnette (Miles, Coltrane, Sun Ra, etc.), Stewart Copeland (the Police), Meshell Ndegeocello, Rudresh Mahanthappa, John Medeski, Hasidic New Wave, Bernie Worrell (P-Funk), Hiromi and many more.

David has performed at festivals all over the world. Born in the U.S., David grew up in Germany, where he was always interested in mixing and “fuzing” different musical elements. His recent music melds traditional melodic elements from the Middle East, Asia, India, and Eastern Europe with rock, funk, electronica, and other styles. This concept started on a gig in Morocco in 1992. The Moroccan players noted that Hendrix had visited their country, and this gave FuZe an idea - hard grooves with eastern-inflected melodies putting the listener into a very colorful trance – could this be the music that Jimi would play today? Fiuczynski's band, “KiF”, celebrates a living Hendrix who’s kickin it in Casablanca and rocks the Casbah every Saturday night!

David studied at New England Conservatory's avant-garde and experimental 3rd Stream department. He is also a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow and 2009 & 2017 Mass Cultural Council Fellow in composition. He directs the Planet MicroJam Institute for advanced microtonal studies at Berklee College of Music. His latest recordings are “Gerschlauer/Fiuczynski - MikroJazz”, featuring Jack DeJohnette on drums, with microtonal music inspired by Expressionist paintings, and as featured member on Giorgi Mikadze’s Georgian MicroJamz, based on the microtonal tunings of traditional folk choirs from the Republic of Georgia.

This series is organized by the Confucius Institute at Alfred University (CIAU) and co-sponsored by the AU Performing Arts Division, the Music Department of China University of Geosciences, the Almond 20th Century Club Library, the Cuba Circulating Library, the Hornell Public Library, the David A. Howe Library in Wellsville, and the Wimodaughsian Library of Canisteo.

Please go to https://forms.gle/VY1168xUUFJPZKq97 or scan the QR code of the poster to register for this free event.


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Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration

The Confucius Institute at Alfred University will host the Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration on Monday, September 20th 6-8 pm in the front of the Confucius House (10 Park St. Alfred)

AU students, faculty staff, and community members are all welcomed to join this free outdoor event to explore the Chinese calligraphy, Tai Chi, the Chinese instrument Guzheng and enjoy the mooncakes!

The Mid-Autumn Festival is a traditional Chinese holiday. It is also known as Moon Festival. It started three thousand years ago. The festival originates from an old legend where a man celebrates his wife’s ascent to the moon after drinking elixir that produces immortality. The festival happens on the 15th day of August according to the lunar calendar. People eat moon cakes, watch the brightest full moon of the year, celebrate the harvest and enjoy family reunion.