Learn About the Pipa at China Institute

"Chat on Chinese Music – Pipa" is for anyone curious about Chinese music. Prior to the performance and talk, there will be a Chinese tea ceremony and a tasting of several types of tea brewed using traditional methods in aged clay teapots. 

The pipa, or Chinese lute, is an ancient instrument that is both elegant and playful and adaptable to both traditional and modern sounds. The origins of the pipa date back to the Han dynasty, about 2000 years ago, when a similar type of stringed instrument was brought into China from Persia via the Silk Road. It has enjoyed wide popularity throughout its long history in China, especially during the Tang dynasty (618-907). Pear-shaped with 4 strings, pipa can be played by solo, as well as in orchestras and ensembles.

For over 5,000 years, music has been essential to Chinese culture. Its language is tonal, its poems were once sung, and traditionally an educated person was understood to be a musical expert.

Above: Zhou Yi will perform on the pipa

When: Sept. 13, 6 – 8 PM

Where: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Fl.

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