Music of China
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About the Event
The current Chinese Music Ensemble at UCLA was formed in 1997 under the direction of Professor Chi Li. The Ensemble is made up mostly of undergraduate and graduate students at UCLA, from a variety of majors, who study the full range of Chinese musical instruments with Prof. Li. At its largest, the Ensemble features sixty or more students performing classics for the modern Chinese orchestra; it also includes several small subgroups specializing in different genres, such as Peking Opera, Kun Opera, percussion music, folk dance, and traditional regional chamber music repertoire. For this Mindful Music performance, the UCLA Chinese Music Ensemble is showcasing a small group playing "silk and bamboo" chamber music and solo music.
Professor Chi Li is a highly accomplished performing artist on the erhu and prolific educator of Chinese music. After graduation from the Conservatory of Chinese Music (Beijing), she served as the erhu soloist at the National Traditional Orchestra of China (the most renowned orchestra of Chinese music instruments) and performed in presidential concerts in Beijing frequently during the 80s. In the U.S. she has been featured on concerts held at prestigious venues such as Madison Squire Garden (New York), Ronald Reagan Building (Washington D.C.), Avery Fisher Hall/Lincoln Center (New York). Soloist for 2019 Oscar animated short film winner "Bao".
Xinrui Hu - Qin
Yiru Gong - Qin
Xinrui Liu - Qin
Yingying Hong - Zheng
Tingting Tang - Dizi
Dizi (笛子）- a transverse bamboo flute with six finger holes, a mouth hole, and a hole covered by a thin bamboo membrane which gives the instrument wavering poignant sound. There are more than 160 pieces of 7000 years old bone di surface in China He Mu Du.
Qin (古琴）- an unbridged seven-stringed zither with over 3000 years of history. There are more than 3,600 known ancient Qin compositions collected in nearly 130 Qinmanuscripts. Other than regular notes, it has 119 playable harmonics.
Zheng (古箏) - a long bridged zither with varying sizes and twenty-one strings plucked with real or synthetic nails.
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