Wu Man and Huayin Shadow Puppet BandVIEW EVENT DETAILS
Presented by World Music Institute in association with Asia Society
Please note: this performance is taking place at New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 W 64th Street, New York, NY
Recognized as the world’s premier pipa virtuoso, leading ambassador of Chinese music and Grammy Award-nominated musician Wu Man has carved out a career as a soloist, educator, and composer who has given her lute-like instrument (which has a history of over 2,000 years in China) a new role in both traditional and contemporary music. Her collaborations with artists across disciplines have allowed her to reach wider audiences as she works to break through cultural and musical borders. Her work as a member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble and her prevalent role in the recent documentary on the ensemble entitled The Music of Strangers has brought her work to the attention of an even larger audience.
Wu Man joins the brilliant Huayin Shadow Puppet Band (formerly known as the Zhang Family Band) for performances of old tune traditional music with shadow puppetry. Amid vocal performances, the Huayin Shadow Puppet Band uses the yueqin, banhu, erhu, lute, fiddle and a variety of percussion instruments (including clappers, gongs, cymbals and a wood bench) to tell lively stories of rural life in remote China and draw the audience into places and sounds rarely heard in the West.
Watching the musicians let fly on lutes, fiddles and gongs, as the singers roared through lively ballads recounting folktales and myths, you were swept up by their energy and charisma.” — The New York Times
New York Society for Ethical Culture
2 W 64th Street, New York, NY