traditional music

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),...

Video: Wu Tong (吴彤) and Yo Yo Ma Perform Yanzi (燕子)

Vocalist Wu Tong has a diverse musical background, from his start as a vocalist for the Beijing rock band 轮回 (Again) to his current gig singing with Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble and as a soloist with the New York...

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...

Shanghai Opera Dream: Save China’s Oldest Opera

Kunqu or Kunqu Opera is one of the oldest extant forms of Chinese opera. Kunqu, with a 600-year history, is known as the “teacher” or “mother” of a hundred operas, because of its influence on other...

Video: Bamboo Flute Music: Chang’e Flies to the Moon

Chen Yue, a dizi player and a graduate student at Central Conservatory of Music, is a devoted student of Zhao Songting, the well-known leading professional dizi player in China. Chen plays four different dizi in her works...

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 string instruments….[Full Text]

Traditional Instrumental Music: High Mountains and Flowing Water

Here is a Chinese legend: “…… Guqin master Bo Ya was playing the instrument in the wilderness, and the woodman Zhong Ziqi understood that his music was describing the “high mountains and flowing water.” Bo Ya was surprised, and said, “my heart echoes in yours,” They became very good friends, and when Ziqi was dead […]

Traditional Chinese Music – Pipa Solo by Liu Fang (ÂàòËä≥)

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