Wu Man is a Chinese pipa player and composer. Trained in Pudong-style pipa performance at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, she is known for playing in a broad range of musical styles and introducing the pipa and its Chinese heritage into Western genres. She has performed and recorded extensively with Kronos Quartet and Silk Road Ensemble, and has premiered works by Philip Glass, Lou Harrison, Terry Riley, Bright Sheng, Tan Dun, Zhao Jiping, and Zhou Long, among many others
Only 3 left in stock (more on the way). This album is brilliantly experimental, with unearthly noises such as bowed pipa, ocarina (not bowed) and (I think I read this right) bicycle horn, as well as a good dose of electric pipa to give Hendrix-esque psychedelia and even a fair amount of heavy percussive folk, this album is recommended for anyone who desires new sounds. Pipa from a distance is a remarkable recording. Wu Man manages to give the listener a taste of tradition and the contemporary, and at times the surreal. The pipa is the lute of China, with a history spanning two millennia.
Album · 2003 · 10 Songs. 10 Songs, 53 Minutes. Released: 1 Apr 2003.
Play full-length songs from Wu Man And Friends by Wu Man on your phone, computer and home audio system with Napster. Virtuoso musician Wu Man steps beyond fusion cliches to true dialogue between her traditional Chinese instrument and the song styles and techniques of the world. Opener "Nandare" sparks with polyrhythm brought in from Ugandan endongo. Elsewhere she sounds like a banjo player, a bandurist or, even better, (as on "Dance of the Yi People") the firebrand pipa Paganini that she is. Daphne Carr.
This album is pretentious, that basically sums up my thoughts about the album. It's an album that tries so desperately to be something that it's not that the whole music comes off as unfortunately pathetic and carrying with it an inflated ego. Watching from a Distance is an album that came about at the right time. The music in itself is nothing worth noting, it's bland, unimaginative and dry yet for some reason people can't get enough of it. It's something that will always astound me no matter how many listens I give it to try and immerse myself in the experience
Fingertip Carnival - Wu Man & Son de San Diego 指尖嘉年華． 吳蠻、聖地牙哥頌樂團
From A Distance (CD) Wu Man. Sacred Tibetan Chant (CD) The Monks of Sherab Ling Monastery. Ehru Classics (CD) Chen Jun. View More. From A Distance (CD).
Wu Man (Chinese: 吴蛮; pinyin: Wú Mán; born 1963 in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China) is a Chinese pipa and ruan player and composer. She is an exponent of the Pudong School of pipa playing. She studied at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, where her instructors included Lin Shicheng, Kuang Yuzhong, Chen Zemin, and Liu Dehai. She became the first recipient of a master's degree in pipa and won the first prize in the 1989 National Music Performance Competition.