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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 on Making Music from the Borderlands

The Huffington Post interviews pipa player Wu Man, whose new CD explores the origins of her instrument, Central Asia. On the CD, Borderlands: Wu Man and the Master Musicians of the Silk Route, she performs with two Uygur...

Crossing the Musical Rubicon

China Daily profiles eclectic musician Wu Tong and reviews his new album, Sound of My Heart: It employs a variety of instruments from around the world, including the xun (Chinese ocarina), guqin (Chinese plucked instrument),...

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...

Hanggai: Chinese Punk Looks To The Past

NPR profiles singer Ilchi, a former punk rocker who has returned to his Inner Mongolian roots and traditional folk music: The otherworldly sound of throat singing echoes through a small Beijing cafe. Singer Ilchi is producing...

Wu Fei’s Guzheng Experiment – Banyue

From Danwei: This episode of Danwei Music is about experimental musician Wu Fei. She is a classically-trained musician who plays the guzheng Âè§Á≠ù, one of China’s most ancient
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