North American Guqin Association
The Asian Art Museum and the North American Guqin Association present
A guqin and xiao concert
by Master Li Xiangting and Wang Fei
Guan Shan Yue (Moon over the Mountain Pass )
Liu Shui (Flowing Water)
You Lan (The Solitary Orchid)
Xiao Xiang Shui Yun (Mist and Cloud over the Xiao and Xiang Rivers )
Yi Guren (Memories of an Old Friend)
Meihua San Nong (Three variations on the Plum Blossom Theme) ( qin/xiao duet)
Ping Sha Luo Yan (Wild Geese Descending on the Sandbank) ( qin/xiao duet)
Guangling San (Guangling Melody)
About Professor Li Xiangting
Li Xiangting is recognised as a world-class guqin (Chinese 7 string zither) and xiao (Chinese vertical bamboo flute) master. He is currently a distinguished professor of guqin at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing , vice-president of the China Guqin Committee, and senior consultant to the North American Guqin Association. Professor Li is renowned not only for his individual style of guqin music but also for his refined traditional scholarly skills in xiao flute playing, calligraphy, ink-painting and poetry.
Between 1989 and 1994 he accepted fellowships at the universities of Cambridge and London and has traveled extensively throughout the world for both his guqin performances and his other scholarly activities.
Besides performing in China , Li Xiangting has also staged over fifty recitals in the USA and many countries in Europe and Asia , including the famous International Edinburgh Festival and the Oriental Music Festival in England . He has also recorded and arranged solo guqin music for a number of films and television dramas, including "The Emperor's Shadow" etc. He has also lectured at various universities internationally. Professor Li's prolific publications range from several dozen research articles, poems and books through to music CDs and exhibitions of his calligraphy and ink-paintings. His books include “ Aesthetics and Musical Ideology in Guqin Performance during the Tang Dynasty” published in Taipei in 1993. He has published more than a dozen guqin tapes and CDs, and released the first guqin instructional video CD in 2000. In November 1994, he received the "Outstanding Ethnic Writers and Painters Award" granted by the Chinese Artists' Association and the Chinese Authors' Association.
For further information please visit http://www.chineseculture.net/lixiangting .
About Wang Fei
Wang Fei is one of the very few people who have truly mastered the qin and can really perform and promote it worldwide. Her music was included in an American textbook and CD on geography and music in 2003 to represent Chinese music.
She has won several awards in the field of Chinese music and has given concerts, many speeches, lectures, workshops and seminars on the guqin for universities and the general public in China , the USA and Japan , and has written articles introducing the guqin to the public. Not only is Wang Fei an outstanding guqin player, she also organizes and promotes guqin -related activities and events. After moving to the United States , she became the first person from China to gain an MA in multimedia, and started to use new technology to promote the ancient art of the guqin .
Wang Fei is also a well-known author in China . She and her two sisters are known as the Chinese Brontë Sisters. Their book "Three Sisters' Skies and Dreams" was a bestseller in Beijing in 1997.
Wang Fei is a traditional Chinese scholar: not only does she play the guqin , she also writes and paints. She also plays the guzheng (21 stringed zither).
For more information or to listen to her guqin music online, please visit her web site at http://www.feiwang.com/ .
About the North American Guqin Association
Historically, guqin societies have always been regional. The North American Guqin Association (NAGA) was founded by Wang Fei and her two sisters in 1997. It is located in the San Francisco Bay Area. Our goal is to introduce guqin music, exchange guqin information, make qin friends, offer guqin lessons, arrange and give guqin performances etc .. For more information, please visit our web site at http://www.guqin.org .
Time: Start 3/3, Wednesday nights or Saturdays afternoon..
Fee: $600 for 10 weekly sessions, total 30 hours.
Class covers playing techquie, theory, trandition etc. .Classes will be led by NAGA Director Wang Fei and will be held at East Bay .
Similar classes are also available for the guzheng . For details of any of these classes and to enroll, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-868419139 ext. 1555.
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About the Guqin
The guqin , a seven-stringed zither, is China 's oldest stringed instrument, with a history of some 3000 years. It has always been viewed as a symbol of Chinese high culture. In Imperial China, a well educated scholar was expected to be skilled in four arts: qin (the guqin), qi (the game of Go), shu (calligraphy) and hua (painting).
When the U.S. spaceship "Voyager" was launched in 1977, a gold CD was placed on board to introduce the music of our planet to the rest of the universe. The guqin piece "Flowing water" was included as one representative of the world's music.
Undoubtedly, the guqin is a part of our world's heritage, but today fewer than two thousand people can play it, and it is rarely seen in China . Music that was written over a period of many centuries is unknown to most people. In recognition of its supreme importance to Chinese culture, UNESCO in 2003 declared the art of the guqin a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
For more information or to listen to guqin music online, please visit our web site at http://www.guqin.org .
About the Xiao
The xiao is a traditional Chinese vertical bamboo flute with a history of 2000 years old. Usually played as a solo instrument, it is sometimes also played with other instruments. The tone of the xiao is extremely beautiful, suitable for expressing a peaceful or melancholy mood. It is often featured in music of the "civil repertory", typically used to accompany the quiet guqin .
For more information or to listen to xiao music online, please visit our specialist Chinese Music web site at http://www.beijingers.com/ .