“Innovation” and “a strong stylistic identity” are the credo of Wuji Ensemble. Since its establishment in 2003, the group has pursued its commitment to creating a performing platform for local musicians, cultivating cultural insights and artistic endeavours. It regularly commissions new works, as well as rearrangements of Chinese and Western classical music, putting together innovative, cross-disciplinary and multimedia theatrical productions. The Ensemble is now a fully-fledged professional group. It aims to continue paving new paths for creative expression using tradition as the axis and drawing inspiration from both East and West, with myriad possibilities for interpretation and technology.
Wuji Ensemble has presented many large-scale multimedia performances and activities, with productions such as When Petals Fall in Serenity, Beyond the Senses, Sands and Beyond, Śūnyatā and Tranquil as a Chrysanthemum. It has released two CDs, The Impression of Wuji Ensemble and Ruan’s Touch of Fancy. In 2012, its “Images of Dunhuang” project presented themed concerts, lectures, cultural workshops, and masterclasses. The Ensemble has also established Taiwan, Beijing and Shanghai subgroups to further its musical exchanges and reach out to wider audience.
In 2019, Wuji Ensemble presented Boundless Groove, its first foray into jazz, using a fusion of Chinese and Western instruments and styles. The production was staged again at the inaugural Freespace Jazz Fest in the same year. Its latest project, Boundless Groove—Recurrence was streamed online in January 2021.