惠风和畅 A Gentle Breeze Brings Harmony and Joy: Chinese musical instruments join the New Zealand School of Music

A suite of musical instruments from China was unveiled at Victoria University of Wellington on 15 July on the occasion of the renaming of the Asia–Pacific Music Studio at Te Kōki New Zealand School of Music. Celebrating the occasion was the University Pro Vice Chancellor Jennifer Windsor, joined by NZSM Director Euan Murdoch and staff, the University’s Confucius Institute Director Wen Powles, Arts Adviser Dr Luo Hui and staff, guests from the Chinese and Indonesian Embassies, and performers and students. The string (guzheng, guqin, pipa) and percussion instruments are the latest in the growing family of non-Western instruments in the NZSM collection, comprising Māori, Pasifika, Indonesian, Thai and now Chinese instruments. The Chinese collection was made possible by the generosity of Confucius Institute Headquarters in Beijing and with the assistance of the Victoria University of Wellington’s partner, Xiamen University in Wellington’s sister city of Xiamen. The home of two historic gamelan orchestras on permanent loan from Indonesia, the Asia–Pacific Music Studio at NZSM is famous for its association with music icon, Jack Body, who pioneered Asia–Pacific music and composition at Victoria University of Wellington. Jack Body was our Music Consultant at the University’s Confucius Institute who had a great love of China and Chinese music (Listen here) and the new Chinese musical instruments collection is established in his memory. Following the successful model developed with the Indonesian gamelans for over 40 years to involve students, staff and community, the Chinese instruments will spur new musical endeavours by the NZSM and the University’s Confucius Institute in our creative capital city, across New Zealand, and with China. With a gentle reference to Wellington’s famous zephyrs, the collection has been named 惠风和畅 (hui feng he chang) by Luo Hui.

惠风和畅:中国民族乐器融入新西兰音乐学院

7月15日,在新西兰音乐学院亚太地区音乐工作室重新命名之际,来自中国的系列民族乐器在维多利亚大学举行揭幕仪式。维多利亚大学副校长Jennifer Windsor、新西兰音乐学院院长Euan Murdoch及学院教职员工、孔子学院院长陈雯及教职员工、孔院艺术顾问罗辉博士及教职工、中国大使馆和印度尼西亚大使馆、惠灵顿市贵宾、演员、学生共聚一堂,共庆“惠风和畅”——中国民族乐器融入新西兰音乐学院。新西兰音乐学院收藏的非西方乐器近年来不断增长,有包括来自毛利,太平洋岛国族裔、印尼,泰国的乐器,而现在中国的弦乐乐器(古筝,古琴,琵琶)和打击乐器也加入其中。这些中国乐器的加入得益于孔子学院总部(国家汉办)的慷慨支持,以及坐落在惠灵顿市的姐妹城市厦门市的厦门大学——维多利亚大学的姐妹大学的大力支持。

新西兰音乐学院亚太地区音乐工作室前身有受印尼政府支持的2支具有悠久历史的著名加麦兰管弦乐队。亚太音乐工作室的也得益于已故音乐大师Jack Body率先在维多利亚大学开创亚太音乐和作曲。他热爱中国和中国音乐,也曾任我们孔子学院音乐顾问,(Listen here),此次系列中国民族乐器的融入是对Jack Body先生最好的怀念。循着印尼加麦兰管弦乐队40年融入学生、教职员工和社会人士的发展模式,中国民族乐器将会在新西兰音乐学院和孔子学院的共同努力下,在这个新西兰创新型首都城市里,跨越新中文化,激发新的音乐激情。

这次名为“惠风和畅”的揭幕仪式由罗辉博士选自王羲之名作《兰亭集序》“天朗气清,惠风和畅”,完美地结合了惠灵顿风之都的美誉。