- For a huge selection of Chinese books, music, and DVDs, visit Joyo Amazon.cn.
Pipa: From a Distance
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Special Offers and Product Promotions
Top Customer Reviews
Not since King Crimson's "Discipline" have I been so thoroughly amazed and inspired by a sustained effort throughout an entire CD. This is not to say that Wu Man is replicating Fripp's Bartok meets Hendrix in style, but certainly in spirit.The opening "Invocation" is as quietly spiritual a piece as you are likely to hear. A bit like Fripp's Soundscapes before the roar of Crimson. "Dancing" is almost Beatle-like and absolutely inspiring. All through I kept expecting to hear McCartney, Lennon and Harrison chime in, and if you're sitting all through this number, you have serious enjoyment issues. "Ancient Spirit" and "Walking to the East" begin an hypnotic, polyrhythmic journey into another culture. Surely Wu Man's participation in Yo Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble has given her a sense of adventure, and this sublimely sets the tone for the adventurous and blistering "Shanghai Blues", and here is where Fripp meets his match. The intensity of Wu Man's electric pipa is scorchingly awe-inspiring. This is as brilliant a display of electric blues as Hendrix's "Voodoo Chile, Slight Return." Stevie Ray, Jimi, and the remarkable Fripp would all pay homage to such protean fretwork. And it has a deep blues groove that is just fantastic. If you have ever seen Wu Man in concert, you know this girl can cook, and cook she does!Read more ›
Flash ahead 17 years.
I was walking through the Xavier University Library near the magazine section and happened upon an issue of World Literature Today. Famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma was on the cover and there was a blurb about his Silk Road Project. Being a fan of Ma, I decided to pull the mag and check out the article. On one of the pages there was a picture of Yo-Yo Ma, and two other musicians, one of them, a woman, playing a pipa. When I saw the instrument I immediately flashed back to the closing of the documentary 17 years before. The woman playing the pipa was Wu Man. Later, I came here to seek the Silk Road recordings for samples, then on a whim clicked on the link to Wu Man, saw pipa: from a distance, listened to samples and was instantly hooked.
Pipa from a distance is a remarkable recording.Read more ›
I was not dissapointed. This album is brilliantly experimental, with unearthly noises such as bowed pipa, ocarina (not bowed) and (I think I read this right) bicycle horn, as well as a good dose of electric pipa to give Hendrix-esque psychedelia and even a fair amount of heavy percussive folk, this album is recommended for anyone who desires new sounds.
There is enough dynamic variety here that I find this interesting enough to turn up and rock out to, but also soothing enough to turn down and have as background music. It is definitely a classical and venerable Chinese instrument being played here, but it goes in some very other-worldly and futuristic directions....joyously.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One track sounds like something from Star Trek! Overall, great music to listen to on road trips.Published 12 months ago by Jerry H.
This is new age techno music mostly, not traditional pipa music.
If that's what you like, ok, but I don't.
I probably bought this item for the wrong reasons. I saw the artist some time ago on a PBS program and was amazed with her music on the pipa. Read morePublished on January 21, 2013 by PWS
I love the sound of the pipa, beautiful music. Though each track sounds like the one before.Published on November 3, 2010 by TinkLuvr1975
Saw Wu Man on Public TV and was amazed. Had no idea what a Pipa was. She is my musical find of the year and this is an amazing performance. Only wish this CD was a DVD. Read morePublished on January 4, 2010 by D. Hess
I am not as wordy as my before reviewers.. I can be...but I would go on forever. So..."Wu Man, you are too much..my cup is OVER filled with you..Wu.. Read morePublished on August 17, 2007 by John B. Toledo
Just can't praise this CD too highly.
I usually stick with classical music (Mozart, Stamitz etc) but this CD,has opened up a whole new dimension. Read more