Show fea­tures many Chi­nese in­stru­men­tals

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A Chi­nese mu­sic in­stru­ments show is held in East Auck­land and free for the pub­lic to view later this month.

Hosted by the Asian Li­brary Trust char­ity, the 2017 Chi­nese Clas­si­cal Mu­sic In­stru­ments Show fea­tures four in­stru­ments - guzheng, erhu, yangqin and pipa.

Four Chi­nese Kiwi mu­si­cians will per­form around 10 pieces and in­tro­duce their re­spec­tive in­stru­ments to the au­di­ence.

The or­gan­iser has en­listed an English-Chi­nese in­ter­preter to help en­gage non-Chi­nese speak­ers.

Peo­ple have the chance to try and play the in­stru­ments by them­selves, and com­mu­ni­cate di­rectly with mu­si­cians in the ques­tion and an­swer sec­tion.

Guzheng is also known as the Chi­nese zither, a plucked string in­stru­ment which is more than 2500 years old, and will be per­formed by Biy­ing Liu.

Wenyan Li will play erhu, a bowed in­stru­ment known as the Chi­nese two-stringed fid­dle. Yangqin, or ham­mered dul­cimer, will be per­formed by Zengqi Yu, who is Li’s hus­band.

The pipa, a plucked string in­stru­ment with a his­tory of over 2000 years, will be in­tro­duced by Min Gao, who led a Chi­nese mu­sic con­cert at Uxbridge Arts and Cul­ture in How­ick in May.

‘‘The four in­stru­ments we chose are quite unique and also fairly com­monly seen. They are rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Chi­nese in­stru­ments,’’ says Yinyin Yang, trust gen­eral man­ager and event or­gan­iser.

She adds they plan to or­gan­ise more events in the fu­ture to in­tro­duce other Chi­nese in­stru­ments to New Zealan­ders.

‘‘These kind of ac­tiv­i­ties en­able peo­ple who are in­ter­ested in Chi­nese cul­ture to learn more about it,’’ Yang says.

‘‘It may also help fa­cil­i­tate the un­der­stand­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween Chi­nese and other cul­tural groups.’’

‘‘I hope the at­ten­dees en­joy the event. As long as peo­ple can get some­thing out of this ex­pe­ri­ence - be it a lit­tle bit of im­pres­sion of some­thing - we’ll feel re­warded.’’

The 2017 Chi­nese Clas­si­cal Mu­sic In­stru­ments Show is at the Asian Li­brary Cen­tre, 308 Ti Rakau Drive, Bur­swood, East Auck­land, Au­gust 26, 1.30-3.30pm.

‘‘It may also help fa­cil­i­tate the un­der­stand­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween Chi­nese and other cul­tural groups.’’

PHO­TOS: SUP­PLIED

Biy­ing Liu will play guzheng, also known as the Chi­nese zither, which is more than 2500 years old.

Wenyan Li will be play­ing the erhu, the Chi­nese twostringed fid­dle.

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