In 2015, a historical music journey from China to Greece; in 2016, this music journey is back from Greece to China. A circle was successfully drawn between the two ancient civilizations, to consist of a unprecedented grand culture journey.
Last October, Meet Culture, a leading culture exchange organization based in Athens, initiated an unprecedented project “Chang Jing Music Travel in Greece”. The Chinese Guzheng virtuoso Chang Jing who performed in the opening ceremony of 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, and the flute musician Zhang Di, are invited by Meet Culture to come to Athens, to start a memorable music journey in Greece. They met with the ancient Greek lyre band Lyre ‘n’ Rhapsody to create together a historical Greek-Chinese collaborated albumAEGEAN, and also had two concerts in Athens and Santorini. This project received highly positive feedback from the Greek people and medias, and also made Chinese people know more about Greece through Chang Jing and Zhang Di’s journey.
This album AEGEAN has been published by Meet Music, the music label of Meet Culture, in mainland China, and is praised by many Chinese music fans.
AEGEAN is not the end, but the beginning of the wonderful culture exchange between the two ancient civilizations. Meet Culture has been planning the AEGEAN MUSIC TOUR in China and finally in August, AEGEAN project now has come to China. Ancient Greek Lyre musician Aliki Markantonatou, the percussionist Areti Miggou and the singer Pan Kaperneka were invited by Meet Culture to China, and would reunion with Chang Jing, Zhang Di and Kevin Miao, the co-founder of Meet Culture.
This year’s AEGEAN Music Journey in China consisted of one Music Festival, three concerts, one sharing event and one ancient Greek lyre workshop.