Wu Man and Friends: Chinese Tradition and Musical Collaboration

Wu Man, a master of the Chinese lute (pipa) was joined by fellow musicians Yang Yi (zheng) and Haruka Fujii (percussion) for an evening concert at the Moonrise Pavilion during the 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

The music of Wu Man is featured on two Smithsonian Folkways Recordings albums, Music of Central Asia Vol. 10: Borderlands and The Silk Road: A Musical Caravan. She has performed with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble and has spent the last thirty years promoting Chinese traditional and contemporary music through performance and composition.

Videography: David Barnes, Nicholas Mangialardi, Max Lenik, Abby Sternberg
Editing: Nicholas Mangialardi

  • David Badagnani

    This is a trio arrangement of “Bumper Harvest Gongs and Drums” (Feng Shou Luogu, 《丰收锣鼓》), which was composed in 1972, during the Cultural Revolution, by Li Zuji (李祖基, 1933-1974), and which is often played as a solo for the guzheng (21-string zither). The piece is based on the sounds of traditional percussion (luogu) ensembles that play during the autumn harvest festival in China’s Shandong province.