Gang Situ and I met in 1989 in San Francisco. We became friends, attended each other's performances and began to think about collaboration. Our first opportunity came in 1991 when we were asked to create the score for 'Circle and Style' a performance by the fabulously talented Lily Cai Chinese Dance Company of San Francisco. Over the next several years, we worked together on many Dance Company scores. The music on this CD is based on those scores. -Gary Schwantes Gang Situ As one of the most active Chinese-born composers in the United States, Situ has composed works for orchestra, chorus, dance, and chamber ensembles. Situ's Double Concerto for Violin and Erhu has been played by orchestras around the world since it's premiere in 1994. Many of Situ's scores have been created for San Francisco's Lily Cai Chinese Dance Company. The recipient of many awards and fellowships from the California Arts Council,the Ross McKee Foundation, the San Francisco Arts Commission. Situ has composed new scores for Lily Cai Chinese Dance Company in collaboration with the Alexander String Quartet, Dimensions Dance Theater, erhu master Jiebing Chen and the New Century Chamber Orchestra. More recently, Situ composed Red Seal-Strings Calligraphy II, his latest work for the San Francisco Symphony's Chinese New Year Celebration Concert (2002). Gary Schwantes Has distinguished himself as a Composer, Instrumentalist, (Saxophone and Flutes) and Sound Designer. He has toured nationally with Hip Bones, and toured England with the Flowing Stream ensemble. He has performed with Pam Tillis, American Conservatory Theater, Allen Ginsberg, John Cippolina, Hank Ballard, Klezmania and created samples and loops for Mickey Hart's Planet Drum project.. He has composed music for and performed on many CDs, soundtracks, commercials and Interactive products for Hip Bones, Jason Becker, Discovery Channel, Nature Company, Broderbund Software, Mattel, Fisher-Price, LeapFrog and others. He ia a recipient of composition grants and commissions from Meet the Composer, Legion of Honor Museum, Opera Piccola, Lily Cai Chinese Dance Company, Dimensions Dance Theater. Lily Cai Elegant, sensual and captivating, the Lily Cai Chinese Dance Company melds ancient Chinese forms with modern dance in an artistic and inventive marriage of styles. The Company bridges the continuum from past to contemporary - from spectacular court dances of Chinese dynasties to contemporary works fusing classical Chinese and ballet, complemented by dazzling costumes, original music, and multi-media designs. Established in 1988 by Lily Cai, the Company performs and tours extensively throughout California and the United States, appearing at performing arts venues, festivals, university theaters, schools, community centers and special events.