Led by artistic director and renowned composer Ma Jiuyue, Sounds of China features an outstanding ensemble of contemporary Chinese folk musicians that blend the ancient and the new into an exciting musical mix both traditional and modern.
The group features a number of traditional Chinese instruments—such as the erhu (a two-stringed spike fiddle), liuqin (a four-stringed Chinese mandolin), xun (a globular, vessel flute), and pipa (a plucked four-string lute)—but breathes new, electrifying energy into the performance by reframing them with rock and pop elements. Electric guitars, synthesizers, and a drum kit add to the effect.
The Beijing-based ensemble, which has performed to critical acclaim across the United States, is recognized for cultivating appreciation and increasing understanding of traditional Chinese music and culture. Jiuyue’s groundbreaking ensemble is sure to defy expectations as it fuses ancient and modern, East and West in this thrilling musical event.