Music: Anda Union plays In the Steppes of Inner MongoliaOct.19th 17:00  BIG GRASSFIELD FRONT OF RED BUILDING

Music: Anda Union plays In the Steppes of Inner Mongolia

- Performers: Sam Wu - Composer

Performed by Orchestra of middle school affiliated to Shanghai Conservatory of Music 

Conductor Zhao Xiaoou


Shanghai, China, currently attending Harvard University. He has studied under Tan Dun, Chaya Czernowin, Libby Larsen, Robert Brownlow, and Paul Coleman. He was also the winner of the Oklahoma City University’s Project21 Prize for Composition, Shanghai Student Film Festival Prize for Video Art, Interlochen Fine Arts Best Composer Award, as well as being a finalist for the 2014 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards. Sam has been commissioned by the Shanghai International Arts Festival, Anda Union Mongolian Ensemble, the Harvard-based River Charles Ensemble, the Trio Fiori, and the Princeton Pianists’ Ensemble.


‘Anda’ means sworn brothers in Mongolian. Anda Union Mongolian Ensemble was established in 2003 and the 10 members of the team are all from Aru Khorchin in Xilingol prairie, with an average age of less than 30 years. As the only domestic professional art groups with a perfect combination of horse-headed fiddle and Khomus and Humai singing, they won the first place of grand prix for an aboriginal group in the Authority Singing Competition in 2006, the 12th CCTV young singer competition. Anda Union Mongolian Ensemble is one of the most popular Chinese bands and has done several foreign tours.


In the Steppes of Inner Mongolia depicts the past, present and future of the Mongolian steppe by nine movements: ‘Past’ reviews the carefree nomadic lifestyle of the Mongolian people, which is a kind of harmonious culture between human beings and animals; ‘Present, faces to the degenerated prairie, the intemperate mining, agriculture, and urbanization, which directly lead to the worsening of the ecological environment; Followed by the uncertain ‘Future’, which may be a dystopian world without ‘Anda’, but also the rebirth of prairie.