American Pianist Releases Chinese Piano Music Album in US
   2014-06-09 20:39:13    Xinhua      Web Editor: һ



American Pianist Releases Chinese Piano Music Album in US

American pianist Joel Schoenhals has released an album of Chinese piano music in the United States, taking Chinese music to a new, overseas audience.

The album includes 16 pieces such as Colorful Clouds Chasing the Moon, composed in 1935 for Chinese instrumental ensemble.

Schoenhals picked every piece on the album carefully, to make them representative of Chinese music. The selection and recording of the pieces has taken him several years.

Schoenhals has also written sleeve notes for each piece of music to help western audiences understand the music.

Schoenhals said a lot of Americans are familiar with European, Russian or South American music, but very few of them know about Chinese music. And he wishes more western people appreciated Chinese music and culture.


City Employs Foreign Talent to Boost Trade

A multi-lingual lawyer from Uruguay, a British IT expert, and a Londoner enthusiastic about research have been chosen by a Chinese organization and given a challenging task.

They are part of a team of foreign employees hired by the local government in Foshan City in south China's Guangdong Province.

Last year, the Bureau of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation of Foshan City decided to hire a team of five foreigners for its Foshan Investment Promotion Agency.

The bureau director said the organization wanted a "more international" business environment.

Their job is to distribute international investment information, communicate with transnational companies, as well as design and maintain the agency's English website.


Smoking Damages Hearing Even for Passive Smokers

A Manchester University study has found current smokers have a 15% higher chance of hearing loss than non-smokers.

The study found the more cigarettes smokers have, and the longer they smoke for, the greater risk to hearing.

But researchers have speculated that ex-smokers can reduce their chance of hearing loss by adopting a healthier life style overall.

Researchers say passive smokers have an even greater risk of hearing loss than smokers.

The research was conducted using data from the UK Biobank, a long-term health study that began in 2007 and is following around 500,000 volunteers in the UK.


Find Friendly Ears to Talk it Out if You Have Argument with You Dad

A new study shows adolescents' well-being can improve when conflicts with their father are adequately explained C by mom, a friend or even dad himself.

Researchers from the San Francisco State University found that when a teen is having an argument with his or her father and seeks out others for help, the response he or she receives is linked to better well-being and father-child relationships.

Adolescents who receive a reason for the father's behaviour or a better understanding of who is at fault feel better about themselves and about dad as well.

Those feelings about dad, in turn, are linked to a lower risk of depression for youth.

The study is the first to explore the intricacies.

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