SUN is out now!
Reylon's first solo EP features five core works of classical yangqin music.
Digital downloads available for purchase on Bandcamp.
courtesy of Jason Jong
Reylon plays the yangqin, a percussive string instrument also known as the Chinese hammered dulcimer. With fifteen years of training in Chinese classical repertoire, his experience extends to classical crossover, indie folk, and experimental improvisation. After winning multiple U.S.-based competitions, Reylon became the first American to enter a professional yangqin competition in China and won a silver prize at the 2014 Baotou International Dulcimer Arts Festival. In the following year, he began collaborating with Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble and has since performed with them in the U.S., Canada, and China at various venues, including the TED mainstage and Lincoln Center. He appeared as a featured artist on the Silk Road Ensemble's 2017 GRAMMY Award-winning album, "Sing Me Home."
As a biracial Chinese American, Reylon conceives of the yangqin as an interface for exploring his experience of diaspora. Through his music, he hopes to raise questions about our perceptions of the relationship between China and the West.
"Yao Dance" is a popular 20th-century instrumental piece originating in the Yao community of southern China. In April 2015, Reylon performed this piece with world-renowned musicians Wu Man and Haruka Fujii in Sanders Theatre at Harvard.
"Rituals and Resonances" is a new composition by Alex Ho that grapples with abstractions of heritage and the tenuousness of cultural identity. This performance was part of the Passiontide at Merton new music festival and took place at Merton College Chapel, Oxford, in March 2018.
"St. James Infirmary Blues" Reylon joined Yo-Yo Ma, the Silk Road Ensemble, and Rhiannon Giddens at MSR Studios to record this tantalizing rendition of an American classic, arranged by Michael Ward-Bergeman for the album "Sing Me Home."
"Turceasca" is a Roma piece that Reylon performed with the Silk Road Ensemble at TED in February, 2016. The performance took place in Vancouver.
"Supermodel" is a track from SZA's 2017 album "Ctrl." This is Reylon's first video playing yangqin while singing.