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Music of Central Asia Vol. 10: Borderlands: Wu Man and Master Musicians from the Silk Route

May 29, 2012 | Format: MP3

$9.49
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: May 29, 2012
  • Release Date: May 29, 2012
  • Label: Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
  • Copyright: (C) 2012 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
  • Total Length: 1:12:48
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  • ASIN: B007X2Q3SG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #247,408 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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By Dr. Debra Jan Bibel TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 6, 2012
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The guitar of Europe has its orgins in Central Asia, probably from the pear-shaped dutar family. These plucked string instruments moved East to China, evolving into the barbat and then pipa, and to Japan, with the biwa. Going West, the oud came into existence and then al-oud became the Renaissance lute. This, the final album of the Smithsonian Folkways series Music of Central Asia, features Chinese pipist Wu Man and musicians from other regions along the Silk Road in collaboration in honor of such historical developments. Wu Man has had similar exchanges with the Silk Road Ensemble innovated by Yo-Yo Ma. Here, she plays with Uyghurs, from the far west province of Xinjiang, China, and Tajiks, groups whose music follow the muqam series of modes. These are Abduvali Abdurashidov, who studied the bowed sato and the tanbur with Uzbek master Turgun Alimatov in learning the Shashmaqom suites; Sirojiddin Juraev, who plays the dutar; Ma Ersa, a vocalist of the Hui or Dungan tradition; Abdulla Majnun and his contemporary double-necked diltar, a combination of satar and tanbur with remarkable tone; Hesenjan Tursun and his bowed satar; Saubar Tursun, his sister vocalist and dutarist; and Yasin Yaqup, the percussionist of the group playing the dap frame drum. Traditional tunes and improvisatins are among the tracks, which are performed as solo and combinations of musicians. Wu Man plays on 8 of the 14 pieces. The sound quality is excellent. Lyrics are included in the extensive package notes, as well as photographs of the artists and instruments. As with other albums in this series, a DVD is included with background, map of Central Asia, and a very fine informative documentary. The videos in this album are of conversations and rehersals in China (30 minutes) and at a session in Paris (5 minutes).Read more ›
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There is a tune on the album called "Ademler Ulugh" that translates to People Are Glorious. I think that is a wonderful theme to any music.

If music is the universal language then why do we listen to just one genre of music? It's a serious question, whether you are a casual listener or a studied musician or consider yourself a knowledgeable and serious fan. Smithsonian Folkways is the nonprofit record label of the Smithsonian Institution, the national museum of the United States. They are dedicated to to supporting cultural diversity and increased understanding among peoples through the documentation, preservation, and dissemination of music. Additionally, they seek out and record some of the worlds best music and then present it in audiophile quality albums.

On this wonderfully spirited offering they have brought together world renown pipa player Wu Man, and other master musicians from the Silk Route. The pipa is a four string Chinese instrument often called the Chinese lute. You could equate the pipa to the guitar in the western world, not because of the sound it makes but because of its popularity in China and other Central Asian countries. It has been played for almost two thousand years in China. Additionally, throughout east and south east Asia other cultures have modeled other instruments after it; the Japanese biwa, the Vietnamese ūàn t' bà, and the Korean bipa.

Wu Man herself is not only praised as a master of the pipa but has almost single handedly introduced pipa music and Chinese musical culture to audiences in the West. She has been involved in creating many cross-cultural projects by blending the pipa with variety of western and non-western instruments and art forms.
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I was expecting more pipa, instead this album is an eclectic mix of esoteric instruments and folk vocals .
I would only recommend for the hard core world music listener.
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