What’s that traditional Asian instrument that we hear all the time in movies?
Xie Yudan from Shanghai No.1 National Music Instruments Factory demonstrates the beautiful Chinese instrument known as the pipa at the NAMM Show with our host at VisionQuest Sound, Christina Sofina.
Xie Yudan, graduate of Shanghai Conservatory of Music is a young virtuoso from China who ranks among today’s leading performers of traditional Chinese music. The pipa is a pear-shaped lute that has been in use for over 2,000 years in China. The pipa exists in a number of forms, including the short- or long-necked pipa as well as variants with a straight or a crooked neck, and the instrument can be played with various techniques. Xie Yudan has participated in more than 100 performances of Water Heavens by Tan Dun in Shanghai. She has additionally appeared at the Shanghai International Music Festival, the Sevilla Festival, and the Young Euro Classics, a gathering of international youth orchestras in Berlin. Xie Yudan has received numerous grants and is the winner of several awards.
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