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Associate Artists at LSO St Luke’s

Tangram is a London-based music collective growing transnational community by creatively celebrating Chinese cultures.

Made up of researchers, composers and performers of Chinese and Western instruments, the group launched in 2019 as recipients of the Chinese Arts Now Artist Development Bursary and winners of Nonclassical’s Battle of the Bands. Tangram’s compositions and performances delve into the richness and multiplicity of transnational Chinese experience, encouraging audiences to engage in nuanced cultural exchange and deep listening across perceived borders. Through the emotional languages of music, they hope to transcend the pervasive assumption that China and the West are mutually exclusive entities, in favour of imagining more interconnected futures.

New music forms a large part of Tangram’s work as a way to expand the contemporary classical music space to include non-Eurocentric cultures. Highlights include commissions by Raymond Yiu (shortlisted for RPS Awards 2020), Sun Keting, Tonia Ko, Vivian Fung, Jasmin Kent Rodgman, Shruthi Rajasekar, Robin Haigh and the premiere of Alex Ho’s anti-opera, Untold (winner of George Butterworth Prize 2020).