Music Lab: Playing Chinese Instruments with Yang Wei

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Learn how to play traditional music with Yang Wei, artist-in-residence at the Chinese Fine Arts Society. He’ll play the pipa, also known as a Chinese lute, and you’ll get hands-on in GarageBand on iPad to play a digital version. The Sound-of-Wishes Ensemble will then perform on a trio of guzheng, a 21-stringed zither, as calligrapher Yijun Hu draws to the music using iPad and Apple Pencil.

Chinese Fine Arts Society


The Chinese Fine Arts Society is a Chicago-based organization dedicated to promoting the appreciation of traditional Chinese customs, enhancing cultural exchange, and pursuing excellence in the arts.

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Yang Wei


Pipa master Yang Wei has performed for audiences throughout Asia, Europe, and the United States. He’s also toured with world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma of Silkroad, formerly known as the Silk Road Project.

Sound-of-Wishes Ensemble


The Sound-of-Wishes Ensemble aims to cultivate a better understanding of Chinese culture. They also work with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to raise money to support children with life-threatening diseases.

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