Zhoushan ‘gongs and drums’

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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.

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