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Shanghai Memories

by Origami

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Ceremony 05:33


“Shanghai Memories is an expression of my hometown: longtang (alley), sidajingang (popular breakfast, unfortunately it might disappear one day) and Shanghai Cuisine. Now high-rise buildings are everywhere, I cannot find my primary and high schools, my home, the place I used to practice music every day and longtang where I used to play with my friends after school.”
– Wang Zheng-Ting, 2021

The culture in Shanghai is a mixture of traditional Chinese and Western culture. Shanghai Memories
used two popular Western influenced songs from the 1940s: The Evening Primrose and Shanghai Night. It was also inspired by the Shanghai local opera (Huju) and Shaoxing opera (Yueju) as well as percussion music from the city and elsewhere in China to indicate that Shanghai is a cultural melting pot.

Coming Together was supported by the Playking Foundation as part of Melbourne Recital Centre’s 10th anniversary commissions project and premiered in 2019 by the Australian Chinese Music Ensemble and Origami.

With our 2020 China tour cancelled, this album has provided a way to continue developing Origami’s partnership with Wang Zheng-Ting during the COVID-19 lockdown period. My first tour to China with Ting, along with his endless artistry, helped provide the inspiration for my contributions here.

Finally, Jasmine Flower, a popular Chinese folk song offers something of a lullaby to drift back into reminiscing.

Adam Simmons | Wang Zheng-Ting


released July 1, 2022

Tracks 1, 4 and 7 composed by Adam Simmons
Track 2 composed by Wang Zheng-Ting
Track 3 composed by Wang, Simmons and Cairns
Track 5 composed by Wang and Simmons
Tracks 6 and 9 – traditional

Track 8 composed by Hu Tianquan

Adam is a Forestone artist and performs exclusively on a Forestone RX Red Brass alto saxophone

Recorded by Myles Mumford,
 at Rolling Stock, 17-18 April and 29 Nov 2021

Design by Celsius Design

Spiral data tato design by Philip Chapman-Bell origami.oschene.com
For instructions for folding the Spiral Data Tato log onto: www.instructables.com/id/The-Spiral-Data-Tato----A-Curiously- Complex-Origam/

Thanks to Richard Fields for providing nutritional, artistic and moral sustenance. Thanks to our presenting partners in China for the tour that almost happened. Thanks to Creative Victoria for being flexible in their support in the face of COVID-19 disruptions.

This project is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.


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