If you like Chinese or Taiwanese traditional music, then you must not miss Jade Bells and Bamboo Pipes. A favorite of many, this program is listed as one of the top ten shows in 2001, 2005, 2007 and 2009 by Passport to the World Band Radio, a leading shortwave magazine. A vast array of instruments are featured and it is a show that will satisfy your hunger for exotic music.
Kaohsiung City Chinese Orchestra was established in 1989 and is the first of its kind in southern Taiwan. The conductor of the album we feature today is Kwan Nai-chung, a prolific composer, who engages in composition and is active in the music circles of China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
Some famous tunes in Chinese classical music featured on today’s Jade Bells and Bamboo Pipes are performed by Taipei Chinese Orchestra, the first professional Chinese orchestra in Taiwan and conducted by Wong Ching-Ping, a famous conductor and a pipa master.
Wang Zhongshan is a celebrated young guzheng performer. He is of Mongolian descent but was born in Henan province, China. He has taken part in performances and musical production for TV series and motion pictures. He is innovative in the use of guzheng playing technique and pionered the use of cyclic fingering on guzheng to enrich its expression.