Teahouse Fantasia No.1 is an original musical composition interwoven with several overlapping recordings of ambient sound. The sound recordings were captured in the streets of Shanghai during 2005.
The recordings of ambient sound include a thunderstorm recorded in the French Concession; street vendors near Yuyuan Garden; a construction worker hammering on bricks; people conversing in a restaurant; a language lesson in saying "I am eating quail≠s egg," a cab driver speaking in Shanghainese; a saxophone player on Nanjing Lu; and recordings of two musicians performing at the Old Shanghai Tea House located at 385 Fangbang Zhong Lu.
The original composition in Teahouse Fantasia No.1 begins as a flute solo entering at a point about 3 minutes 10 seconds into the piece and lasts approximately 2 minutes and 42 seconds. This composition is based on melodies I heard performed by two musicians at the Old Shanghai Tea House. One musician was playing a two-stringed violin (Er-Hu) and the other musician was playing a hammered dulcimer. You can hear these two musicians performing at a point about 1 minute and 20 seconds into the piece.
--Allen C. Benson, 2005