Sino-Norwegian Musicians Visit BSG - The Monkey King Band!

Friday, October 7, 2016 by PETER SINCLAIR | Visiting Musicians

On Wednesday 28th September, BSG students in KS2 were dazzled by two musical performances by The Monkey King Band. This group of musicians is a special cross-cultural arts collaboration between professional Norwegian and Chinese musicians. Each year they come together to create a fascinating melting pot of fusion music which they tour around schools here in China and then in Europe. This years line up included more Chinese instrumentalists with additions of the Qian, Sheng, Gu Zheng, Pi Pa and Ruan. 

Adding to the eclectic mix were Norwegian percussion, layered synthesizers and a vocalist/narrator. The students thoroughly enjoyed the sonic journey and 'Tale of the Two Lost Dragons'. The performance included some very interesting audience participation from the students including vocal sound effects, rain sounds and call and response singing. 

We would like to thank the band members and their team for coming to see us again this year, and give a special mention and thanks to Miss Angie, who helps to coordinate these visits each year. We look forward to seeing them again soon, and to what next year has to offer!