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Wu Man - "Night Thoughts" [Live at Moonrise Pavilion | Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2014]
During the 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival at the Moonrise Pavilion, Wu Man performed an original composition on the pipa entitled “Night Thoughts,” based on a work by Chinese poet Li Bo. She was accompanied by percussionist Haruka Fujii. Her Smithsonian Folkways album 'Music of Central Asia Vol.10: Borderlands: Wu Man and Master Musicians from the Silk Route' was released on May 29, 2012. Video edited by Nicholas Mangialardi “A Quiet Night Thought” In front of my bed, there is a bright moonlight. It appears to be frost on the ground. I lift my head and gaze at the August Moon, I lower my head and think of my hometown. 「靜夜思」 床前明月光 疑是地上霜 舉頭望明月 低頭思故鄉 —Li Bo (701–762) 'Music of Central Asia Vol.10: Borderlands: Wu Man and Master Musicians from the Silk Route' available on CD/DVD and Digital. Stream/download/purchase: Smithsonian Folkways: Spotify: In these exuberant recordings, pipa master Wu Man and her Uyghur, Tajik, and Hui collaborators explore connections between the musical worlds of China and Central Asia. Featuring the stirring vocals of Sanubar Tursun and Abdulla Majnun along with newly arranged and composed instrumental pieces, Borderlands is a masterful blending of kindred traditions. 14 tracks, 72 minutes, 48-page color booklet, and photos; DVD contains series introduction, 2 documentary films, interactive glossary, and map. Music of Central Asia is a co-production of the Aga Khan Music Initiative in Central Asia, a program of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, and the Smithsonian Institution Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. The aim of the series is to present leading exponents of Central Asia’s rich and diverse musical heritage to listeners outside the region. Wu Man: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: Smithsonian Folkways: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: The content and comments posted here are subject to the Smithsonian Institution copyright and privacy policy ( Smithsonian reserves the right in its sole discretion to remove any content at any time.
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