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Wu Man has caught the world’s attention with her virtual reinvention of an ancient Chinese instrument – the lute-like Pipa. Her performances have relaunched the reputation of this 2000 year-old instrument in the West, with multiple Grammy Award nominations and Musical America naming her 2013 Instrumentalist of the Year.
She is a founding member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble and starred in the acclaimed documentary The Music of Strangers in last year’s NZIFF. She is a regular collaborator with the celebrated Kronos Quartet at festivals across the globe, including the 2013 Auckland Arts Festival.
Wellington audiences will have an opportunity to hear Wu Man and the New Zealand String Quartet performing a repertoire that spans the centuries, beginning with traditional Chinese folk music and embracing arresting contemporary scores including Tan Dun’s Concerto for String Orchestra and Pipa.
Tan Dun: Concerto for String Quartet and Pipa
Tan Dun: Eight Colours for string quartet
Zhao Jiping and Zhao Lin: Red Lantern for Pipa and String Quartet
Tabea Squire: 4th mvt from Chimaera for violin and pipa
Trad. Chinese: Xi Yang Xiao Gu (Flute and Drum music at Sunset)
Trad. Chinese: White Snow in Spring
Yi-Wen Jiang (arr.): Butterfly Love by He Zhanghao and Chen Gang