Wu Fei is a classically trained composer, vocalist and a renowned master of the guzheng — the 21-string Chinese zither. She has performed at venues as diverse as Beijing’s Forbidden City, Shanghai’s Expo 2010, New York’s MoMA, Vossa Jazz in Norway, the Europalia Festival in Belgium, and the Big Ears Festival in Tennessee. Wu plays in the guzheng’s vernacular — a musical language more than 2,000 years old — mixing Western classical and Chinese traditions with a contemporary sound. She has collaborated with prominent artists from different genres, ranging from Béla Fleck, Abigail Washburn and Billy Martin (Medeski-Martin-Wood) to avant-garde composers John Zorn and Fred Frith. Occurring during Chautauqua Institution’s week on China and the World, Wu Fei will present a concert that is a combination of the traditional guzheng repertoire from the ancient schools of Shangdong, Henan, Chaozhou regions and contemporary guzheng compositions. As a singer, Wu Fei will also present some of the most famous Kunqu opera, Peking opera and Chinese folk music for an evening that calls us to inspiration.
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