Celebrated pipa player Wu Man is set to perform her Ancient Dances program on April 8 at the Cleveland Museum of Art . This work includes the multimedia piece of the same name, which she developed with composer Chen-Yi, video artist Catherine Owens, and percussionist Robert Shulz.
The video art in Ancient Dances is important to Wu Man, as it incorporates paintings by her father. She describes the paintings as “mostly of birds and flowers made with ink brush in the classical style” and projections of these paintings accompany the pipa and percussion music, which was inspired by poems by eighth-century poet Li Bai, during the performance.
Author: World Music Central News Department
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