Friday, September 27, 2013

Audio: Duet between Shakuhachi and Guqin, composed by Chang Peiyou

As a person who knows a tiny little bit about playing shakuhachi, and also only a tiny little bit about playing guqin, performances that involve both shakuhachi and guqin have always intrigued me. This is one of the most beautiful pieces I have ever heard, because unlike most xiao and guqin performances, it is a real duet, not simply playing the same notes at different octaves.

Composed by Miss Chang Peiyou. Performed on guqin by Miss Chang Peiyou and on shakuhachi by Mr. Glenn Shouyuu Swann.

What's especially interesting about this piece was: both the guqin and the shakuhachi have departed from their traditional motifs (patterns/styles of playing). The shakuhachi was not played in a particularly so-called Japanese Honkyoku In-sempo style (with minor pentatonic scale). Neither was the guqin played in a particularly so-called Chinese style. However,  both musical instruments blended very nicely together and the piece worked very well. Well done! I enjoyed it very much! I wish more people would compose more pieces with shakuhachi and guqin. *smile*

Speaking of shakuhachi, my friends, you must not miss this free event in Singapore. Bring your family and friends.  Register at

DATE: Tuesday, 22nd October 2013
TIME: 8:00 pm (Doors open from 7:30 pm)
DURATION: 90 Minutes
VENUE: Genexis Theatre, Fusionopolis, 1 Fusionopolis Way S(138632)
*Located just above One-North MRT Station
ADMISSION: FREE (by email registration only)

Performance at Esplanade Concourse

In addition to the main concert, WASABI will also be holding a free performance at the Esplanade Concourse

DATE: Monday, 21st October 2013
TIME: ① 7:15pm - 7:45pm
②8:15pm – 8:45pm
VENUE: Esplanade Concourse
1 Esplanade Drive, Singapore 038981

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