Hu Jianbing’s Sky


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Hu Jianbing’s Sky

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Sheng is is one of the most authentic, indigenous Chinese instruments dating back to 500BC. Commonly used in ancient Chinese court music, traditional shengs consists of 13-17 bamboo pipes, with metal amplification tubes (shengguan 笙管) attached. HU Jianbing was born into a family of folk musicians descending from Ding County in Hebei Province, in northern China, an area dubbed as the “hometown for China’s wind instruments music.” As a student at the Central Conservatory of Music, he eventually held a position in the country’s prestigious Central National Traditional Orchestra of China. He collaborated with cellist Yo-Yo Ma as a guest artist, performing with the Silk Road Ensemble. Though deeply rooted in folk musical traditions, Jianbing daringly pushes the boundaries of harmony, timbre, and sensitivity, in these original compositions, establishing him as one of the outstanding and creative sheng artists of our time. For this, his debut recording in the West, four different sized sheng were used.
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