Tales of the Silk Road: Pipa (Chinese Lute) and Percussion
Distinguished Pipa master Zhang Hong-Yan together with over 30 top-level musicians from the Plucked-String Orchestra of China Central Conservatory of Music will make their Australian debut in Tales of the Silk Road: Pipa (Chinese Lute) and Percussion Concert. Experience the majesty in a one night only performance at Sydney Opera House on Sunday 6 May.
Combining folk music along the Silk Road and contemporary dance, the concert brings together the Pipa, Chinese traditional percussions and exquisite stage decoration, giving audiences an unforgettable multi-dimensional artistic experience. The concert explores wide-spread Chinese masterpieces with strong ethnic features including Spring of Tian Mountain, Cockfight and Tales of the Silk Road.
During a Uygur tour in 2002, Zhang discovered that both the Pipa and Chinese traditional percussion originated from the Western Region (Uygur regions and part of central Asia), and was inspired to bring the instruments back together in concert.
Pipa, also known as the Chinese lute, is a four-stringed Chinese musical instrument, considered the king of plucked instruments. With a pear-shaped wooden body, Pipa has a number of frets ranging from 12 to 26, and dates back to the Han dynasty (around 2nd century AD). With a 2000-year history, Pipa is one of the most popular Chinese instruments, shaping ancient Chinese singing and dancing and a symbol of Chinese traditional culture.
Pipa: Zhang Hong-yan
Attaining her Master’s degree from the Central Conservatory of Music, Zhang Hong-yan is an eminent Pipa virtuoso, Professor at the Central Conservatory of Music, MA student supervisor and member of the Chinese Association for Cultural Development. Zhang has previously performed in some of the world’s most prestigious concert halls, including Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center (New York), the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Goldener Saal of Vienna’s Musikverein and the Kennedy Center (Washington). Zhang founded the Plucked-String Orchestra of China Central Conservatory of Music in 2003.
Percussion: Wang Jian-hua
Conductor: Ge Ya-nan
Percussion: Wei Ran
Solo dance: Li Xiang
Huqin: Hu Yu
Plucked-String Orchestra of China Central Conservatory of Music
Established in 2003, the Plucked-String Orchestra of China Central Conservatory of Music are a professional Chinese orchestra reaching a variety of audiences through live performances, recordings, TV and radio broadcasts. As one of the best traditional Chinese orchestras, they frequently tour and collaborate with guest artists and arts organisations in Asia, America and Africa. Their album “Tug at China's Heartstrings” is listed in the permanent collection of The Library of Congress, United States.
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