Along my musical journey, I have been fortunate to have met many Chinese musicians who have come to the UK from Hong Kong, mainland China, Taiwan and Malaysia. Some have visited for a short time and some have settled here. They have shared their knowledge of Chinese music with me and I feel privileged to have been invited to play music alongside them. I shall be writing about Chinese music and musicians in the coming weeks and so by way of an introduction, I am sharing my Chinese music playlist which you can listen to on Spotify.
Listen to the sounds of Chinese musical instruments in folk ensembles and solo music in a range of styles, as well as a popular Cantonese song.
- Purple Bamboo Melody a folk melody from Jiangnan, played by a Silk and Bamboo Ensemble.
- Lotus Emerging on the Surface of Water performed by Liu Fang.
- Herdsman’s New Song performed by Jiian Guangyi (dizi – bamboo flute) from an Anthology of Chinese Traditional and folk music volume 4.
- Dance of the Yi People played on the pipa (four stringed lute) by Wu Man.
- Purple Hairpin Regrets – Cantonese Song and theme of a popular TV drama.
- Dance of the Yao People by Tie-Shan Liu performed by Mei Han Red Chamber.
- Jasmine Flower a well-known song played on the erhu by Lei Qiang.
- Xia San Liu (three Six) played by Lingling Yu Guo Gan (Jiagnan Sizhu Music – Silk and Bamboo)
- Delicate Fragrance from the Chinese Quintet of Plucked Instruments.
- A Song of a Warm Southerly Breeze played by Zhang Weiliang on the bamboo flute.
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