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Chat on Chinese Music – Pipa / 茶话中国音乐: 琵琶

September 13, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Date & Time: Friday, September 13, 2019 @ 6: 00 PM – 8: 00 PM
Pipa artist: Zhou Yi
Moderator: Shenzhan Liao, Head of the School of Chinese Studies, China Institute

Tea and snacks will be served

Prior to the performance and talk, participants can enjoy a Chinese tea ceremony and get a chance to taste several types of tea brewed using traditional methods in aged clay teapots. This established ritual will be as engaging as it is refreshing.


For over 5,000 years, music has been essential to Chinese culture. Its language is tonal, its poems were once sung, and traditionally an educated person was understood to be a musical expert.

Music at China Institute 华美音乐 presents Chat on Chinese Music – Pipa/茶话中国音乐, a public educational series in Fall 2019, invites the audience of all ages curious about Chinese music to a chat with a musician on a journey to better understand a selected Chinese instrument, with illustrated stories and music (of course!), accompanied by a cup of tea.
The pipa (琵琶), or Chinese lute, is an ancient instrument that is both elegant and playful, charming, and adaptable to both traditional and modern sounds. The origins of the pipa date back to the Han dynasty, about 2000 years ago, when a similar type of stringed instrument was brought into China from Persia via the Silk Road. It has enjoyed wide popularity throughout its long history in China, especially during the Tang dynasty (618-907), and now again in our own time. Pear-shaped with 4 strings, pipa can be played by solo, as well as in Chinese instrument orchestras and ensembles. In recent years, it has found its way into world music ensembles.

About the speaker/musician, Zhou Yi:

Praised for her “breathtaking” meticulous technique and expressiveness by the Washington Post, pipa/qin soloist and educator, Zhou Yi graduated from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music in China. She is the artistic director of the Ba Ban Chinese Music Society of NY.

Zhou Yi’s select performances include: Tan Dunʼs Concerto for Pipa and String Orchestra at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig Germany; Young Peopleʼs Concert with the New York Philharmonic; Bun-Ching Lamʼs Song of the Pipa and Sudden Thunder with the Sinfonieorchester Münster; Zuqiang Wuʼs Sisters of the Grassland with the Ohio Youngstown Symphony Orchestra; guest qin artist with the San Francisco Opera in Bright Shengʼs Dream of the Red Chamber; guest pipa and qin artist with the Santa Fe Opera in Huang Ruoʼs Dr. Sun Yatsen.

Zhou Yi’s teaching credits include: Joined Carnegie Hallʼs Music Explorer educational program; a teaching artist with Flushing Council on Culture & Arts in 2019; conducted music workshops in public schools for the China National Traditional Orchestraʼs U.S. tour in 2015; gave lectures at Queens and Brooklyn public libraries; performed musical demonstration for students in grades 1-5 with the Global Language Project; a guest Chinese music instructor in NYU’s East Asian Studies in 1998. Ms. Zhou’s students gained the top scores in a number of musical arts programs and have been awarded in televised talent shows.


September 13, 2019
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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