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     "In the ever-widening circle of world music, Wu Man is known as a rock star, an exponent of the traditional Chinese repertoire and an interpretor of contemporary music written for pipa, an ancient, four-string instrument."

The Press Democrat

Recognized as the world’s premier pipa virtuoso and leading ambassador of Chinese music, Grammy Award-nominated musician Wu Man has carved out a career as a soloist, educator and composer giving her lute-like instrument―which has a history of over 2,000 years in China―a new role in both traditional and contemporary music. Through numerous concert tours, Wu Man has premiered hundreds of new works for the pipa, while spearheading multimedia projects to both preserve and create awareness of China’s ancient musical traditions. Her adventurous spirit and virtuosity have led to collaborations across artistic disciplines allowing Wu Man to reach wider audiences as she works to break through cultural and musical borders. Wu Man’s efforts were recognized when she was named Musical America’s 2013 Instrumentalist of the Year, marking the first time this prestigious award has been bestowed on a player of a non-Western instrument.

Posted: Mar-13-2017
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Chinese pipa musician Wu Man explores the roots of China's traditional music

Posted: May-24-2017
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Music is a narrative of personal and cultural identity. Its universal messages date back generations and tell of experiences quite different from our modernized, amenity-filled inhabitance. Songs were conceived and shared by pioneers who chronicled everyday life, its celebrations, and its struggles. Of these, the most memorable became tradition.
Many tunes are anonymous in provenance. Some evolved geographically as well as lyrically, and can be traced to the movements of settlers across seas and continents. Others remain close to home, proudly embraced as unofficial anthems. They are familiar melodies that will continue to endure as long as we do our part to perpetuate them.
This album of newly recorded adaptations is inspired by our influences as worldwide wanderers. To further illustrate this genre- and culture-crossing phenomenon, these long-standing and revered folk songs are performed on instruments from the four corners of the earth. Intangible, yet qualifiable to be called our own, they are treasures that link the past to our present, each other, and posterity

Posted: Sep-4-2014
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Posted: Mar-10-2017