Film, Video Traditional Chinese Zheng Music from Florida

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Traditional Chinese Zheng Music from Florida
Ann Yao plays the zheng, a long, horizontal plucked zither that is one the most ancient musical instruments in China. She is joined in this performance by Wang Guowei playing the erhu, a two-stringed fiddle, and by Chen Yihan, playing the pipa, a pear-shaped lute.
Event Date
July 27, 2011
-  Born into a family of musicians in Shanghai, Ann Yao grew up immersed in Chinese folk and classical music. She moved to the U.S. in 1985, and began performing as a zheng soloist at Disneyworld's Epcot Center in the early 1990s. She has performed at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and other venues with the innovative ensemble Music From China, which promotes modern Chinese musical culture while preserving ancient Chinese music. Yao has also participated in a documentary project about Tang-era (618-907 A.D.) music, and has performed premier works featuring Yo-Yo Ma, Chen Yi, Tan Dun, Zhou Long, among others. She participated as a master artist in the Florida Folklife Apprenticeship Program in 1999 and 2008, and was recognized as a Florida Heritage Award Winner in 2009.
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1 hours 10 minutes 48 seconds
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