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Secret Folk Music Holds Firm In Badlands

NPR’s Anthony Kuhn, recently returned to China, introduces the Shaanxi folk music known as lao qiang  (老腔), or “old tune”: Traditionally, Lao Qiang musicians would accompany a puppeteer, who would tell stories...

Wu Man: Tradition, on a Fresh Note

Pipa player Wu Man was recently recognized as Instrumentalist of the Year by Musical America. The New York Times reviews her recent performance at Symphony Space: Newly named instrumentalist of the year by Musical America, which...

Podcast: New Sounds of China

London Chinese Radio’s New Sounds of China music podcast has reached the end of its second season, hosted by music journalist and musicologist Paul Kendall and guitarist, vocalist and Beijing opera performer Hu Pan. Each...

Wu Man Takes the Pipa Down an Ancient Path

In a profile in the Los Angeles Times, pipa player Wu Man discusses her new work exploring China’s traditional music after working with contemporary composers such as Terry Riley, Philip Glass and Lou Harrison:...

Music Across the Ages, in the Hands of a Virtuosa

The Denver Post profiles pipa player Wu Man, who will be performing in Boulder tonight: Wu Man — whose two recent Grammy Award nominations follow her appointment as a 2008 United States Artists Broad Fellow — is passionate about...

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