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.

Yang Wei

Musician

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.

Chinese Fine Arts Society

Nonprofit

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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Sound-of-Wishes Ensemble

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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