Montreal's XiFu Sagas Mix Classical with Ancient Chinese Music for 'One Last Dance'
Published Jun 18, 2013For music fans in search of something out of the ordinary, Montreal ensemble XiFu Sagas will be releasing a new album this month and hitting the road for a trio of release shows. The album called One Last Dance, and it will be out on June 21.
XiFu Sagas are a chamber group featuring compositions by Simon Chung. Their material, according to their press materials, mixes "classical, jazz, modern, and ancient Chinese music." The instrumental setup includes a range of strings, horns, percussion, piano and voice.
One Last Dance is an 18-part "original song suite inspired by the 24th hexagram of the I-Ching 復," which means "regeneration." Its narrative "follows the journey of a lost dancer in search for his destined partner during the winter solstice."
This story is illuminated by a 16-page booklet, which comes with both physical and digital versions, and includes prose, lyrics and illustrations.
Hear a few of the tracks at the bottom of this page. A live performance of the fragment "Path of the Stars" is also below.
As for the release shows, they will take place in Montreal, Ottawa and Hamilton on June 21, 22 and 23, respectively.
You can pre-order the album here on Bandcamp.
6/21 Montreal, QC - Le Cagibi *
6/22 Ottawa, ON - Daily Grind Art Café
6/23 Hamilton, ON - Artword Artbar ^
* with Plein Air
^ with Earth Wind and Choir