Elements: New Music for Pipa by American Composers
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An unlikely but beautiful marriage of music by American composers for a fabled instrument of China.

In a seemingly unlikely marriage of ideas, this recording presents new works by four American composers for a fabled instrument of China, the pipa. Building on the instrumentís long history, these composers present a new vision of how an ancient instrument from another culture can provide inspiration to an even broader audience. The composers on this recording, Donald Reid Womack, Jeff Myers, Thomas Osborne, and Takeo Kudo, blend idiomatic performing techniques with inventive textures and widely divergent harmonic contexts. They build on the instrumentís traditional repertoire by extending the range of cultural influences and reinventing the music that can be played on pipa. The performances are by the renowned pipa virtuoso Yang Jing, whose distinct mix of virtuosity and lyricism, tradition and innovation brings these new works to life.
Donald Reid Womack, composer
Yang Jing, pipa

Jeff Myers, composer
Turtle and Rat
Yang Jing, pipa

Thomas Osborne, composer
Rumi Songs
Yang Jing, pipa, Rachel Schutz, soprano

Takeo Kudo, composer
White Crane
Yang Jing, pipa

Donald Reid Womack, composer
An Enveloping Rain
Yang Jing, pipa, Lai Yi-Chieh, guzheng, Anna Womack, viola

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