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Autumn in Yunnan

CD and Concert Tour
Listen to the CD HERE

Nov. 8-29, 2018: Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, Kunming, Xiamen, Shenzhen
December 10, 2018: New York City at Mezzrow Jazz Club

Autumn in Yunnan is a collection of new compositions for solo piano by pianist/composer Burnett Thompson The pieces are reflections on the depths of Chinese culture, especially the diverse elements present in Yunnan province, a region of towering mountains and tropical jungles. Numerous ethnic minorities live side by side, separated by language, clothing, cuisine, music, and art. Yunnan Autumn is an expression of nostalgia for these fragile elements, an attempt to evoke the singulariy and beauty of past and present. The obvious parallel to 19th century New Orleans is a vivid reminder of the impact of the fusion of cultural diversity. New Orleans hosted African, Cuban, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, Brazilian and Mexican musicians and artists, and like Yunnan, created a fertile cultural cauldron.

Burnett Thompson has been collaborating with prominent Chinese traditional instrumentalists and vocalists for the last 20 years. He has lectured and performed at countless major universities in a dozen Chinese cities from the northeast to the southwest. Additionally, he has volunteered in community centers, elementary and high schools, as well as facilities for senior citizens and blind children. A self-taught Mandarin speaker, Burnett has sought to grasp the historical scope of the labyrinth of Chinese culture as expressed through music, art, and language.

"His moods and means shift constantly. ...improvisations dazzle in their own sweet and astringently abstract way." Jazz Times

"a distinctly personal musical expression, a quixotic, extemporaneous meditation"
The Washington Post


National Chamber Ensemble
May 10, 2014
Sweet Shanghai Nights Suite
with Sharel Cassity, Michael Bowie, Lenny Robinson, Leo Sushansky

Shanghai International Spring Music Festival
April 29, 2014. Burnett Thompson with Ren Huaqing & Wang Bailing
Xiamen Guqin Cultural Center Concert
April 20, 2014 Wang Huang, pipa; Tang Huilin, guqin; Burnett Thompson, piano

Friedrich Gulda: From Vienna to Birdland
Thursday, March 20, 2014
7:30 p.m.
Embassy of Austria
3524 International Ct NW
Washington, DC 20008
Admission Free: Reservations Required

Christmas in Vienna
Burnett Thompson, Pianist
Friday, Dec. 13, 2013
7:30 p.m.
Embassy of Austria
3524 International Ct NW
Washington, DC 20008
Admission Free: Reservations required

Voice of America: Burnett, Jazz, China
Nov 19, 2013
Watch at VOA

Burnett Thompson in concert: music of America and China
Saturday, Nov. 16 at 3:00 p.m.
Shenzhen Grand Theatre
Shenzhen, China

Ningbo University, School of Fine Arts
with flautist Orlando Cela
Monday, Nov 18, 7:00 p.m.

Burnett Thompson and Joey Lu, Pianists
Two performances: Wed. Nov 20, Thurs Nov 21, 2013
9 p.m. each night
JZ Jazz Club
Shanghai, China

Introduction to Jazz Piano
Shanghai Univ of Science and Technology
Nov 20, 21

Piano in the White House: October 2013 to April, 2014

Hill Center Concert Series: October 2013-June 2013