Asian Jazz


Ancient Future

Chi Music


Liu Qi-Chao

Asian Jazz

Ancient Future’s Asian jazz program features top members of the Asian jazz community such as Liu Qi-Chao, a jazz composer and virtuoso performer on Chinese wind, string, and percussion instruments. Liu Qi-Chao has amazed the ears of jazz audiences around the world through his collaborations with Chinese American jazz pianist/composer Jon Jang and flautist James Newton. This program includes what is known as Chi Music, Liu Qi-Chao's moniker for compositions fusing ancient Chinese music and jazz, along with music from Ancient Future's Asian jazz repertoire.


Picture of Liu Qi-ChaoLiu Qi-Chao is a composer and master performer on several Chinese wind, string, and percussion instruments. He was born in Shandong China, and is one of the most innovative and most sought after Chinese artists living the the West. In his three decade career, Liu has distinguished himself as a scholar, virtuoso performer, composer, teacher, and band leader. As an instrumentalist alone, he performs on the wind instruments – di zi, suo na, sheng, ba wu, ocarina, and xiao: on the stringed instruments – hu qun, gu zheng, and san xian; and on a whole array of Chinese percussion including drums, cymbals, gongs, wood blocks, etc. Liu studied traditional Chinese and Western music at the prestigious Shanghai Conservatory. Afterward, he served as resident composer for the renowned Beijing Oriental Song and Dance Ensemble for five years, during which he also authored several books on Chinese music.

Liu has worked with the Kronos Quartet, opened for the San Francisco Symphony and the Grateful Dead, and has performed for three PBS specials. Liu has amazed the ears of jazz audiences around the world through his collaboration with Chinese American jazz pianist/composer Jon Jang and the Pan Asian Arkestra and African Chinese Sextet featuring flautist James Newton.

Featured Sound Files

>YTmusic (Asian Jazz repertoire). Features Zhao Hui and Liu Qi-Chao on studio recordings of the repertoire played by this band variation of Ancient Future.

Bookenka (The Adventurer) (Doug McKeehan. 5:18). iTunes. >YTmusic. This contemporary jazz radio hit combines a Japanese mode with elements of jazz. From Asian Fusion (Narada Equinox ND-63023) CD- $24.98 (out of print: collectable signed reconditioned copy): Add 1 to Cart. Buy 1 Now.

Forest Frolic (Matthew Montfort. 4:29). iTunes. >YTmusic. Features Liu Qi-Chao on Chinese flute. From Planet Passion (Ancient-Future.Com AF-2001). CD/Gift Card, $17.98: Add 1 to Cart. Buy 1 Now.

Related Programs

Chinese Classical: This duet program shows both the ancient classical music of China and contemporary compositions.

Asian Cultures: Showcases masters of traditional Asian music such as Bui Huu Nhut (Vietnamese monochord) and Zhao Hui (Chinese zither). Featured on the Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC.

Asian Fusion: This program features Ancient Future's Asian music masters with a monster rhythm section, and was selected by Putumayo Records as the featured ensemble for the CD release party for Asian Lounge.

Contact Info

Ancient Future, POB 264, Kentfield, CA 94914. Tel: 415-459-1892.

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