Wu Man collaborates with master musicians from the Uyghur, Tajik and Hui traditions in an unprecedented project that explores connections between the musical worlds of China and Central Asia. Featuring the stirring vocals of Sanubar Tursun and Abdulla Majnun and newly arranged and composed instrumental pieces, Borderlands masterfully blends these kindred traditions.
Pipa master Wu Man and her Uyghur, Tajik, and Hui collaborators.
Wu Man’s travels to the mountains of Taiwan and the unique sound of Taiwanese aborigines serves as inspiration for this Wu Man and Friends program. For this project Wu Man brought together musicians from the region to perform their native and traditional works in an effort to merge diverse Asian cultural traditions. Men from the Bunun tribe perform prayers, rituals and celebratory songs that are part of their culture including the holy prayer Pasibutbu, the first female nose flute master from the Paiwan tribe, Sauniaw, and a children’s choir from the Tai Wu Elementary School, also from the Paiwan tribe, join Wu Man in performance.
Wu Man collaborates with Son de San Diego in a project that explores plucked stringed instrument traditions from China and Mexico. Led by Eduardo García, Son de San Diego performs on traditional Mexican string instruments including the jarana, guitarra de son and tarima, and plays music from the southern region of Mexico’s Veracruz state known as Son Jarocho.
Wu Man is joined by Lee Knight (banjo), James Makubuya (endongo/adungu), and Julian Kytasty (bandura) in an exploration of Chinese, Appalachian, East African, and Slavic musical traditions.