Jia Peng-Fang spent his susceptible teenage years in Jiamusi, a northern Chinese town close to the Russian border, 30 hours away by train from Beijing. He first laid his hands on the erhu at the tender age of eight - that was in the midst of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution.
At eighteen, he moves to Beijing seeking for a professional career, only to find himself stricken by the winds of the Revolution. On his second attempt to conquer the big capitol, he surmounts the test and enters the Chinese National Central Folk Orchestra, a national leading traditional music ensemble. There, he played as a soloist and concertmaster for ten years. In 1988, he moved to Japan, abandoning his prestigious position in China, to explore new horizons in his music.
"I can't believe twenty years have passed since then. I set foot on Japanese soil with just one suitcase and my erhu. I couldn't have imagined that this will be my home for twenty years to come."
Jia Peng-Fang says that he had always had a good image of Japan. But nevertheless, his musical career didn't exactly jump start. Taking a series of odd jobs, he waited for his break into the music business. The break came when he got the chance to meet the well known composer Katsuhisa Hattori. His music was now out.
This album is filled with thank you messages to his fans from Jia Peng-Fang. It also contains two new songs written exclusively for this occasion by his best friend Haruki Mino.
The soundscape painted with colors of "tenderness and strength" is sure to grow deeper and wider, way beyond his 20th anniversary.