World premiere: Pekka Kuusisto, violin; Mak Ka-yin, erhu, 24 November 2016, Nan Lian Garden, HK 世界首演: 古西薛托, 小提琴; 麥嘉然, 二胡; 2016年11月24日, 南蓮園池香海軒, 香港
Performance: Pekka Kuusisto, violin; Mak Ka-yin, erhu, 25 November 2016, HK City Hall Theatre, HK 演出: 古西薛托, 小提琴; 麥嘉然, 二胡; 2016年11月25日, 香港大會堂劇院, 香港
Tranquility and Purification was inspired by the contrast of the ancient architectural garden of Nan Lian and the surrounding modern cityscape.
There is a story behind the piece. A traveller (violin), coming from a metropolis, kept traveling in order to search for ‘real’ spiritual and mental peace and hoped to resolve his inner instability and conflicts. He travelled to many places but still could not find his ideal place. One day, he came to the ancient architectural garden of Nan Lian and found it very special. He felt the calmness and peace of the garden.
Then, he met a monk (erhu) inside the garden. The traveller kept asking the monk how to achieve inner peace. The monk did not answer the traveller directly. Instead, the monk talked about his own story and values, like a monologue. During their ‘conversation’, the traveller was inspired by the monk and seemed to find his way to his future. On the other hand, the monk was also inspired by the traveller’s situation and developed his own new aspect of life and living.
The two strong characters are represented by the violin (modern) and erhu (old) and juxtaposed throughout the piece.