PAMF - Re-imagining the Musical Tradition

PAMF Concert

Performance by Stanford Philharmonia Orchestra, Jindong Cai, conductor

This program focuses on the transformation of ancient performance styles from Japan, China, and Korea. From Japan, the celebrated Master Tosiko Yonekawa II offers three pieces that allow listeners to experience the transformation of ziuta, a chamber music style of samisen music, in which the performer sings while playing the instrument. From China, this performance features Zhou Long’s Pipa Concerto, “The King of Chu Doffs His Armor,” in which the pipa is played in the traditional manner, but is accompanied by a symphonic orchestra using contemporary techniques.  And, from Korea, Jin Hi Kim presents her personal modernization of the ancient komungo instrument using electronic and digital technology. Kim performs “Eternal Rock,” a concerto she composed specifically for the digital komungo.  $10 general; $5 students; free for Stanford students with ID.


All concerts take place at Stanford University venues. Tickets can be purchased through the Stanford Ticket Office (650) 725-ARTS (2787). Ticket prices are $5 -$10. Several events are free. For details and online tickets, please visit the festivalwebsite: or the Department of Music’s events website:


Transforming Tradition





 Stanford, CA – January 10, 2012 – The 2012 Stanford Pan-Asian Music Festival presents Transforming Tradition, a unique, two-week-long series of performances, lectures, demonstrations, and panel discussions. Primarily focused on music from China, Japan, and Korea, this festival explores how musical performance traditions from Asian countries have changed and been transformed throughout history both within and beyond their own cultures. 

 The festival features internationally acclaimed masters of Chinese gu-zheng, Japanese koto, and Korean gayageum who will travel to the United States exclusively for the festival. They will demonstrate the transformation of these zither-like instruments originating in China but over the centuries developing into their own unique performance traditions, techniques, and repertoire. The festival will also explore the impact of technology – including electronics, video, and multimedia – on performance style.

 This year the lectures and demonstrations associated with the festival will take the format of “Elegant Gatherings,” an ancient term used to describe a gathering of scholars and artists. Participants in an Elegant Gathering come together to share their knowledge and deepen friendships as they cultivate their respective scholarly and artistic pursuits. Each of the three Elegant Gatherings will include a traditional tea ceremony – first from Korea, then Japan, and finally China.

 Professor Jindong Cai, the founder and artistic director of the Stanford Pan-Asian Music Festival states, “In today’sinformation age, we are always searching for the future of music and the future of art in general. But I think it is equally important to look back and see how traditional arts have been transformed. By understanding the past, we can better perceive the future.”

 The festival takes place from February 3 to February 11 at Stanford University venues. All concerts require tickets; Elegant Gatherings and the opera workshop are free. For a full and updated PAMF schedule of events, please visit  (This website should be complete by January 12.)  You may also visit the Department of Music’s events website,

Now in its eighth year, the Pan-Asian Music Festival has established itself as one of the most important Asian music festivals in the U.S.  It is dedicated to promoting an understanding and appreciation of music in contemporary Asia through an annual series of concerts and academic activities. Jindong Cai, Director of Orchestral Studies for the Stanford Department of Music, is the founder and artistic director.

Saturday, February 11, 2012 | 8:00 pm — 10:00 pm
Dinkelspiel Auditorium, 471 Lagunita Dr, Stanford University

Department of Music