Zhoushan ‘gongs and drums’
Ranking among China’s first state-level cultural heritages recognized by the State Council, Zhoushan ‘gongs and drums’ holds a unique position in the art of Chinese folk percussion music, particularly for its enchanting relevance to the long-standing seafaring tradition of Zhoushan.
An outstanding member of the folk culture family of Zhoushan, Zhoushan ‘gongs and drums’ features a fusion of softness and elegance from suona elements (a folk wind instrument) with the robust, hilarious sound of 13 gongs and five drums. Over the centuries, the art has drawn vitality from many other folk arts and blossomed into today’s ‘music of the sea’. Performers from Zhoushan won a gold medal at the World Youths Carnival held in Moscow in 1957. Zhu Liangcheng, born in Zhujiatang, Yanchang, Dinghai in 1951, has been a dominant figure in the art of Zhoushan ‘gongs and drums’ from the mid-1970s until today.