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.
For six decades, traditional Paiwan songs had been neglected. None of the people in the local villages could sing any of their songs in entirety. It was not until 2005, when Camake Valaule was assigned to Taiwu Elementary School, did the songs start to be sung again. The Paiwan are one of the 16 officially recognized indigenous groups in Taiwan and Taiwu Elementary School is located in Taiwu Township in Ping Tung County, southern Taiwan.
Characterized by a special way of singing and storytelling, Shuo Chang is a popular public entertainment that has mesmerized the Chinese people for hundreds of years. It is a performing art that makes use of languages, music, acting with talking and singing.
First appeared in the 14th century, Xi-qu is a general term to describe various forms of local Chinese operas. Xu-qu or Chinese operas had undergone many changes to evolve into the forms we know today. Peking opera is probably the most familiar one.
This week’s Jade Bells and Bamboo Pipes features qin music performed at International Symposium on the Art of Qin in Sichuan in 1995. You will hear music performed by Li Xiang-ting, who has been invited to London University to instruct qin music; Sun Yu-han, who learned from Wei De-dong, a qin maestro from Taiwan; Wei Jia-li, who had played qin for more than 40 years and Gao Zhong-jun, who had had 50 years of qin playing.
Wu Man is a famous pipa virtuoso who inherits the tradition of Pudong school of pipa. Wu Man was born in1963 to an artistic family in Hangzhou, China and is currently residing in California, USA. She is internationally recognized for her interpretations of contemporary pipa music.