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Liu Sola   (Born 1955)

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Liu Sola is a composer, a highly individualistic vocalist and also a major contemporary fiction writer.
After graduating from the Central Conservatory of Music in China, with a degree in composition, she composed music for symphony orchestras, ensembles, solo instruments, as well as music for film, television, modern theater and dance productions. She created the first Chinese rock opera Blue Sky Green Sea with a libretto based on her own award-wining novella of the same name.

From 1988 to 2002, she lived first in London and then in New York, collaborating with Blues, Jazz, Rock, Rap, Reggae, and Club musicians as well as traditional and classical musicians, and gave performances world wide. In 1999, Liu Sola returned to China, and with her band Liu Sola and Friends, gave ground-breaking performances at the Beijing Jazz Festival. The band has since been enlarged both physically and conceptually, performing as the first-ever traditional Chinese "big band" in Beijing in 2002; and in Berlin in 2003, as a fusion ensemble made up of traditional Chinese and American jazz-rock musicians. More recently, she has been devoting her musical attention to fashioning contemporary sounds from traditional Chinese instruments, while continuing to explore new vocal styles.

The world premiere of Liu Sola's opera Fantasy of the Red Queen was given by Ensemble Modern together with the (Liu Sola & Friends) Chinese ensemble in May 2006. Liu Sola composed the libretto and music as well as being director and lead vocalist for the opera. Fantasy of the Red Queen was commissioned by The House of World Cultures (HKW) in Germany.

Liu Sola is represented by Theatre of Voices Edition

Live Dates

10/11/2011   Hillier brings attention to Australian music
Limelight Magazine feature about the music on A Bridge of Dreams which brings Australian music to international attention and "offers huge potential for the expansion of cultural understanding". Read the article here
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04/07/2012   Audiophile Audition

A Bridge of Dreams
"Hillier continues his penchant for excellent recitals in superb sonics."
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09/02/2012   Gramophone

A Bridge of Dreams
"Anne Boyd's As I crossed a bridge of dreams steals the show (...) and - like everything else here - admirably performed"
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01/02/2012   BBC Music Magazine

A Bridge of Dreams
4/5 Stars

"Unsual, moving pieces nicely performed and recorded"
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01/02/2012   International Record Review

A Bridge of Dreams
"This is an intriguing disc of barely known and often very beautiful music"
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30/01/2012   The Whole Note

A Bridge of Dreams
"Curious and delightfully captivating."
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27/01/2012   American Record Guide

A Bridge of Dreams
"This is a delightful release full of worthy music and performances that bring it alive with infectious joy."
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01/12/2011   Allmusic.com

A Bridge of Dreams
"This is an album that should be of strong interest to fans of new choral music from off the beaten path"
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27/11/2011   The Observer

A Bridge of Dreams
"A world-class choir at its best"
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24/11/2011   SA-CD.net

A Bridge of Dreams
5/5 Stars

"Lovers of choral music should not miss this inspiring programme ... a typically superlative performance by Ars Nova Copenhagen"
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Discography

A Bridge of Dreams
A Bridge of Dreams
Harrison, Edwards, Body, Sola, Boyd

SACD 6.220597 (2011)

Unusua music from the Pacific Rim featuring composers and poets from China, Japan, California, New Zealand and Australia recorded by Ars Nova Copenhagen and Paul Hillier


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