The Emperor’s New Pipa

Pipa: From a Distance
Pipa: From a Distance
Franklin, USA – Naxos World released this week Pipa: From a Distance, presenting the wide musical range of the Chinese stringed instrument. The CD features traditional pieces as well as new melodies by pipa virtuoso Wu Man, well-known for her previous work with world renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Project.

On this new release, Wu Man gives listeners an extensive introduction to the pipa and its versatility. Wu Man has earned respect and acclaim for her performances and recordings since the early 1990s. She has worked with many well-known artists in several genres, including composers Philip Glass, Bright Sheng, and Tan Dun (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), along with avant-garde musician and producer Brian Eno. She credits these collaborations as having given her the versatility needed to record this new improvisational album, about which she explains, “I wanted to see how far the pipa could go, and how diverse my musical style could be. That is why I made this album.”

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.