Musical Silk Road – special concert Abden House – August 2009

The launch concert for a year long music event `Musical Silk Road` will take place at the Confucius Institute for Scotland head office in Abden House on the evening of Tuesday 11 August.

This musical journey is inspired by the theme of travelling and translocation of cultures. Featuring the music of Kimho Ip on Yangqin, Filipe Davidse on saxophone, and minority ethnic visiting musicians from China, the programme for this opening concert will include the premiere of `Requiem for Travellers` composed by Kimho Ip.

Doors open at 6.45pm and the evening starts at 7.00pm. Concert goers will enjoy a short break with Chinese style canapés and a glass of wine or a soft drink. During the break, guests will also have a chance to enjoy the splendid setting of Abden House and, weather permitting, its gardens.

Tickets will cost £10 per person. To secure a ticket please contact the Confucius Institute or email

The Confucius Institute is pleased to sponsor this opening concert which has been coordinated by iMAP.

iMAP ( is a Scottish based chamber music company. It primarily aims to transcend the limitations of chamber/concert music through multi-artform and multimedia collaborations, community involvement and cultural diversity. It also aims to promote chamber music to new audiences, especially to young people and immigrants, by adopting welcoming, informal and innovative approaches in both the contents and the form of music.

Kimho Ip, the Artistic Director of iMAP Ensemble, works as a composer, cellist and Yangqin performer. His compositions have been performed at the ISCM World New Music Days (2002), music@Edinburgh festival (2003) and the Edinburgh International Festival (2005). Renowned Ensembles, such as the Edinburgh String Quartet, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, have also performed his works.