On September 21, Anthony Paul De Ritis was invited to present his work “Shui Life — Music for Water” at the Italian Pavilion at the World Exposition 2015 in Milan, Italy. (“Shui” is pinyin for the Mandarin character for water). The event, titled “An inspirational journey into the cycle and management of water resources” is part of the “Water Rooms” Project for a Sustainable World, a new initiative launched by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) to raise awareness on the importance of the interconnection between water, food, energy and the environment.
De Ritis’ work, written for Chinese erhu, water sounds, and video of water images, was commissioned by Mehri Madarshahi, President of the Melody for Dialogue Among Civilizations Association. It was dedicated to noted erhu soloist, Guo Gan, who premiered the work in 2012 at Merkin Hall in New York City, and also served as the featured soloist at the Expo.