Academic journal article Yearbook for Traditional Music

Borderlands: Wu Man and Master Musicians from the Silk Route

Academic journal article Yearbook for Traditional Music

Borderlands: Wu Man and Master Musicians from the Silk Route

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Borderlands: wu Man and Master Musicians from the Silk route. 2011. Music of Central Asia, 10. Smithsonian Folkways Recordings SFW CD 40529. Recording engineering by Sergei Lobanov, Li Wei, and Vincent Joinville. Cinematography by Andrea Cavazzuti, Lin Jing, Zhao Yong, Saodat Ismailova, and Carlos Casas. Annotated by Rachel Harris. Produced by Theodore Levin, Wu Man, and Fairouz R. Nishanova. 48-page booklet; notes in English. Colour photographs, map, bibliography, discography, instrument glossary. CD, 14 tracks (72:32); DVD with 3 films (9:54, 30:13, and 4:40), interactive instrument glossary, map. Recorded at Beijing City Science and Education Recording Studio #1 and Studios Babel in Paris.

This CD-DVD set is the last of the ten albums released under the Smithsonian Folkways and Aga Khan Music Initiative's Music of Central Asia series. Initiated to explore and revitalize "connections between Chinese and Central Asian music," the recording project features the renowned pipa virtuoso Wu Man (b. 1963) performing a variety of traditional Central Asian styles on the Chinese plucked lute. The fourteen tracks on the CD showcase genres ranging from classical maq?m in the Uyghur and Tajik traditions to folk tunes of the Kazakhs and the Hui (Chinese Muslim). …

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