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Burnett ThompsonBy Burnett Thompson
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Burnett ThompsonBy Burnett Thompson
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                                     Autumn in Yunnan 云南秋日

Hello everybody, my name is Burnett Thompson, and I am inviting you personally to support and participate in a  program that includes a CD, a two month series of intimate concerts in the U.S. , and a six-city tour of China.  The final China concert is at the fabulous Shenzhen Grand Theatre on Nov. 25.  The final American performance is at the legendary Mezzrow Jazz Club in New York City, where it will be live-streamed.  

Autumn in Yunnan is a collection of new compositions for solo piano that I have either arranged or written.  Many of the pieces are based upon tribal and ethnic minority melodies from Yunnan, the southwestern most province of China.  The pieces are reflections on the depths of Chinese culture, especially   in Yunnan province, a region of towering mountains and tropical jungles that abuts Myanmar, Laos, and Vietnam. Numerous ethnic minorities live side by side, separated by language, clothing, cuisine, music, and art. Yunnan Autumn is an expression of nostalgia for these fragile elements, an attempt to evoke the singulariy and beauty of past and present. The   parallel to 19th century New Orleans is a vivid reminder of the impact of the fusion of cultural diversity. New Orleans hosted African, Cuban, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, Brazilian and Mexican musicians and artists, and like Yunnan, created a fertile cultural cauldron.

As a self-taught Mandarin speaker, I've sought  to grasp the historical scope of the labyrinth of Chinese culture as expressed through music, art, and language. I have  been collaborating with prominent Chinese traditional instrumentalists and vocalists for the last 20 years. I've  lectured and performed at countless major universities in a dozen Chinese cities from the northeast to the southwest. Additionally, I've had the distinct honor of  volunteering in community centers, elementary and high schools, as well as facilities for senior citizens and blind children. 

3 Pagodas at Chongsheng Temple, Dali, Yunnan Province.  photo: Burnett Thompson
3 Pagodas at Chongsheng Temple, Dali, Yunnan Province. photo: Burnett Thompson

Where does the money go? The costs include the CD recording sessions and manufacturing, publicity for the project, and finally the China tour itself.  Although some venues in China provide renumeration, most provide small honorariums or are volunteer.  Chinese universities have little or no budget for foreign performerances.

Two vibrant Naxi ladies in Lijiang, Yunnan Province  photo: Burnett Thompson
Two vibrant Naxi ladies in Lijiang, Yunnan Province photo: Burnett Thompson

"His moods and means shift constantly. ...improvisations dazzle in their own sweet and astringently abstract way." Jazz Times

"a distinctly personal musical expression, a quixotic, extemporaneous meditation"
The Washington Post

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