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MIN / WU / XU     

"The name that can be named is not the enduring and unchanging name" - Lao Tze
 
 
Min Xiao-Fen pipa, vocals and electronics 
Wu Wei
sheng, erhu, xun and others   
Xu Fengxia
zheng, vocals
 
 

 
 

Three pioneers of the Chinese avant-garde.

Three Chinese pioneers who grew up during the Chinese cultural revolution
-- virtuosos with both orchestral and underground projects --
join forces for a compelling performance of trios.
These extraordinary composer/improvisers
-- each one an explorer of new music with traditional roots --
have redefined their instruments, receiving universal acclaim from critics and audiences alike.



  INSTRUMENTS   Audio samples in Windows-mediaplayer format MP3
  Pipa  

 

PIPA

 

A four string lute that dates back 2,000 years,
it has a 12 -tone chromatic scale.
It takes over 70 techniques to the master.
The strings are tuned A-D-E-A.

   

 

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  Erhu  

 

ERHU

 

A Chinese violin, popular as a solo instrument,
that has two strings with a bow clasped between them.
More than 700 years old.

   

 

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SHENG

 

A Chinese reed instrument,

 
  Zheng  

 

ZHENG

 

One of the first Chinese plucked instruments -
about 2,300 years old. It has 21 horizontal strings
.

   

 

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