Weishan Lui, Chinese Harpist, is Performing in Concert at Osmosis
The magic of moon lit nights in Japanese gardens and festivals remain as one of my fondest memories from living in Japan. One of the most celebrated traditions of Asian gardens from centuries past was to hold festivals to honor significant points in the cycles of nature. A special spirit inhabits the air that is almost palpable. It has been most gratifying to recreate the experience here at Osmosis with our moon viewing ceremonies. The idea of having a Chinese harp concert came from the late Kit Nuesteader, a music aficionado who co-founded the Redwood Arts Council. She suggested that Weishan Liu was an extraordinary performer whose music would be a perfect fit for the atmosphere in our meditation garden. Kit could not have been more on target. From the moment Wei Shan stepped into the garden she recognized the deep intention of the garden and called it a temple. Her first concert at Osmosis was in 2005. She surprised us by bringing guitarist George Winston to accompany her. In addition to having grown up studying with the most revered teachers of the Chinese table harp in China, Wei Shan has created a learning center in the US that plays a key role in preserving the traditional art form of this instrument.
She plays not only in orchestras but has a penchant for jazz and improvisation, including performances with the Grateful Dead.
All of us at Osmosis are exited to have her back for the first time in years to play her captivating ethereal music in the meditation garden the evening of Thursday, July 22nd.
I have attached a few photos of her very first performance in 2005 with George Winston, Myself and Genvive Taylor just for fun. Hope you can join us for a marvelous evening that will include cedar enzyme footbaths and hors d’oeuvres.