|Zhonghua Yayue: Chamber Group for Traditional
The four women and one male of the Zhonghua Yayue group are also members
of the faculty of the China Conservatory in Beijing. They include Yu Qingxin,
guqin; Wu Yuxia, pipa; Li Baolin, guanzi; Fu Huiqin, singer; and Zeng Zhaobin
performing the di, xiao, and xun.
Their name means classical and graceful music. Founded in 1995, Zhonghua
Yayue's purpose is to open the window for all Chinese and foreigners to
appreciate Chinese classic music. The five musicians are among the leading
soloists on their instruments in China, and are committed to teaching audiences
about ancient Chinese music and instruments.
The instruments include the xun, a hand-held clay wind instrument with
7 holes that is played by blowing over the top, like a coke bottle. The
xun was first created over 6,000 years ago. The guqin, a plucked stringed
instrument is over 2,000 years old, and was an important instrument at
the Chinese court, especially during the Tang Dynasty, from 618-907 A.D.
The pipa is a pear-shaped plucked instrument played like the lyre. Several
important pieces of music from the Tang Dynasty, feature the pipa.