“I’ve long been interested in non-Western instruments and exploring new sounds,” says Gabriel Prokofiev. “I wrote this Concerto for Turntables, which is a sort of global instrument,” he laughs. Grandson of the famous Russian composer, Prokofiev also wrote his thesis on Tanzanian music and worked as a tour manager for Hukwe Zawose. He’s just finished writing pieces for erhu (Chinese fiddle) and piano commissioned by New Sound China UK. “I got to know the zeze, the fiddle that Hukwe played, quite well. It’s played in a similar way to the erhu and came to East Africa via Indonesia. The exciting thing about the Chinese classical tradition is it’s so old.” New Sound China UK was founded by pianist Chi-Ling Lok..