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Crossing Chinese Opera With Jazz Is a Musical Dialogue Across Time and Space With the Golden Jazz' Premiering in the USA

ARLINGTON, Texas, Oct. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Crossing Chinese Opera with Jazz is an innovative cultural project which is produced by Zhuhai Golden Jazz Cultural Industry Management Co., Ltd. Through adapting and arranging classic Chinese opera excerpts in the manner of jazz music, the two independent music forms have been blended harmoniously and created a refreshing performance.  The Poster of "Crossing Chinese Opera with Jazz" This project has gathered a group of world-class jazz musicians from both home and abroad, and Chinese opera artists, who have been working together and have finally come up with this amazing and significant music performance. After the successful debut in Zhuhai, Guangdong Province of China on May 26th, 2017, Golden Jazz has been invited by UTA (University of Texas at Arlington) to the United States for academic exchange in a symposium held on Oct 12th, 2017 as well as for the overseas premiere which was held at 19:30 local time on Oct 13th, 2017 at Texas Hall on UTA campus.  Golden Jazz has provided a platform for numerous Chinese well-known opera artists and jazz musicians from both home and abroad and they have jointly presented a refreshing and stunning concert which brings a music cultural clash between the ancient and the modern. Ms. QI Aiyun, a National Level I performer, the famous Qin Qiang opera artist as well as the winner of Plum Performance Award in the 21st Chinese Opera, participated in the concert and sang the classic opera pieces 'The Sole of Straw Sandals' (Ma Xie Di), 'The White Snake' (Bai She Zhuan)and 'Peach Blossoms in March' (Sanyue Taohua). And the well-known US composer, conductor and saxophonist as well as the arranger of the music, Drew Zaremba has adapted traditional opera pieces such as "The Arraignment of Su San" (Susan Qi Jie), "Farewell, My Concubine" (Ba Wang Bie Ji), "The Execution of Shan Tong" (Zhan Shantong), "Qinchuan New Song" (Qinchuan Xin Ge), and "In the Deep Night" (Ye Shenchen) has successfully brought out the essence of both Chinese opera and jazz and has made the musical blending great. The audience were impressed and amazed by the unique music expression. They gave rounds of sincere and warm applauses to every piece of music in the concert and they even stood up when the concert came to the end, applauding and reluctant to leave. All performers and musicians in the hall were gratified to feel the audience's enthusiasm for their performance. The concert at UTA has attracted the attention of the local Chinese media and the music media. A large number of Chinese overseas students attended the concert, being curious about the effect of the mix between Chinese opera from their own culture which they are familiar with and jazz from the American culture. After the concert, these students shared their views and felt a positive feeling from the event  - they were able to understand both musical cultures better. The photos of the concert of "Crossing Chinese Opera with Jazz" Exciting news is that the project of Crossing Chinese Opera with Jazz has been selected as a key cultural communication project by Department of Culture, Guangdong Province and submitted to the Ministry of Culture of the People's Republic of China. This project is not only for a performance work on the stage, but also aimed to make the most use of values by such musical innovation and cultural blending. During the symposium, professors from the music department of UTA were deeply impressed by the profound Chinese culture and endless charm of Chinese opera arts, in which they have showed their strong interest. The professors thought this meaningful and wonderful art form should be recognized by more Americans. Therefore, right after the concert, the producer of the project Ms. ZHOU Jing and all the performance artists were invited for a further discussion on a serial of issues in relation to the development of Crossing Chinese Opera with Jazz. For example, issues like how to make this type of music form more naturally and how to recompose more refreshing music pieces by blending the two music forms have been brought up in the symposium. The trip of Crossing Chines Opera with Jazz to the USA has created more values in cultural communication, academic research and educational innovation. Combining the essence of Chinese traditional opera and jazz music, the new form of world music will unquestionably bring a better understanding of Chinese culture to the world. View original content with multimedia:

India: Plan to fight pollution ahead of Diwali festival

By APD writer Rishika Chauhan NEW DELHI, October 16 (APD): Acting on a Supreme Court order, the government has decided to broadcast warnings on television, radio and newspapers whenever Delhi’s air quality drops to “very poor”. As of now, air quality readings are available on websites and mobile applications of agencies like pollution control boards and the System of Air Quality Forecasting and Research (SAFAR). The warning system, which is designed on the lines of mechanisms used in Beijing and Paris, will be implement from Tuesday, two days before the festival of Diwali. Dipankar Saha, the additional director and head of the Air Lab of Central Pollution Control Board said, “Whenever pollution increases, emission has to be cut. We are ready to tackle any situation.” The need of putting in place a warning system was being acknowledged since last year after harsh smog forced authorities to shut schools and ban construction activities after Diwali in 2016. It is being speculated that parking charges will be increased three to four times, to encourage residents to use public transport. In 2016, the pollution level post Diwali was the worst in last two decades. Burning of paddy stalks in the neighbouring provinces, vehicle exhaust and construction dust, added to the air pollution. This led to Delhi being identified as the city with the worst air quality by the World Health Organization. To combat the situation the odd-even car rationing system was launched in the capital along with a ban on construction activities. (ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)

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Belt and Road new engine of the Hong Kong economy

The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government on Oct.11 published a work report on Chief Executive Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor's first 100 days in office. The report said the SAR government would actively seek to sign free trade agreements, investment promotion and protection agreements and agreements on avoidance of double taxation with various countries, including those along the Belt and Road routes. The underlying purpose is to explore markets covered by the Belt and Road Initiative and those beyond, and further consolidate Hong Kong's role as a center of international trade, business and finance. The report said the SAR government was negotiating with the central government on a comprehensive agreement for Hong Kong's participation into the Belt and Road construction. (BELT AND ROAD PORTAL)


China-Belarus Industrial Park makes breakthrough in attracting investors

The China-Belarus industrial park Great Stone has been attracting investors, and the number of resident companies has more than doubled, said the head of the park's administration. Since the beginning of the year, more than 10 companies from China, Belarus, Russia, Austria, the United States and Lithuania have become new residents of the industrial park, Alexander Yaroshenko said in a recent interview with Xinhua. "We set ourselves a goal for this year. At least 20 resident companies have come to us, ten of them have begun to actively build their facilities and at least five of them have started carrying out their work. The park is entering an active phase of development," he said. The industrial park, also known as the Great Stone, is being built near the Belarusian capital of Minsk. The two countries have agreed to connect the park to China's Belt and Road Initiative, which runs through Asia and Europe. In May, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko issued a decree to expand the benefits for resident companies of the park in a bid to attract more enterprises from around the world, including those from China. According to the decree, resident companies will be exempted from a profit tax for 10 years after the first fiscal period during which they would start generating profits by selling goods or services. Resident companies and the joint managing company will also be exempted from the land tax until June 14, 2062. "The decree created unprecedented favorable conditions for investors to enter the industrial park. The park provides investors with almost complete exemption from taxes", Yaroshenko said. According to Yaroshenko, under the new presidential decree, the investment threshold has been reduced from 5 million U.S. dollars to 500,000, offering opportunities for small and medium-sized enterprises. "Already now we can say that due to the lowering of the investment threshold and unprecedented business conditions in the park, guaranteed by the new decree, the interests of investors has began to grow," he said. Currently, China-Belarus Industrial Park Development Company is negotiating with many enterprises. By the end of the year the number of residents is expected to increase to 25 at most, according to the park's administration. "Despite a significant leap in the development of the park, we would like this process to move more dynamically, so that more high-tech enterprises would come and produce competitive products," Yaroshenko said. Yaroshenko has seen good prospects for the development of the industrial park. The park will create new jobs and attract high-tech talent and is expected to create more than 6,000 jobs by 2020, he said. He believes that the park will become a real city in the future. "We expect to have about 10,000 people working and living in industrial park by 2020, and more than 130,000 people by 2030," he added. "Realization of our goal will make Great Stone a new face of the Belarusian economy and become a growth point," he said. (BELT AND ROAD PORTAL)