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Shen Yun’s Traditional Instruments Sound ‘Delicious’ Says Flamenco Guitarist


Epoch Times Staff
Created: January 11, 2013 Last Updated: January 11, 2013
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Accomplished guitarist Cuneyt Yetkiner, seen with his girlfriend Amanda Wendell, said Shen Yun's musicians showed phenomenal talent at the opening night performance Jan. 10, 2013, at Centre in the Square theatre in Kitchener-Waterloo. (Lisa Ou/The Epoch Times)

Accomplished guitarist Cuneyt Yetkiner, seen with his girlfriend Amanda Wendell, said Shen Yun's musicians showed phenomenal talent at the opening night performance Jan. 10, 2013, at Centre in the Square theatre in Kitchener-Waterloo. (Lisa Ou/The Epoch Times)

KITCHENER-WATERLOO,Canada—Celebrated Turkish-born flamenco guitarist Cuneyt Yetkiner found musical inspiration Thursday, as he took in the Shen Yun Performing Arts at Centre in the Square. 

Mr. Yetkiner attended the Jan. 10 performance and said Shen Yun’s orchestra and traditional Chinese instruments inspired his future song writing. 

“It’s lovely,” he said. “Especially the erhu [two stringed violin]—it definitely sounds delicious, sounds really good. I love it.”

“I definitely got a lot [of inspiration] for sure.”

Mr. Yetkiner, aka Juneyt, has been playing flamenco guitar for over 13 years. Known for his unique Nuevo Flamenco style and incredible finger work, he has played alongside many well-known musicians in Europe and performed on more than 15 albums. Since moving to Canada in 1999, Juneyt has composed music for two television documentaries, and has built an enthusiastic following as a professional musician playing in and around his hometown of Kitchener-Waterloo and Southwestern Ontario.

Mr. Yetkiner said Shen Yun’s musical talent was extraordinary. 

“I think they’re phenomenal, they’re very good, everything is very well organized,” he said.

New York-based Shen Yun is the world’s premier classical Chinese dance and music company. Formed in 2006 by overseas Chinese artists, the company aims to revive 5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture through the performing arts. 

Featuring a collection of story-based dance dramas, Shen Yun also includes vocal performances, digital moving backdrops and a unique philharmonic orchestra that incorporates traditional Chinese instruments. 

Mr. Yetkiner said one of the most impressive aspects of Shen Yun was the choreography and the dancer’s athleticism. 

“It was extremely well done,” he said. “Very, very enjoyable—it’s very good.”

The split-second coordination between the dancers and the live orchestra was also exceptional he said. 

“Especially the motion, with the certain sounds, it just matches perfectly,” he said. “It obviously requires a lot of practice.”

Reporting by Lisa Ou and Justina Wheale

New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. Shen Yun’s New York Company will play two shows in Kitchener-Waterloo on Jan. 10-11 before going on to Hamilton and Toronto in its tour of eastern Canada. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org

  

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