Devotees of the Chinese traditional instrument called guqin are set to gather on April 14 at the Xueyuan Bookstore on Zhangzhou Lu. The guqin is similar to the guzheng and produces a clear, bright sound that is renowned for its depth of tone and emotion. One of the greatest of all the traditional instruments in China, the mighty guqin is favored by bands like Zhaoze (aka The Swamp) from Guangzhou and virtuosos including Wu Na in Beijing, who contributed her playing to the bands of Chinese music legend Cui Jian and rocker turned jazz poet Dou Wei (with Buyiding). The guqin was inscribed in 2008 on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Learn more about the guqin and Chinese zithers here and listen to the music of Chang Peiyou here.
When: April 14, 7:30 pm
Venue: Xueyuan Bookstore / 学苑书店
Location: 22 Zhangzhou Lu / 泉洲路22号
More about the guqin:
“Guqin is a seven-stringed zither without bridges, the most classical of Chinese instruments, with over 3,000 years of history. It is literally called qin, yet commonly known as “guqin” (where “gu” stands for ancient), whereas qin has become a generic name for all string instruments today”
“The Chinese zither, called guqin, has existed for over 3,000 years and represents China’s foremost solo musical instrument tradition. Described in early literary sources and corroborated by archaeological finds, this ancient instrument is inseparable from Chinese intellectual history”