Tangram x Mantawoman: YANG QUEEN
LSO St Luke's Associate Artists
Thursday 31 August & Friday 1 September 2023 • 7pm (Doors 6.30pm)
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Jerwood Hall, LSO St Luke’s
Programme to include:
Huang He 黃河 Journey to Lhasa 拉薩行
Renee Zhan Reneepoptosis (animated film)
Pedro Elias Gutiérrez Alma Llanera
Alex Ho Rituals and Resonances
Ben Nobuto i carry your heart
Weyes Blood x Emma Johnson x Mantawoman Movies (AV performance)
Joni Mitchell x Li Bai 李白 A Case of You x Bring In the Wine 將進酒
Mantawoman Garden, Feel the Change, Night and Day
Kayhan Kalhor x Ali Bahrami Fard arr Kemal Yusuf I Will Not Stand Alone
Mantawoman yangqin, voice +
Daniel Shao flute +
Momoko Watanabe Gill drums +
nobuto piano +
Garwyn Linnell cello +
Emma Johnson director +
Alex Ho music director +
The concert will finish at approximately 8.40pm, with a 20 minute interval
Please note this performance may contain flashing lights and haze. The short film Reneepoptosis contains nude animated characters and some explicit language.
£12 (£9 concessions)
+ £1.50 booking fee per online/phone transaction
An allocation of tickets is available for NHS staff for selected LSO concerts through Tickets for Good. Visit ticketsforgood.org to register.
Mantawoman, alter ego of yangqin extraordinaire Reylon Yount, premieres her musical extravaganza about the heartbreaking beauty of change. Presented by Tangram.
YANG QUEEN is a kaleidoscopic experience of music, movement, animation and video art, centred upon the iridescent sound of the yangqin (a Chinese percussive string instrument) and Mantawoman’s charismatic performance style. Featured works include the Sundance Award-winning short film Reneepoptosis, Ben Nobuto’s i carry your heart for flute, yangqin and electronics, as well as original hypnopop songs by Mantawoman.
Mantawoman is a sacred siren tempting us toward change and self-transcendence through heartfelt musical performances. Her unique path as a yangqin player has carried her across genres, including Chinese folk, contemporary classical, modern pop, and experimental improvisation. Videos of her playing have garnered millions of views on social media. She couples this affinity for the internet with a deep-rooted history of rigorous musical practice. Trained in San Francisco and Beijing, she is a member of the GRAMMY Award-winning Silkroad Ensemble and an avid recording artist, featuring on soundtracks for Marvel’s SHANG CHI: Legend of the Ten Rings and Netflix’s 1899. Mantawoman’s talent has attracted illustrious collaborators ranging from Caroline Polachek to Yo-Yo Ma, who calls her work ‘courageous, passionate, truth-seeking’.
Tangram is a London-based artist collective nurturing transnational community by creatively celebrating Chinese cultures, mainly through music. Launched in 2019, they are currently Associate Artists at LSO St Luke’s, co-directed by Mantawoman and Alex Ho.
Generously supported by Jerwood Arts
Header Image © Bill Knight
For a taste of what’s to come, enjoy this audiovisual lip-sync of Weyes Blood’s MOVIES by Mantawoman x Emma Henry Wolf.
Please note this video contains flashing lights.