This weekend renowned guqin performer Wang Fei will guide listeners on a special musical journey that will introduce Chinese culture and music ranging from past dynasties to the present day. Wang Fei is a master level performer on the guqin, a seven-stringed zither, China's oldest stringed instrument, with a documented history of about 3,000 years.
The guqin became part of a tradition cultivated by Chinese scholars and literati since the time of Confucius. The guqin came to be viewed as one of the “Four Evils” and was the only musical instrument to be banned during the Cultural Revolution. As a result, the practice of playing the guqin, and the instrument itself, became endangered.
Mrs. Fei works tirelessly to revive the tradition and bring the guquin and its rich heritage to audiences worldwide. In the “Art of the Guqin” concert she will be performing guqin masterpieces ranging from the world's oldest surviving written music, 1400 years old, to newly composed guqin works and improvisation. She will also share the legends and folktales behind the music and use her own commentary and insights to bring ancient works to life.
In 2003, UNESCO declared the art of the guqin a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. In 1977, a gold disk was placed on board the U.S. spacecraft “Voyager” to introduce the music of our planet to the rest of the universe. The guqin piece “Flowing Water” was included to represent Chinese music.
The North American Guqin Association and the San Francisco Public Library will co-present this concert.
This concert is sponsored by The Alliance for California Traditional Arts, Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center, Chinese musical specialist Beijingers.com, Chinese Culture Net and friends of the North American Guqin Association.
Chinese Cultural Heritage: “Art of the Guqin”
Saturday May 17, 2014 3:00pm - 4:30pm.
San Francisco Public Library Ortega Branch
3223 Ortega St, San Francisco, California 94122
Space is limited RSVP requested at guqin.org