Vancouver is home to some of the most accomplished exponents of Chinese music in the country, the Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble undoubtedly among the most renowned. Each member of the group, which was founded in 1989, is a highly accomplished instrumentalist and interpreter of traditional and contemporary Chinese music. Performing on a variety of traditional instruments, including Chinese violin (ehru), flute (dizi), lute (pipa), hammered dulcimer (yangoin), harp (zheng) and guitar (ruan), this versatile group embraces the popular and the classical traditions of China as well as western classical and contemporary music. The ensemble’s broad repertoire encompasses music from various regions of China, adaptations of Canadian folk songs, as well as modern works. Last year, the Ensemble collaborated with bluegrass musician Nick Hornbuckle on western banjo, Qing Chang on Chinese banjo, and tap dancer Dayna Szyndrowski for a unique production called Taps and Twang. The group will once again combine the elements of tap, bluegrass and traditional Chinese sounds for a very special performance at the festival.