One of the most representative ensembles of Chinese traditional music engaged in cultural exchange today is the Chinese Bamboo Flute Orchestra (中国竹笛乐团). The group was founded by one of the leading performers on the bamboo flutes dizi (笛子) and xiao (箫), Zhang Weiliang (张维良). In its five years of existence, the orchestra’s work has been substantial. It has commissioned and promoted the music of living composers. It has used modern technology to innovate the design and subsequent construction of new dizi. It has also increased competency of Chinese musicians in playing in non-traditional ensemble settings. And, finally, in addition to protecting and innovating Chinese traditional music, the orchestra has raised the profile of Chinese music internationally.
I have two Dizi flutes. They are very fun to play, and in the proper hands, a Dizi is an amazing instrument.
Awesome stuff….now I want to learn how to play this….
Really awesome job.
No more dealing with Conductors!
NYTimes is reporting that flutist Claire Chase has become the first flutist to win the Avery Fisher Prize. Previous winners of this award include Yo-Yo Ma, and Joshua Bell. Never heard of her, but she plays great! Congrats.
Sad news. Jazz flutist Dave Valentin has died.
Much too young. 64 is still prime playing age.