Wu Man and the Huayin Shadow Puppet Band

Posted on Mar 7 by SEASONS Magazine

Wu Man and the Huayin Shadow Puppet Band. Courtesy photo.

Wu Man and the Huayin Shadow Puppet Band come to UCSB’s Campbell Hall Thursday, March 8 at 8 p.m.

Wu Man is the world’s premier master of the pipa, a lute-like instrument whose history in China stretches back over 2,000 years. Wu Man has received praise for both her traditional repertoire and her contemporary pipa music, and she is recognized world-wide for her career as a soloist, conductor and educator.

Wu Man was the first Chinese traditional musician to receive The United States Artist Fellowship in 2008, and in 2013 she was named Musical America’s Instrumentalist of the Year.

Wu Man, courtesy photo.

Wu Man, courtesy photo.

She was the first Chinese artist to perform at the White House, and she frequently collaborates with the Kronos and Shanghai Quartets, the Knights and the Silk Road Ensemble.

Wu Man performs with the Huayin Shadow Puppet Band, a group which is known for traditional music accompanied by shadow puppetry. The primary instruments the band uses include yueqin, banhu, erhu and percussion, including clappers, small gongs and cymbals around large gong.

The performance is presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures. For more information on tickets and pricing, visit http://www.artsandlectures.ucsb.edu/.

—Ali Rank

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