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Chinese Jaw Harp: Wang Li
Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Virtuoso Wang Li creates his signature hypnotic sounds on the Chinese jaw harp.

Length: 1 hr 30 mins
Intermission: None
Seating: Assigned by SmartTix
Seat assignments are assigned by the SmartTix, based on the best seat at the time the order is completed.

Chinese-born, Paris-based Wang Li is a master of the Chinese jaw harp, sheng reed wind, and calabash flute, creating atmospheric sounds with infinite nuances, using breath techniques and mouth, tongue, and throat vibrations. Contemplative and eloquent, Li’s playing on these ancient instruments produces surprisingly modern melodies—dark and dreamy, with almost an electronic dance music sound. Following a strict upbringing in China, Li travelled to France where he joined a monastery. There, he discovered patience, silence, and an understanding that his musical expression comes from his roots. After studying jazz at the Paris Conservatory, he returned to his native region in China, learning from the few local musicians who play the jaw harp.

“… every touch and resonance was audible in detail. His pieces were fascinating, introspective perpetual-motion meditations.” – The New York Times

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