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12/07/2017 Wu Man introduces the pipa to a mass audience
John Roos, Carlsbad Patch
"Wu Man has been on a mission for more than 30 years now. Her quest, however, is a little bit tricky. The composer and pipa player strives to contemporize the ancient Chinese instrument to reach a wider audience while simultaneously staying true to its traditional roots. Sound like she's walking a tightrope? Not in her capable hands.”Read More

Wu Man Silk Road Music Studio

11/27/2017 “Wu Man Silk Road Music Studio”
Opening ceremony in Xian Conservitory, China on Dec.5.

11/07/2017 China NCPA Orchestra Shows Promise and Limitations in American Tour
Joe Cadagin, San Francisco Classical Voice
"Wu skillfully imitated a mandolin in the “Neapolitan” portion ... Harrison had studied pipa technique enough to come up with some lovely, idiomatic passages for Wu ... It was also nice to hear Wu play unobstructed by the massive string section of the China NCPA Orchestra.”Read More

11/06/2017 Feature: Chinese musicians play way to build bridge for East, West cultural exchange
Ye Zaiqi, Wu Xiaoling, XINHUANET
"I hold high respect for him (Harrison) because he accepted the challenge of writing a musical instrument that was not familiar to him in his 70s," Wu told Xinhua in a pre-concert interview Sunday. "His music of the Pipa concerto is simple in rhythm but beautiful and melodic in nature," she added, explaining that Harrison's work was the simplest way to introduce traditional Chinese music, such as Pipa, a typical Chinese musical instrument, to Western audience. ... The NCPA's Sunday concert, which created a perfect combination of Eastern and Western music throughout its two-hour performance, was a fascinating audio feast for local residents here in San Francisco.”Read More

11/05/2017 Pipa player Wu Man looks West
Jian Ping, China Daily USA
"We have so much in our culture to share with others," Wu added. "This is quite a significant step for me." The audience responded with the same enthusiasm at the concert. Wu returned to the stage with an encore of White Snow in Spring, a traditional piece that sounded familiar to many in the audience.”Read More

11/03/2017 The State of the Arts | "A Concerto Finished by a Virtuoso"
Jeffrey Freymann, Classical KDFC (radio interview)
“I remember Lou sending me the score, the pipa parts, basically all the notes. There’s nothing else about the pipa notation. Where is the tremolo, where is the bending the notes? Lou just said, “OK, that’s all yours. Please make it sound like a pipa. It’s all in your hands. Make it sound like pipa music. All the details, a lot of ornamentation, I have to recreate it. So that’s also exciting to me, that part, to join the creative side not only just to play the music, but play and composing at the same time.” - Wu ManListen to the Interview

11/01/2017 Famed Chinese orchestra makes rare Bay Area appearance
Georgia Rowe, The Mercury News
"The one-night-only concert at Davies Symphony Hall follows tour stops in Chicago, New York, Philadelphia and Chapel Hill, North Carolina; the program features Chinese composer Chen Qigang’s “Luan Tan,” and Lou Harrison’s Concerto for Pipa and String Orchestra, featuring pipa virtuoso Wu Man, who commissioned the concerto and will play it in honor of the late Harrison’s centennial year.”Watch and Read More

10/31/2017 VIDEO | Pipa 101 with Wu Man
Stephen Raskauskas and Michael San Gabino, WFMT
"You may have heard the pipa before, even if you don’t know the instrument by name. Pipa player Wu Man said, “I think 98% of the audiences in my concerts have never heard the pipa. Surprisingly, people will come up to me after and say, ‘Oh that sounds like a banjo! That sounds like a harp! That sounds like a guitar!’ The pipa really is a combination of all plucked instruments, and I’m glad people always find something familiar.”Watch and Read More

10/31/2017 Harrison’s concerto bridges the traditions of East and West
Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle
"Harrison’s 1997 Concerto for Pipa and Orchestra is the centerpiece of the upcoming concert by the China National Centre for the Performing Arts Orchestra, and it features Wu Man — a virtuoso of the lute-like instrument who also maintains a stylistic connection to both the U.S. and her native China — as soloist."Read More

10/31/2017 It's News to Me
Kronos Quartet Carries On with “Fifty for the Future”

Janos Gereben, San Francisco Classical Voice
"The online release adds to previously published pieces by Franghiz Ali-Zadeh, Ken Benshoof, Raven Chacon, Fodé Lassana Diabaté, Rhiannon Giddens, Yotam Haber, Joan Jeanrenaud, Garth Knox, Aleksander Kosciów, Nicole Lizée, Kala Ramnath, Tanya Tagaq, Merlijn Twaalfhoven, Aleksandra Vrebalov, and Wu Man, bringing this learning library of contemporary repertoire for string quartets to a total of 20 works. At the Nov. 7 concert, the Kronos [Quartet] will perform ... Wu Man’s Four Chinese Paintings: II. Turpan Dance."Read More

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10/30/2017 Chinese touch to familiar forms
Chen Nan, China Daily
"It's fascinating to have a Western composer write for a Chinese instrument. I am looking forward to performing with the NCPA Orchestra," Wu says. "Many of the musicians in the orchestra are from Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, where I graduated; the conductor Lyu Jia, for example. It's like a reunion."Read More (Chinanews.com) / (China Daily)

10/29/2017 Feature: Chinese orchestra's concert showcases unique combination of Western, Chinese music
Jian Ping, Xin Hua
[Wu Man] said she had played Harrison's piece hundreds of times with foreign orchestras in Europe and the United States, but Saturday night's concert [in Chicago] marked her first time to play it with a touring Chinese orchestra outside China. ... The audience so enthusiastically greeted Wu's performance that she had to return to the stage with an encore of "White Snow in Spring," a famous traditional pipa score that enabled her to demonstrate more playing skills.Read More (xinhuanet.com) / (china.org) / (Chinanews.com)

10/26/2017 International style
Philip Campbell, The Bay Area Reporter
"Brilliant instrumentalist Wu Man has performed with the China NCPA Orchestra in Europe and the U.S. Introducing Chinese music and her four-stringed pipa (sometimes called the Chinese lute) to Western audiences for years, she will perform Lou Harrison's Concerto for Pipa and String Orchestra in celebration of the composer's birth centennial (May 1917) on Sun., Nov. 5. It resonates well with beloved Lou's ties to Northern California."Read More

10/23/2017 Discovery Channel October 2017
China: Time of Xi | Episode 3

 

10/02/2017 Pipa Virtuoso Wu Man explains five facts about the instrument
Kyle MacMillan, CSO Sounds & Stories
"Put simply, Wu Man is the world’s best known and most respected exponent of the pipa, a four-stringed, lute-like instrument introduced 2,000 years ago. In addition to appearing as a founding member of cellist Yo-Yo Ma’s cross-genre Silk Road Ensemble, she tours worldwide on her own, performing with symphony orchestras and chamber ensembles such as the Kronos Quartet and Brooklyn Rider, and giving solo recitals."Read More

9/28/2017 Pipa virtuoso Wu Man performs live
Laurie Niles, Radio New Zealand
"Wu Man is here to perform with the New Zealand String Quartet. The founding member of Yo-yo Ma’s Silkroad Ensemble plays her pipa live in the studio and discusses the fascinating evolution of her solo career which has seen her perform with Kronos Quartet and premiere works by Philip Glass, Lou Harrison, Bright Sheng and Tan Dun."Read & Listen

8/23/2017 Kronos Makes New Quartet Music Available for Students
Laurie Niles, Violinist.com
"The compositions represent a huge variety of modern styles and cultural language, filtered through the medium of a string quartet. For example: Would your quartet like to explore the musical vocabulary of the lute-like Chinese pipa, in a piece called "Four Chinese Paintings," by Wu Man?"Read More

8/23/2017 Kronos Makes New Quartet Music Available for Students
Laurie Niles, Violinist.com
"The compositions represent a huge variety of modern styles and cultural language, filtered through the medium of a string quartet. For example: Would your quartet like to explore the musical vocabulary of the lute-like Chinese pipa, in a piece called "Four Chinese Paintings," by Wu Man?"Read More

8/14/2017 Wu Man: Chinese Music on the World Stage
Li Yiqi, China Pictorial
Tens of thousands of performances made Wu the musician she is today, and each one remains like a precious possession. “I wasn’t thinking about numbers back then,” Wu recalls. “I just wanted to learn and introduce such a cool instrument to as many people as I could. Only much later on did Western media and spectators start talking about dissemination of Chinese music and culture. My face and my pipa have always been symbols of the East.”Read More

8/11/2017 La Jolla SummerFest Contrasts Tan Dun and Stravinsky at Athenaeum Concert
Ken Herman, San Diego Story
"...it was a pleasant reminiscence to hear Tan Dun’s Concerto for String Quartet and Pipa with Wu Man as the pipa soloist. ... Hearing Wu Man play the alternately startling and ravishing pipa solos proved an exceptional treat to the members of the Athenaeum audience ... In this demanding, rewarding work, the Ulysses Quartet and Wu Man joined in an unusually felicitous partnership, and hearing them perform in the congenial intimacy of the La Jolla Athenaeum could not have been improved upon!"Read More

8/10/2017 Great performances and a puzzling premiere at SummerFest
Christian Hertzog, San Diego Union-Tribune
"Soloist Wu Man is one of the finest pipa experts on the planet, and she has aggressively commissioned prominent composers such as Tan Dun and David Lang to write for her. ... Wu Man played confidently [in the West Coast premiere of Xiaogang Ye's Gardenia with the Miro Quartet], and hearing her in Conrad Prebys Hall was a treat; it gives plucked notes more life."Read More

7/06/2017 Concert review: Kronos Quartet played expansively and provocatively at Dominion-Chalmers
Peter Hum, OTTAWA CITIZEN
"First there was Silk and Bamboo, which struck the evening’s final world-music note. The composition by Chinese pipa player Wu Man was rich and moody, not only for its signature pentatonic melodies but also because Kronos’s violist Hank Dutt switched to a clanging hand cymbal and wood blocks to further the piece’s mood and rhythm."Read More

7/06/2017 Review: Kronos Quartet offers up some prime Canadian content in musical tour around the world
Natasha Gauthier, arts file
"The quartet performed two encores. Silk and Bamboo, written for Kronos by pipa virtuoso Wu Man, showed off the members’ chameleon versatility, with violist Hank Dutt playing different Chinese percussion instruments. The ensemble chose a lush, Ellington-esque arrangement of Strange Fruit to close."Read More

6/22/2017 Wu Man and Shanghai Quartet: Make Music Not War at Park Avenue Armory
Susan Hall, Berkshire Fine Arts
"Wu Man, a contemporary master of the [pipa], played solo for us to start the evening. In her spike red heels, red stockings and a red dress, this diminutive figure dominated the stage of the newly restored officers’ room at the Park Avenue Armory."Read More

6/21/2017 From chinoiserie to Sheer Excitement
Harry Rolnick, CONCERTO NET
"Yet all of this was secondary to the opening work, a Pipa solo by Wu Man herself. Her instrument, her beguiling smile, her attitude all have a glowing elegance. Yet it was the plethora of sounds which make her such a singular artist. Her colors could have a single silvery tune, or take on a multi-toned twang, her hands could create the harmonies of a harp, present hard and soft sounds together or replicate the chaotic crowd at a baseball game."Read More

6/18/2017 Pipa Master Wu Man to Play New York City Stage
Elizabeth Yuan, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
"The woman now considered the world’s greatest pipa player spent years asking herself, “What am I going to do?”...Wu Man, now 54 years old, was the first person to get a master’s degree in her instrument—a four-stringed lute with a two-millennia history—at China’s top music school, the Central Conservatory of Music, in Beijing. She became its youngest faculty member. She had learned the very limited repertoire of notated pipa songs, which numbered a few dozen, given its oral tradition roots."Read More [pdf]

6/01/2017 The Virtuoso Bringing Silk Road Music to a National Audience
Henry Ace Knight, SIXTH TONE
"As applause faded into expectant silence following the final notes of pipa virtuoso Wu Man’s May 7 performance in Suzhou, in eastern China’s Jiangsu province, the audience awaited an encore. One concertgoer requested “Shimian Maifu,” a jewel of the four-stringed lute’s traditional solo repertoire. “Next time,” Wu laughed, exchanging a mirthful glance with Tajik tanbur master Sirojiddin Juraev. “Tonight is about sharing the music of the Silk Road with you."Read More

5/31/2017 Festival celebrates arts and ideas with performances, talks, music, and more
Susan Gonzalez, Yale News
"Wu Man and Miró Quartet will perform the world-premiere of “Gardenia” by Chinese composer Xiaogang Ye on Thursday, June 22, at 8 p.m. in Morse Recital Hall. “Gardenia” was composed for string quartet and Pipa, a traditional Chinese instrument."Read More

5/31/2017 Your 2017 Classical Music Summer Festival Guide
Eliza Grace Martin, WQXR
"Pipa virtuoso Wu Man teams up with the critically beloved Míro Quartet for the world premiere of Gardenia, by Chinese composer Xiaogang Ye. Gardenia, which symbolizes “eternal joy” in Chinese culture, is the most recent edition to Ye’s subtropical plant series and draws heavily from the folk traditions of Hunan Province, in South Central China. It’s a rare opportunity to hear Ye's work premiere outside of Shanghai; this concert is not to be missed."Read More

5/24/2017 Labor of Love? The Work of Asian and Asian American Classical Musicians in the Silk Road Ensemble
Suzanne Chen, Asian American Music
"In their documentary trailer, the pipa player, Wu Man, proclaimed, “There’s no East or West. It’s just a globe.”... The music of the Silk Road Ensemble shows the potential of music as a form of resistance against dominant discourses of taste and authenticity, which are often used to devalue the music of Asian Americans."Read More

5/17/2017 Chinese pipa musician Wu Man explores the roots of China's traditional music
Zhang Yuchen, GLOBAL TIMES
"On May 4, Wu kicked off her Borderlands: Wu Man and Master Musicians from the Silk Route tour in Xi'an, capital of Northwest China's Shaanxi Province, and also the starting point of the ancient Silk Road. On Sunday, she completed the eighth stop on her tour with a performance in Beijing..."The Borderlands concert is a good example of how music can shorten the distances between us and shows the importance of cultural exchanges between nations," Wu told the Global Times on Sunday."Read More

5/08/2017 Tajik musician participates in AKMI-organized concert tour of China
Asia-Plus Media Group
"The tour, titled “Borderlands: Wu Man and Master Musicians from the Silk Route”, showcases the long history of cultural interaction and exchange among musicians from China and Central Asia. For the Music Initiative, the ”Borderlands” tour represents a first step toward developing relationships with artistic communities, performing artists, and performing arts organizations in China with the aim of creating long-term networks for collaboration."Read More

5/04/2017 From China with love
Steve Pfarrer, Amherst Bulletion
"It’s the same path that some modern Chinese musicians, such as pipa player Wu Man and celebrated cellist Yo-Yo Ma, have taken over the past decade or so, blending Chinese folk and traditional music with western classical music, as Wu Man did at a performance last year at the FAC with the Peking Orchestra."Read More

5/02/2017 Wu Man: love of the lute
Chen Nan, The Telegraph
"After many successful collaborations with major western musicians, celebrated Chinese pipa (lute) player Wu Man is returning to display her astonishing talent in her homeland."Read More

5/01/2017 Where does Anbang get its bucks?
Jeremy Goldkorn, SUPCHINA
"In 2008, filmmaker Andrea Cavazzuti and pipa player Wu Man 吴蛮 began shooting a documentary about a family in Shaanxi Province who were celebrated locally for their shadow puppet opera performances in the tradition of lao qiang (老腔 lǎo qiāng), which dates back to the early Ming dynasty."Read More

5/01/2017 Big idea. New Haven's summer festival is both local and global
Rebekah Fraser, Yale Alumni Magazine
"This season, [world premieres] will include The End of TV, by multimedia production company Manual Cinema; and a new composition by China’s celebrated composer Ye Xiaogang, performed by the Texas-based Miró Quartet and Grammy-nominated pipa player Wu Man.
Wu Man, who moved to New Haven with her husband immediately after leaving China in 1990, learned English in New Haven and performed her first US solo concert at the Yale University Art Gallery. “For me, premiering this piece at the festival in New Haven—it’s something very special to share East-West music with the audience there,” she says. “The arts festival brings all the people together to share ideas, to share music.” Although Wu has since moved from the state, she adds, “There’s a very special feeling and space for me in New Haven."Read More

4/29/2017 Junge Musiker aus New York geben Rekordkonzertg
Joachim Mischke, HAMBURGER ABENDBLATT
"If Jimi Hendrix ever wants to reincarnate in the body of a Chinese lute virtuoso - this woman would be the best choice for his return."Read More

4/28/2017 Lotus Live on WFHB: Wu Man
Jim Manion, WFHB
"Recognized as the world’s premier pipa virtuoso and leading ambassador of Chinese music, Wu Man has carved out a career as a soloist, educator and composer giving her lute-like instrument—which has a history of over 2,000 years in China—a new role in both traditional and contemporary music."Read More

4/26/2017 The Knights: Geheimtipp in der Elbphilharmonie
Joachim Mischke, Hamburger Abendblatt
"Star guest of the Hamburg Knights debut is Wu Man, virtuoso on the Chinese ... Pipa, with a piece [composed by] Tan Dun."Read More

4/25/2017 The Knights News York / Elbphilharmonie Hamburg
WAS GEHT HEUTE AB? HAMBURG
"With Wu Man, the pipa virtuoso known from Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble, [The Knights] have developed a program that naturally combines Bach with Tan Dun..."Read More

4/25/2017 Knights öffnen Blick in fremde Welten
Christel Voith, Schwäbische
"This pipa, played by the virtuoso Wu Man, was at the center of the [work by] the contemporary Chinese composer Tan Dun. ... And always there is the sound of Pipa, sometimes fluttering ... like a little bird, sometimes singing softly."Read More

4/15/2017 Rediscovering Xinjiang’s musical roots
Atul Aneja, The Hindu
"These days, subway carriages are advertising an upcoming concert of Wu Man. Ms. Wu has dug deep into the fast-fading musical traditions of China and Central Asia, and fused them with more contemporary sounds. Her extraordinary exertions, unearthing the region’s composite and unique musical heritage, have now found worldwide acclaim."Read More

4/13/2017 Wu Man's CMSLC performance at 9pm tonight will be live-streamed via website of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
http://bit.ly/WuManCMS
Zhao Jiping / Zhao Lin Red Lantern for Pipa and String Quartet (2015)

 

4/12/2017 Kathleen Chalfant Cast In Yale Rep’s ‘Mary Jane’; A ‘Makeover’ Cocktail At Hartford Stage
Christopher Arnott, Hartford Courant
"It Was A Very Good Year
Hope you have pleasant memories of the 2013-14 theater season, because it's coming back big-time. Several of the key names in the 2017 International Festival of Arts & Ideas lineup — saxophonist Jimmy Greene, composer Martin Bresnick, pipa player Wu Man and musical theater creators Aaron Jafferis and Byron Au Yong — were all part of the 2013 fest as well. This year's festival runs June 3 to 24 in New Haven."Read More

4/11/2017 Facebook Live: Wu Man (video performance/interview)
Terrance McKnight (host), WQXR
Watch acclaimed pipa player and composer Wu Man (Silk Road Ensemble, Shanghai Quartet and The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center) play live from the WQXR studios. Turn on your sound to enjoy this special performance and conversation hosted by WQXR's Terrance McKnight.
https://www.facebook.com/WQXRClassical/videos/10154501082876732/

 

4/9/2017 San Diego Symphony 2017-18 season mixes old and new with flair
Beth Wood, San Diego Union-Tribune
"The chamber series will highlight the talents of the orchestra’s musicians and feature internationally acclaimed artists. Wu Man, who resides in San Diego when she’s not touring the globe, is renowned for playing the pipa, a four-stringed Chinese lute."Read More

4/7/2017 Pipa virtuoso Wu Man to perform in Shanghai
Zhang Qian, Shanghai Daily
"AS an active US-based Chinese musician, pipa musician Wu Man has successfully promoted the traditional Chinese instrument to the West world in the past 30 years. This Saturday, she will present the beauty of the instrument to audiences at Shanghai Symphony Hall."Read More

4/5/2017 Lincoln Center Has an Eclectic Week of Music in Store
Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times
"The concert features Wu Man, the world’s finest player of the pipa (the Chinese lute); the Shanghai Quartet; and the pianist Gloria Chien. The program includes the New York premiere of a work for pipa and string quartet by Zhao Lin based on his father’s music for the acclaimed film “Raise the Red Lantern.”"Read More

4/02/2017 Review: Pipa performance reflects agility, ability
Peter Jacobi, HERALD TIMES
"Her name is Wu Man, a remarkable China-born and trained champion of the pipa, which can produce sweet and soft melodies along with forceful, even abrasive, sounds. Wu has lived the past quarter-century in the United States, spreading the word about her beloved pipa and commissioning new music for it. ... from the first measures of “Dance of the Yi People,” ... one sensed that nothing technical could faze her. And as best as a listener new to the pipa such as I could discern, nothing did, none of the strumming or plucking demands, no matter how complicated they seemed. ... [In “Shi Mian Mai Fu”] The music turned bellicose and then triumphant to reflect a victory for what became the Han Dynasty. Man’s agility and ability to suggest actions and moods proved outstanding. She played with a fury that brought amazement."Read More

3/30/2017 Abu Dhabi Festival 2017: Yo-Yo Ma’s roadmap of peace
Ben East, The National
"Featuring musicians from more than 20 countries, last year’s Grammy Award-winning album Sing Me Home is a melting pot of intoxicating sounds and instruments, starring everyone from Chinese pipa player Wu Man to Syrian clarinettist Kinan Azmeh."Read More

3/30/2017 A Festival Soldiers On
Brian Slattery, New Haven Independent
"Master pipa player Wu Man and the classical Miró Quartet will debut a piece from Chinese composer Xioagang Ye on June 22."Read More

3/24/2017 Grammy Award Winner Wu Man To Perform At Bloomington's Buskirk-Chumley Theater
WBIW
"The goal of China Remixed is to highlight the most diverse and dynamic aspects of the contemporary Chinese culture from China's mainland to Taiwan, Hong Kong, and America. China Remixed reflects all the ways that arts and humanities of China impact IU and vice versa. The ten-week themed program has included noteworthy featured guests, dance, live Kung Fu choreography, classic plays, art and video exhibits, films, a weekly speaker series, and more."Read More

3/21/2017 Lotus Blossoms unites international artists during 22nd year
Sanya Ali, Indiana Daily Student
"Lotus Blossoms is one of the many initiatives members of Lotus Education & Arts take on throughout the year. This year’s lineup includes AlHaj, Wu Man playing the Chinese lute, or pipa, the Sones de México Ensemble, Samite from Uganda and Fiddle n’ Feet, representing North American and Celtic tradition. "Read More

3/15/2017 Interview: The First Chinese-born Artist to Perform at the White House ~ Wu Man ~
MARIA BANKS, The Middle Land (orig. published in Circle Magazine, 2012)
"During the course of our meeting Wu Man speaks with an eager enthusiasm imparting her love of not only music but of her most important mission; that of an artist. Our discussion includes what it means to be a world-famous performer bridging the gap between traditional Chinese culture and the modern Western world – as well as being a mother."Read More

3/15/2017 The Music of Strangers: Lesson 3
Elements of culture can survive despite the attempts of political regimes to legislate them out of favor, separate them geographically, or extinguish them entirely. "The Music of Strangers" curriculum looks at this idea through the eyes of Wu Man and the Cultural Revolution in China. Teachers, download the complete curriculum guide today at http://bit.ly/teachglobal

 

3/15/2017 Movie Review: The Music of Strangers - From Mao to Ma
James Croot, The Southland Times
"Part From Mao to Mozart sequel, part Buena Vista Social Club, it both celebrates the skills and showcases the experiences of global talents like Chinese pipa player Wu Man and Spanish, yes Spanish bagpiper Cristina Pato. They talk about the challenges of keeping their roots and traditions alive via evolution."Read More

3/10/2017 Film Review: The Music of Strangers
John Daly-Peoples, The National Business Review (New Zealand)
"Wu Man who plays a traditional Chinese instrument – the pipa – is shown playing traditional tunes but she also crosses boundaries using the instrument as a contemporary guitar. She visits a group of elderly musicians and shadow puppeteers in rural |China, most of whom have never left their village. The encounter leads to the troupe performing in New York."Read More

3/06/2017 Wu Man, master of the pipa
Kyle Long, NUVO
"[Wu Man] released nearly a dozen critically acclaimed solo albums and recorded important work with artists like Philip Glass and Kronos Quartet. Wu Man is a founding member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project. An incredibly versatile musician, Wu Man is equally comfortable contributing to experimental music projects like Bang on a Can, as she is performing on the soundtrack of Kung Fu Panda 3."Read, Listen, and Watch More

3/05/2017 HBO PREMIERES 'THE MUSIC OF STRANGERS'
Kevin McDonough, Virgin Islands Daily News
"Each tells stories filled with tragic history. Wu Man championed a form of traditional Chinese music all but stamped out by the Cultural Revolution."Read More

3/03/2017 Wu Man, master of the pipa, searches for beautiful impurity with cross-cultural collaborations
Eric Volmers, CALGARY HERALD
"Man is generally considered one of the world’s foremost player of the Chinese pipa, a rarefied talent in the west but one she has managed to parlay into exciting and eclectic modern classical music over the past 25 years."Read More

3/02/2017 World-Renowned Pipa Player
CBC Radio - The Homestretch, Season 2017, Episode 300281823

World-renowned pipa player, Wu Man, will perform at the Bella Concert Hall on March 3. She has worked with the likes of Yo-Yo Ma and the Kronos Quartet and you may have heard her pipa playing in the movie, Kung Fu Panda 3.

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2/20/2017 Review: Shanghai Quartet with Wu Man, pipa
Clarke Bustard , LETTER V
"As Wu Man played the traditional Chinese “Xi Yang Xiao Gu” (“Flute and Drum Music at Sunset”) and the Central Asian “Kui: Song of Kazakhstan,” it was not too much of a stretch to imagine those pieces adapted for an Appalachian stringband – assuming you could find a mandolinist nimble enough to pull off her speedy fingering and exceptionally light touch at the quietest volume."Read More

2/17/2017 Pipa Virtuoso Wu Man Performs with the Shanghai Quartet
Mike Goldberg, WCVE
Wu Man is recognized as the world’s premier pipa virtuoso and is a leading ambassador of Chinese music. Her career as a soloist, educator and composer has given her “lute-like” instrument a new role in both traditional and contemporary music.Read More

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2/13/2017 歌咏乡愁,听格莱美奏响一首世界的歌|快讯
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作为马友友丝路乐团( Silk Road Ensemble)发起音乐家之一,琵琶演奏家吴蛮凭借《Sing Me Home》(歌咏乡愁)获得最佳世界音乐专辑奖。这是继《Songs of Joy and Peace》(快乐和谐之歌)在2010年2月获得第52届格莱美最佳跨界古典专辑奖后,丝路乐团赢得的第二个重量级奖项。 Read More

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2/12/2017 Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble Win 2017 Grammy Award!
Susan Lewis, WRTI
WRTI's Susan Lewis has the story on the Silk Road Ensemble, a group that seeks connections across cultures. Listen and Read More

 
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2/10/2017 Premier Pipa Virtuoso to Stage Concerts around China
Xu, CRIENGLISH.com

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2/03/2017 Musicians from East and West come together for Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s Chinese New Year concert
Trish Crawford, Toronta Star
"Canadian composer Vincent Ho, who was born in Ottawa, was brought in to work on the project and brainstormed extensively with Chinese musician Wu Man as well as Dashan (Mark Rowswell) a Canadian who has lived in China for decades and is famous as a comedian there." Read More

2/01/2017 Performance Oklahoma - Wu Man & The Shanghai Quartet
Kimberly Powell, Public Radio Tulsa
"The world’s premier pipa virtuosa, and leading ambassador of Chinese music Wu Man has carved out a career giving the ancient instrument a contemporary role in the modern musical world." Read More

1/21/2017 Kronos Quartet celebrates female inspiration, ethnic diversity
Christian Hertzog, San Diego Union Tribune
"The works by Ali-Zadeh, Tagaq, Knox, Wu Man and Vrebalov were composed as part of Kronos’ “Fifty For The Future” project, a five-year commissioning, recording and publishing project involving 50 composers (half of them women) from all over the globe." Read More

1/14/2017 Sounds from the Silk Route
Krutika Behrawala, MID-DAY.COM
"A world-renowned performer on the pipa, Wu Man has been instrumental in putting the ancient four-stringed Chinese lute on the global map as a leading instrument of contemporary music in the East and West. The artiste performs traditional and contemporary music on the pipa. She was also a founding member of the Silk Road Ensemble, created by cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and has played an active role in cross-cultural music making, in particular with members of China’s Uyghur minority." Read More

1/06/2017 Wu Man and Shanghai String Quartet share the pipa and Chinese folk music with Edmond concertgoers
Ben Luschen, Oklahoma Gazette
"[Wu] Man is one of the planet’s best and most celebrated players of the pipa,... When Wu Man plays a show with Shanghai String Quartet, they’re more than colleagues. In some ways, the group is like an extension of her family." Read More

12/26/2016 Chinese stars performing at Armstrong
Edmond Sun
"Wu Man is the world’s premier pipa virtuoso and composer, giving the instrument a new part in contemporary and traditional music. The Grammy-nominated musician has been named the artist 'most responsible for bringing the pipa to the Western world,' by the Los Angeles Times." Read More

12/06/2016 The Other Classical Musics, Wigmore Hall, London, review: A bold move to throw open its doors this year to the music of the Muslim world
Michael Church, The Independent
"The final part of a new concert series at London's Wigmore Hall celebrating non-European classical traditions from Afghanistan to Azerbaijan focused on music in China and Syria." Read More

12/05/2016 Wu Man and Co, world music review: Group effort is a slow burn
Simon Broughton, Evening Standard
"Wu Man brilliantly demonstrated her technique with lyrical melodies, dramatic tremolos and percussive snaps." Read More

12/01/2016 DVD: The Music of Strangers
Tom Birchenough, THE ARTS DESK
"...Wu Man, a virtuoso of the pipa, the Chinese lute, explores the disappearing traditions of the remote regions of her native land." Read More

11/28/2016 Movie Review: "The Music of Strangers"
Jean Lowerison, SDGLN
"Wu Man, the world’s premier pipa (Chinese lute) player, was in the first class at the newly-reopened music conservatory after the Cultural Revolution. When she returned after touring with the group, she found traditional music quickly disappearing, and has become a musical preservationist." Read More

11/18/2016 Movie Review: "The Music of Strangers"
Catherine Sedgwick, The UP Coming
"Brilliant pipa player Wu Man speaks of revolution squashing art in China as the “Party tells you what to do”." Read More

11/14/2016 FILM HOUSE: Film shows music crosses cultural divides
Jon Eben Field, St. Catharines Standard
"By focusing on key members of the Ensemble, such as Chinese pipa-virtuoso Wu Ma... this documentary film directed by Morgan Neville weaves together a tapestry of musical integration and collectivity." Read More

11/14/2016 Memorable festival of musical riches
Chang Tou Liang, THE STRAITS TIMES
"...Wu Man and Wu Tong's Duo for pipa and sheng, all of which exhibited a rare and exuberant artistry from the performers." Read More

10/28/2016 The Musical Group That Plays The Bawu, Jang-Go and Viola
Libby Coleman, OZY
"...But all the musicians pack a punch as they represent their countries (more than 20 total) or play an exotic instrument. One member, Wu Man, is the world’s leading Chinese pipa player." Read More

10/17/2016 Kronos Quartet Kicks Off Its Ambitious Fifty for the Future Project
David Templeton, STRINGS MAGAZINE
The final of the “first five” is “Four Chinese Paintings,” by Wu Man, the Grammy-winning pipa player from China. Composed on the pipa—a four-stringed Chinese lute—the four-movement piece was arranged for Kronos by Danny Clay. Read More

10/07/2016 Video: Strings Session Presents: Silk Road Ensemble
STRINGS MAGAZINE
Strings stopped by UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach Playhouse on the evening that the Silk Road Ensemble was set to lend its eclectic sound to the Mark Morris Dance Group’s newest evening-length piece Layla and Majnun. The group took time before rehearsal to perform an excerpt from the timeless operatic work and “Little Birdie,” a song from the ensemble’s latest album Sing Me Home. Watch

9/20/2016 Life awards the best of the fest
THE STRAITS TIMES
Borderlands: Sonic Tapestry Award
"This combination of Chinese pipa music and Uighur muqam (suite involving poetry, singing, instrumental music and dance) had the drawing power of a muezzin's call to prayer, heady aroma of freshly burnt incense and earthly pleasures of a seraglio." Read More

9/17/2016 Tracing roots of pipa in journey of discovery
THE STRAITS TIMES
"In Borderlands, world-renowned pipa virtuosa Wu Man traced the roots of her instrument all the way to Central Asia, to a time of antiquity when cross-fertilisation of cultures was a way of life. For this concert, she was joined by five Uighur musicians and a dancer from Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region in China's far west." Read More

9/15/2016 GLIMPSE WHAT THE FUTURE COULD HOLD AT THE SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF ARTS
Harper’s BAZAAR SINGAPORE
"Through numerous concert tours Wu Man has premiered hundreds of new works for the pipa, while spearheading multimedia projects to both preserve and create awareness of China’s ancient musical traditions. Her adventurous spirit and virtuosity have led to collaborations across artistic disciplines, allowing Wu Man to reach wider audiences as she works to break through cultural and musical borders." Read More

8/22/2016 Silk Road and YoYo Ma at Ravinia 2016 Review- An International Extravaganza of Music
SPLASH MAGAZINE
"An amazing performance piece, simply entitled “Duo” with Wu Tong on the sheng, a Chinese mouth-blown free reed instrument and Wu Man on pipa, or Chinese lute, was a mystical version of call and return." Read More

9/05/2016 VIDEO: Wu Man and Wu Tong Duo
Check out this improvised duo based on a traditional pipa tune with #SilkRoadEnsemble members Wu Man and Tong Wu!

 
9/05/2016 VIDEO: Sing Me Home: Green (Vincent's Tune)
Wu Man wrote "Green (Vincent’s Tune)" as part of the suite "Blue-Red-Green" for the Silk Road Ensemble.

 
费城Longwood Garden 室外音乐厅,上演着热气腾腾的丝路乐团音乐节!

8/30/2016 吴蛮 | 从东方意象到西方惊奇
梶本音乐KAJIMOTO, 微信
"继与华阴老腔在国家大剧院的音乐会获得巨大成功之后,吴蛮又马不停蹄地踏上全美巡演之旅。在热浪袭卷、38度的高温下,吴蛮横穿美国十一个城市,与丝路乐团成员在美国各大著名舞台和音乐节上给热情的观众们带去了一场场精彩演出。下面就跟随梶本娘,来听听中国琵琶演奏出的“世界的声音”!" Read More

8/22/2016 Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble make some joyful noise at the Hollywood Bowl
Los Angeles Times
"There were other intoxicating mergers — some written out, some improvised — like pipa master Wu Man’s hoe-down-like duet with Wu Tong on another Chinese reed instrument (the sheng), or a wonderfully weird polyglot deconstruction of Billy Strayhorn’s “Take the ‘A’ Train.”" Read More

8/20/2016 Silk Road Ensemble Reinvents Home
San Francisco Classical Voice
"...Wu Man drawing luminous tones or crafting raw, multi-textured passages from the pipa." Read More

8/15/2016 Silk Road Ensemble and Yo-Yo Ma spirit away the rain on vibrant night at Blossom (review)
Cleveland.com
"...with Wu Man, the universally acknowledged queen of the pipa. Man herself was the author of "Green (Vincent's Tune)," a simple melody blown up to the point of explosion in a fit of wailing, bass drumming, and gong slamming." Read More

8/12/2016 Silk Road Ensemble transports Wolf Trap audience across the world
The Washington Post
"...when Wu Man performed miracles of dexterous athleticism on her amplified pipa (a Chinese lute). And there were gasps of appreciation as a percussion section rooted in the Indian, Arabic, African and Asian worlds collaborated in almost irresistible complexity." Read More

8/11/2016 Yo-Yo Ma and his Silk Road Ensemble come to Weill Hall
The Press Democrat
"In the ever-widening circle of world music, Wu Man is known as a rock star, an exponent of the traditional Chinese repertoire and an interpretor of contemporary music written for pipa, an ancient, four-string instrument. As chronicled in the new documentary film, “The Music of Strangers,” the diminutive virtuoso also serves as one of the key members of cellist Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble..." Read More

8/05/2016 VIDEO: Musicians Haruka Fujii and Wu Man Perform Music Inspired by the Cave Temples of Dunhuang
the iris
"In this video filmed inside replica Cave 275, Haruka Fujii plays percussion (gong) and recalls a composition written by Maki Ishii for her mother, Mutsuko Fujii, and inspired by the composer’s trip to Dunhuang. Wu Man plays the Chinese pipa while reflecting on the animated spirit figures in the cave." Watch

8/05/2016 Watch a Virtuoso Shred on the Traditional Chinese Pipa
nerdist.com
"In terms of Wu Man’s credentials as a virtuoso: she’s been playing the pipa since she was nine, was the first non-Western musician to win Instrumentalist of the Year by Musical America, and has recorded and appeared on 40 albums—five of which were nominated for Grammy Awards. In the video, created for The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Man busts out with a presumably spot-on rendition of “White Snow in Spring”... " Watch

7/25/2016 Wu Man on the Ancient Roots of the Chinese Pipa
The Iris
"Pipa virtuoso and Silk Road Ensemble member Wu Man explores the origins of the instrument and discusses her efforts to recreate the ancient music inspired by fragments of musical notations from the site’s Library Cave." Listen

7/22/2016 The Music of Strangers
EU Jacksonville
"The musicians, such as Wu Man and Pato, also explore ways that they can preserve their own cultures despite the changing times. Wu Man is almost moved to tears when she talks to an eleventh-generation Chinese puppetmaster who is unsure about the future of his trade. Despite many moving and thought-provoking moments like this, the film zips back and forth between people and times with no clear direction and it becomes a bit disorienting after a while." Read More

7/21/2016 ‘The Music of Strangers’
The Long Island Advance
"Wu Man, a featured soloist on the Pipa in the film “Kung Fu Panda,” is also a star in her own world, being one of the first to study traditional music in China’s conservatory immediately after the Cultural Revolution. “There is no East or West. It’s just a globe,” she insists. Then she breaks tradition in an American guitar shop with a riff from Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man.”" Read More

7/14/2016 “THE MUSIC OF STRANGERS”: Universal language
Butler's Cinema Scene
"Wu Man is the reigning champ of the pipa, a Chinese lute, who grew up in the aftermath of the Cultural Revolution and felt she had to flee her country if she was to expand her world by playing with foreign musicians. Now she frequently returns to her country to encourage young people to study traditional instruments." Read More

7/12/2016 Review: Yo-Yo Ma & the Silk Road Ensemble’s ‘Sing Me Home’
Strings Magazine
"This collection centers on notions of home, but with these musicians without borders, collaborators ranging from Chinese pipa player Wu Man to Irish fiddler Martin Hayes, heartland is a mutable concept. [...] Wu Man’s pipa wheels over Yo Yo Ma’s woody rolling cello on “Little Birdie,” evoking birds in flight..." Read More

7/11/2016 当交响乐遇上琵琶
NCPA两团
Wu Man returns to Beijing to perform pipa concertos by Lou Harrison and Tan Dun with the China NCPA Orchestra on July 30. In advance of the performance, Wu Man was profiled in the NCPA magazine's article "When the Symphony Meets the Pipa." Read More (PDF)

7/08/2016 Music and the Movies: The Music of Strangers
The Whole Note
"Wu Man, pipa virtuoso extraordinaire, who was part of the first class to enter the conservatory in China following the Cultural Revolution, and who benefited from Isaac Stern’s historic master classes [see the 1979 documentary From Mao to Mozart];" Read More

一席第378位讲者吴蛮

7/06/2016 "琵琶可以玩到世界上吗?我说可以"
"Can the Pipa be played on the World stage? My answer is, Yes"

一席第378位讲者吴蛮 (YIXI Talk 378 speaker Wu Man)
"吴蛮,琵琶演奏家。五获格莱美“最佳演奏”和“最佳世界音乐专辑”提名,马友友“丝路计划”重要创始团员。《波士顿环球报》曾评“吴蛮是属于极少数改变了其所演奏乐器历史的演奏家”。"
"我今天的题目是《玩琵琶》,我想跟大家分享我是怎么玩琵琶这个传统乐器,是怎么把它玩到世界的舞台上。" Watch & Read More

6/24/2016 'The Music of Strangers': Soulful doc on Yo-Yo Ma and his world-music band
Philadelphia Inquirer
"Chinese pipa player Wu Man, seen with an electrified version of her instrument, has created a niche where none previously existed." Read More

6/24/2016 Interview: Morgan Neville on Yo-Yo Ma and “Music of Strangers”
beliefnet.com
"People like Wu Man [from China] and Kayhan [from Iran], even though actually they left their homes, they’ve done more to preserve their tradition than the people that stayed." Read More

Music of Strangers

6/24/2016 Yo-Yo Ma documentary celebrates the possibilities of music
The San Francisco Examiner
"He assembled musicians including Chinese pipa master Wu Man..." Read More

6/23/2016 Explore the world with these talented ‘Strangers’
Seattle Times
"Neville’s film, an irresistible kaleidoscope of music and good fellowship, lets us explore the globe with a group of talented musicians. Cellist Yo-Yo Ma, himself a citizen of the world (born in Paris of Chinese parents, he grew up in New York), founded the Silk Road Ensemble in 2000 as an “experiment,” he muses in the film: “What might happen when strangers meet?” Its members come from all corners of the world, as do their instruments: Cristina Pato’s gaita (a Galician bagpipe), Wu Man’s pipa (a historic Chinese lutelike instrument), Kayhan Kalhor’s kamancheh (an Iranian fiddle)." Read More

6/23/2016 New documentary on Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble illustrates power of music
Chicago Tribune
"Wu Man is a musician from China who plays the pipa, a stringed instrument similar to a lute. Her virtuosity on the traditional Chinese instrument invites comparisons to world-class violinists. In the film, she describes how she was part of the first generation of musicians to return to the conservatory to study music after Mao Zedong's Cultural Revolution banned formal music instruction in China." Read More

6/23/2016 ‘The Music of Strangers’: A documentary looks at music — and so much more
The Washington Post
"“Strangers” is not all heavy, though, and is punctuated by light moments. A young man in an American guitar shop insists on hearing Chinese musician Wu Man play Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man” on her pipa, a teardrop-shaped lute." Read More

6/23/2016 Unfocused documentary on Yo-Yo Ma
SF Gate
"[Wu Man]the scintillating Chinese pipa virtuoso." Read More

6/21/2016 Review: Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble at heart of documentary 'Music of Strangers'
via the Mercury News, an LA Times review
"Wu Man, a virtuoso on the pipa (Chinese lute), who introduces the Zhang Family Band, now in its 11th generation of performers, to the world. "There is no East or West," she says. "It's just a globe."" Read More

6/20/2016 Yo-Yo Ma Plays Well With Others From Everywhere
San Francisco Classical Voice
"...the greatest potential for demonstrating evolution in classical music — or in society — comes down to the humanity in the stories and the exuberant musicians. This is where the documentary shines: in Man’s rendition of Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man,” played for her stunned young son in Dusty’s Guitar shop in Oceanside, California..." Read More

6/17/2016 'The Music of Strangers' shows how musicmaking can be salvation
The Christian Science Monitor
"The sprightly Wu Man, who plays the Chinese stringed instrument called the pipa, was, like Ma, a child prodigy, and, like him, she has retained an ineffable love for music. She has the definitive last word in this film: “There is no East or West. It’s just a globe.”" Read More

6/12/2016 Film Review: The Music of Strangers: Yo Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble
Dirty Movies
"The pipa player Wu Man was the first woman to enter a conservatory soon after the Chinese Revolution, in 1966. She tells that at that time “dreaming was the next music”." Read More

6/11/2016 Film Review: The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble
Film Journal International
"Wu Man was one of the original Chinese kids taught by Isaac Stern in a historical cultural exchange from the past, and her specialty is the pipa, a lute-like traditional instrument." Read More

6/10/2016 A Music Documentary Is 'A Trojan Horse,' Says Oscar Winner Morgan Neville
NPR interview with director Morgan Neville
"The Music of Strangers was a big project. Neville shot his subjects in six different languages, filming them in locations as far-flung as China, Turkey and Iran. The film is full of brilliant performances and sumptuous colors, but what's more incisive are the segments in which Neville zeroes in on certain members of the ensemble. Among them are the Paris-born, American-raised Ma, of Chinese descent; the deeply soulful Iranian kamancheh virtuoso Kayhan Kalhor; the exuberant pipa master Wu Man, from China; the spirited Galician bagpipe player Cristina Pato; and the talented Syrian clarinetist Kinan Azmeh. (As it happens, NPR Music has showcased each of them individually in video performances we've produced.)" Watch & Read More

6/10/2016 Film Review: The Music Of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma And The Silk Road Ensemble
Roger Ebert
"But it is two women who steal the show. First is pipa player Wu Man, a petite Chinese whirlwind who is first seen in a guitar store banging out Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man” on an electric model of her four-string signature instrument that more frequently emits haunting, hypnotic sounds. Later, she chats with the male members of the Zhang family in the Shaanxi province of China, who provide the soundtrack for old-school live puppet shows. A smiling elder member of the clan declares that his country “has the most ancient rock ‘n’ roll,” before proving it by whooping and yelling while banging on antique instruments. Alas, the 21st-century marketplace for such entertainment is quickly dying off." Read More

6/10/2016 Interview: Morgan Neville on Going Beyond the Notes for “The Music of Strangers”
The Moveable Fest
The "20 Feet From Stardom" director on transcending borders with a portrait of Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble. Read More

6/10/2016 Joshua Reviews Morgan Neville’s The Music Of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma And The Silk Road Ensemble [Theatrical Review]
Criterion Cast
"...Strangers introduces us to artists like Wu Man and Cristina Pato, both perfect exemplars of what this group attempts to do through its art. Playing the pipa and gaita respectively, these two artists are taking on instruments that are slowly fading from the cultural zeitgeist of their respective homelands." Read More

6/10/2016 Amid Chaos and Conflict, Yo-Yo Ma Makes Music His Peace Offering
Takepart
"The film profiles four ensemble members. Pi-pa player Wu Man wrestles to belong in both China and America as she works to preserve Chinese folk music..." Read More

6/10/2016 How Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble Got Its Spectacular Sound
Wired
"The film, five years in the making, offers intimate glimpses into the lives of several musicians, many of whom escaped repressive regimes. Wu Man visits the conservatory where she practiced the pipa, a Chinese lute, to escape the Cultural Revolution." Read More

6/10/2016 How Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble Got Its Spectacular Sound
This Week in New York
"...Chinese pipa virtuoso Wu Man, the first Chinese artist to play at the White House..." Read More

6/09/2016 Movie Review: THE MUSIC OF STRANGERS: YO-YO MA AND THE SILK ROAD ENSEMBLE
Culver City Observer
"Honing in on some of the more colorful musicians, we meet several up close and personal: Wu Man - master of the pipa, a Chinese stringed instrument. Wu Man grew up in post-Maoist China and as one of the more fortunate, [her] musical talents were shepherded and cultivated..." Read More

6/09/2016 Film Review: ‘The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble’
Variety
"Her name is Wu Man, and she’s the world master of the pipa, a short-necked wooden lute that she plays like Jimmy Page unplugged. Wu is a traditionalist, devoted to an instrument of painstaking demand that stretches back to the third century. But she is also a free-form sound machine. “The Music of Strangers” is an aural celebration that’s about using the past to break free of boundaries." Read More

6/09/2016 Film Review: Yo-Yo Ma's international ensemble forms the heart of the 'Music of Strangers' doc
The LA Times
Wu Man, a virtuoso on the pipa, or Chinese lute, who introduces the wild and crazy Zhang Family Band, now in its 11th generation of performers, to the world. "There is no East or West," she says. "It's just a globe." Read More

6/09/2016 Film Review: ‘The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble’ Review: Grace Notes From All Over
The Wall Street Journal
"...Wu Man, the world’s premier virtuoso of the pipa, an ancient Chinese instrument related to the lute, and an irrepressible apostle of Chinese music..." Read More

4/26/2016 WFMT interview
Wu Man spoke with WFMT in Chicago about what makes the pipa cool. Read More

4/26/2016 About Four Chinese Paintings
Wu Man discusses the creation of Four Chinese Paintings Listen and View a PDF of the Score

4/25/2016 Wu Man - Kronos' Fifty for the Future Composer Interview
Video by Evan Neff
Wu Man, a Year One Composer for Kronos' Fifty for the Future, discusses her musical background, her relationship with Kronos, the piece she wrote for Fifty for the Future, and more. Watch Video

AsiaTrend

4/13/2016 The New York Times' video website features a video of Wu Man speaking about Kung Fu Panda 3
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Wu Man and the Shanghai Quartet

4/11/2016 Wu Man and the Shanghai Quartet Baffle at Bailey
The Cornell Daily Sun
"Thankfully, Wu Man’s incredible talents grabbed some deserved spotlight in a traditional solo known as “Xi yang xiao gu,” or “Flute and drum music at sunset.” Shed of the modern contrivances that flanked it, its colors shone all the brighter. Wu Man’s artistry was best expressed in the subtle changes — bending pitches and such — which she applied to notes after they were plucked, thereby evoking so much of the landscape and texture the music was meant to describe. Here were rhythms of nature recreated in an instrument born from it: a perfect cycle."Read More

Wu Man and the Shanghai Quartet

4/08/2016 Wu Man and the Shanghai Quartet bring the East and the West one step closer to each other
The Wellesley News
"Wu’s mystifying pipa playing rendered a lyricality that stood out from the rest of the strings, yet the pipa’s melodies fit in perfectly with the quartet’s part and the music remained as smooth as the sight of Wu’s fingers dancing across the pipa’s strings. Although the pipa is a plucked instrument, Wu’s masterful rapid-plucking techniques paired with skillful crescendos and decrescendos flowing in and out of the melodies created a single line of music that conjured up images of a secluded but free-flowing river in the middle of an untouched forest. Wu’s beautiful pipa music together with the resonating nature of the string quartet undoubtedly came together to create an exceptionally soothing composition."Read More

4/07/2016 Wu Man and the Shanghai Quartet Make CT Debut
The Wesleyan Argus
"During a traditional Chinese solo piece, [Wu Man's] virtuosic musician skills echoed around the silent hall and her expression of range and dynamic was seamless and beautiful."Read More

4/06/2016 [Interview] Wu Man Is The Master of the Pipa And an Ambassador of China
Indy Week
"The first time I saw Wu Man play the pipa, a four-stringed lute with an ancient Chinese lineage, time seemed to stop."Read More

AsiaTrend

4/04/2016 Review: Kronos Quartet Fosters Contemporary Works for Strings
The New York Times
Wu Man's composition for Kronos Quartet's Fifty for the Future project - her first piece for Western string instruments - received its New York premiere on Saturday at ‪‎Carnegie‬'s ‪‎Zankel‬ Hall. The The New York Times wrote of her work, Ancient Echo from Four Chinese Paintings: "This beautifully modest piece unfolds with a melody in steady notes and tender, pungent harmonies, almost like an Asian chorale."Read More

AsiaTrend

3/30/2016 In any musical style, Wu Man finds something new to say
The Boston Globe
“It’s music [that] speaks everything."Read More

3/28/2016 WWLP 22News
Wu Man was on WWLP 22News Mass Appeal earlier today to talk about her concert tomorrow night (March 29) at the UMass Amherst Fine Arts Center with the Shanghai Quartet.Watch

The Music of Strangers Official Trailer

3/25/2016 Watch the official trailer for "The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble," featuring Wu Man. The film opens in U.S. theaters June 10, 2016.
From the director of the Oscar®-winning documentary 20 Feet from Stardom and the critically acclaimed Best of Enemies, the new film "The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble" tells the extraordinary story of the renowned international musical collective created by legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma. The feature-length documentary follows this group of diverse instrumentalists, vocalists, composers, arrangers, visual artists and storytellers as they explore the power of music to preserve tradition, shape cultural evolution and inspire hope. themusicofstrangers.film Watch "The Music of Strangers" Official Trailer

3/17/2016 BYU hosts pipa-player Wu Man in BRAVO! showcase
Daily Herald
In anticipation of the concert at BYU for the BRAVO! showcase, the Daily Herald ran a story on Wu Man, in which she talks about the pipa, her work, and her experiences with BYU.Read More

Sing Me Home.jpg

2/25/2016Since 2000, the Silk Road Ensemble - a musical collective formed by cellist Yo-Yo Ma - has brought together more than 70 performers and composers, including Wu Man, for performances, recordings, and the creation of new music. The ensemble’s newest recording Sing Me Home, a companion album to the documentary feature The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, features a piece composed by Wu Man titled “Green (Vincent’s Tune)” performed by the SRE with Grammy award-winning vocal octet Roomful of Teeth. Wu Man composed the piece in 2003 based on a melody sung by her then four-year-old son Vincent. Wu Man wrote in the liner notes, “I composed this piece from Vincent's tune as a means to remember those wonderful times we spent together and I named the piece "Green" after my favorite color. Green represents the spring when everything grows and life renews itself full of energy and enthusiasm.” The recording will be available on April 22 through Sony Music Masterworks, and is currently available for pre-sale on Amazon. The album will also be available for pre-sale on iTunes on February 12.More CDs

2/19/2016 原创 | 吴蛮:中国传统音乐在世界音乐市场中的角色
中国文艺评论
每年10月举行的世界音乐博览会(WOMEX,World Music Expo)[1]都是一场世界级的音乐盛会。作为主流“世界音乐”产业的重要活动之一,这一盛会每年的主题也各不相同。在此期间,不仅来自全世界的各种传统音乐、民间音乐种类竞相登场,而且爵士、流行、跨界等艺人和团体齐聚一堂,主要的文化经纪公司、唱片公司、音乐杂志出版商也会利用这三天时间充分学习、观摩与交流。博览会白天的活动一般为讲座,介绍如何操作、运营和管理当今的相关演出市场,经纪人之间也可进行单独的交流;晚上则由各国音乐家轮番登台表演,各大演出场所、经纪公司等机构也通过观看演出来选择购买感兴趣的音乐产品,即音乐家个人独奏(唱)会或整台节目。 Read More

Wu Man is keynote speaker at the National Chinese Language Conference presented in Chicago

02/16/2016 Wu Man is keynote speaker at the National Chinese Language Conference presented in Chicago by the Asia Society on Thursday, April 28
Wu Man opens the ninth annual National Chinese Language Conference (NCLC), co-organized by the Asia Society and the College Board, with a pipa performance and speech. The conference takes place in Chicago, IL, from April 28-30. The NCLC is the largest annual convention in the United States dedicated to Chinese language and cultural education and the educational partnership between the U.S. and China. Over 1,200 educators attended the 2015 NCLC, and the conference has cumulatively attracted nearly 9,000 attendees. Other featured speakers include Ian Cheney, Andrew Coe, Monica Eng, Howie Southworth, and Martin Yan.

02/16/2016 Wu Man continues North American Tour with the Shanghai String Quartet; Program features Multimedia Work
As part of a tour that takes them from Portland, Maine to Corpus Christi, Texas, Wu Man and the Shanghai Quartet (violinists Weigang Li and Yi-Wen Jiang, violist Honggang Li, and cellist Nicholas Tzavaras) present “A Night in Ancient and New China,” a program showcasing the extraordinary range of Chinese folk and contemporary music. The concert includes contemporary arrangements of Chinese folk tunes by violinist Yi-Wen Jiang, solo pipa works by Wu Man, and Concerto for String Quartet and Pipa by Tan Dun. The program also features a new commission: the multimedia work “Red Lantern” by the Chinese composer, Zhao Jiping, in collaboration with his son, Zhao Lin. This work is drawn from several of Zhao Jiping’s film scores, including Raise the Red Lantern, To Live, and Farewell My Concubine, which are among the most celebrated soundtracks in Chinese cinema.

Tour dates:
Thursday, February 18: Luther College, Decorah, Iowa
Saturday, February 20: O’Shaughnessy Auditorium, St. Paul, Minnesota
Saturday, February 27: Wolfe Recital, Corpus Christi, Texas
Sunday, February 28: San Antonio Chamber Music, San Antonio, Texas
Tuesday, March 29: University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Thursday, March 31: University of Southern Maine, Portland, Maine
Friday, April 1: Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut
Sunday, April 3: Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts
Friday, April 8: Duke Performances, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
Saturday, April 9: Flato Markham Theatre, Markham, Ontario
Sunday, April 10: Cornell University, Cornell, New YorkWu Man and the Shanghai Quartet

Kung Fu Panda 3
Kronos Quartet

02/08/2016 Kronos Quartet Explorer Series, SFJAZZ Center, San Francisco — ‘Diverse and bracing’
The Financial Times
Allan Ulrich of the Financial Times says: "Although injury prevented her from performing on the pipa, artist in residence Wu Man was on hand to present the ‪#‎premiere‬ of her beguiling "Four Chinese Paintings," marked by pentatonic scales and string slides and accompanied by tinkling percussion." Read More

02/04/2016 "Four Chinese Paintings," Wu Man's first composition for Western String Quartet, receives West Coast premiere at Kronos Festival
In early February, Wu Man returned to San Francisco, where she served as Artist-in-Residence for the Kronos Quartet’s second annual hometown music festival – Kronos Festival 2016: Explorer Series – celebrating musical cultures and traditions from around the globe. During the residency Wu Man heard the West Coast premiere of her first composition for Western string instruments, Four Chinese Paintings, which she composed for the Kronos’s Fifty for the Future project; and hosted four concerts, including a performance for families, with the Kronos Quartet and other guest artists. Ending the festival on a high note, Wu Man, who has collaborated with the Kronos Quartet for more than 20 years, became the second inductee into the “Kronos Hall of Fame,” joining Terry Riley.Wu Man and the Kronos Quartet

01/18/2016 Interview with Chinese Media Xing Wen Huaw
中西合璧 琵琶艺术家 吴蛮

星文化
她靠琵琶勇闯美国,她让琵琶走向世界,她就是中西合璧的琵琶艺术家吴蛮,1月20日晚《今晚我们听音乐》请来吴蛮,与主持人张颖一起来分享她的琵琶之路。 Read More

Kung Fu Panda 3
Behind the scenes footage

01/15/2016 Kung Fu Panda 3 Soundtrack features Wu Man
The animated film Kung Fu Panda 3 by DreamWorks, in movie theaters now, features performances by Wu Man. The film soundtrack includes pianist Lang Lang, erhu player Guo Gan, cellist Jian Wang, and a 40-member Chinese pop choir performing “Kung Fu Fighting,” lead by conductor Eric Whitacre. Actor Jack Black, the voice of Po, leads a cast that includes Angelina Jolie as Tigress, as well as Bryan Cranston, Dustin Hoffman, Kate Hudson, Randall Duk Kim, Jackie Chan, and Seth Rogen. Watch Wu Man’s behind the scenes interview

01/15/2016 Wu Man's recent project, performing for the Soundtrack to Kung Fu Panda 3
Kung Fu Panda 3 Behind The Scenes Music B-Roll - Dreamworks 2016 Animation. Be sure to check out the film, which will be released on Jan. 29! Watch Video

06/23/2015 Percussion and Pierre Boulez: Ojai at Berkeley Festival
San Francisco Classical Voice
As I walked quietly the perimeter of UC Berkeley’s Faculty Glade last Thursday, soft strands of John Luther Adams’ Sila unravelling all around me, the crunching of dead leaves under my feet providing a gentle counterpoint, I realized: This is what it feels like for your life to have its own soundtrack... Read More

06/22/2015 Ojai Music Festival Saturday and Sunday
Independent
Sunday’s morning concert brought Maya Beiser together with Wu Man for an adventurous program that began with solos and duets and then turned to more experimental works for soloists with percussion... Read More

06/15/2015 The Ojai Music Festival Marches to a New Beat
The Wall Street Journal
Ms. Wu’s virtuosity on her pear-shaped instrument, which sounds like a mandolin, was impossible to resist in such cross-cultural works as Lou Harrison’s Concerto for Pipa with String Orchestra, Bright Sheng’s Three Songs for Violoncello and Pipa, Gabriela Lena Frank’s “¡Chayraq!” and Evan Ziporyn’s “Sulvasutra.” Read More

AsiaTrend

05/01/2015 Interview with AsiaTrend, Toronto
Video produced by Asia Trend Magazine Watch Wu Man's interview

03/27/2015 Wu Man Celebrates 25 Years in the U.S.
Since moving to the United States 25 years ago in 1990, Wu Man has transformed the role of the pipa in the musical world. The Boston Globe has said, “Wu Man is one of the rare musicians who has changed the history of the instrument she plays.” The Economist notes, “In her time in America, Ms. Wu has daringly expanded the pipa’s range, playing jazz, bluegrass and Bollywood with eclectic instrumentalists – and inspiring numerous works from prominent composers.” Read More

Our World In Song
Wu Man performing with the Silk Road Ensemble at UC Davis' Mondavi Center. Photo: Max Whittaker

01/29/2015 Wu Man performs for Music from Japan at the Asia Society on February 7 and with Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble and the New York Philharmonic led by Alan Gilbert on February 19-21
Cleveland Classical
NEW YORK, NY—Grammy Award-nominated pipa player Wu Man, named Musical America’s Instrumentalist of the Year in 2013, joins the foremost ambassadors of music and instrumental traditions from across the world to perform in two major anniversary celebrations, one for Music From Japan and the other with Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble. Read More

01/27/2015 A Rhapsodic Fusion of East and West from the Canton Symphony Orchestra
Cleveland Classical
Exiting Umstattd Hall after the January 24 “East Meets West” MasterWorks concert by the Canton Symphony Orchestra (CSO), I briefly noticed wide-eyed wonder on the face of a woman just ahead of me as she looked at her companion. I heard her gush, “Oh, those strings, those glorious strings! I had no idea!” And I thought to myself ah ha… another convert... Read More

Our World In Song

12/25/2014 Wu Man's recording 'Our World In Song' nominated for a Grammy® Award in the 'Best World Music Album' Category
Grammy.com
NEW YORK, NY—Our World in Song: An Odyssey of Musical Treasures, renowned pipa virtuoso Wu Man’s recording featuring arrangements of traditional folk songs from around the world performed with Luis Conte (percussion) and Daniel Ho (ukulele, slack-key guitar), has been nominated for a Grammy® Award in the category of Best World Music Album. The album, released on the label Wind Music, is available from CD Baby and iTunes.Read More

11/01/2014 Sheer Joyfulness of Folk Tunes from the Globe
World Music Central
So, a Chinese pipa player, a Cuban percussionist and a Hawaiian guitarist go into a studio…sounds like the beginning to a really great joke, but the reality is that three musical powerhouses Wu Man, Luis Conte and Daniel Ho have indeed teamed up to lend their considerable talents to Our World in Song: An Odyssey of Musical Treasures, out on the Wind Music label. Cross pollinating instruments and traditions in a series of musical selections from around the world, Wu Man, Luis Conte and Daniel Ho have traversed genres with such delicious delight that audiences will find the combo hard to resist. Read More

08/08/2014 Review: Wu Man, Sanubar Tursun
The Herald Scotland
Four Chinese musicians, under the leadership of Wu Man, probably the world's greatest exponent of the pipa, a small but powerful lute-like instrument, were scheduled to explore the differences and connections between Chinese and Central Asian musical repertoires and culture. In stepped the UK Government, consummately bureaucratic as ever: it really is what they do best. Two visas were denied, and four musicians became two. In two days, Wu Man and Sanubar Tursun, singer and player of a mind-blowing instrument called the Dutar, which looks like a long-necked lute but sounds like a rhythm guitar with fangs, built a fresh programme, God bless 'em... Read More

01/27/2014 Wu Man review: Pipa prodigy educates, enthralls
San Francisco Chronicle
“If you're in the market for a guided introduction to the pipa, the pear-shaped Chinese lute, you could hardly ask for a more virtuosic or enchanting instructor than Wu Man.” Read More

Musical America

08/26/2013 Sinovision Interview
Recognized as the world's premier pipa virtuoso and leading ambassador of Chinese music, Grammy Award-nominated musician Wu Man has carved out a career as a composer, soloist, and educator giving her lute-like instrument -- which has a history of two thousand years in China -- a new role in both traditional and contemporary music. Watch Wu Man's interview

Musical America

2013 Wu Man Announced as 2013 Instrumentalist of the Year by Musical America. The first traditional musician ever to receive this prestigious award!
“I feel very honored to receive this award. This country has offered me endless opportunities to express myself and to be creative as a musician, and to share and celebrate my native culture with so many people. I am honored to be recognized by Musical America along with many other excellent musical colleagues.” – December 6, 2012, Musical America Award Ceremony Watch Wu Man accepts her award

Washington DC Chinese Media

04/12/2013 Interview with Washington DC Chinese Media
名人访谈-吴蛮 二十一世纪器乐演奏家的典范

华府华语网络广播的名人访谈节目。今天作客我们­节目的嘉宾是 世界著名琵琶 演奏家吴蛮女士。在美国,当人们谈到琵琶,就会想到吴蛮,就好比谈到大提琴,您一定会­想起马友 友。吴蛮出生与中国杭州,毕业与北京中央音乐学院,曾多次获得Grammy提名。吴蛮 最近被美国古典音乐最高权威机构Musical America评为2013年度器乐演奏家。 Watch Wu Man's interview

Wu Man: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

04/27/2011 Wu Man: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
Watch the world's reigning pipa virtuoso play ancient music from her Chinese homeland in the NPR Music offices. When her fingers start to fly, Wu Man can create scenes of cinematic grandeur or serene, moonlit moments.Watch NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

PBS Newshour

11/19/2009 Jeffrey Brown profiles Wu Man on PBS Newshour
Whether playing folk music with villagers in China, or performing scores written just for her by top classical composers, musician Wu Man has emerged as one of the world's foremost musical ambassadors. Jeffrey Brown reports.Watch Wu Man’s Music Aims to Bridge East and West