Pipa is the first plucked instrument and the stringed instrument which has a history of more than 2,000 years. Made of wood or bamboo, Pipas speaker is in the shape of a half pear, with four strings on it, which was originally made of silk thread and now made of steel wire, steel rope and nylon.
The earliest instrument known as "琵琶" appeared in the Qin Dynasty of China. The word "珏" in the word "琵琶" means "two jade touches each other and makes a pleasant sound", indicating that this is an instrument that sounds by touching the strings.
Pipa, through different ways of playing, showing the sounds of different things, the emotions of different people and the atmosphere they feel in different environments. The "confess" is the most common expression technique. Whether it is a literary, martial, new or concerto, "confess" will always appears in them.
"My name is Meishan Wan and I was born on October 28, 1998 in Qingdao, Shandong, China. I started to learn piano at the age of 4, and started to learn Pipa at the age of 9 and started to learn Guqin at the age of 14. Pipa is also one of my favourite instruments, not only because of its particularity in my mind, but also because it is a hard and memorable experience to me.
"The first encounter with Pipa was through the folk music group of my elementary school. At that time, I just wanted to go to school with a mentality of just playing and watching. But when I really touched this instrument, I found it really not as easy as I thought. If the difficulty of learning the piano is 5, learning Pipa is 8 in my mind. I haven't made any progress after two years of playing in elementary school. After graduating from elementary school, I re-appreciate and started to take it back to my life. After three years of hard work, I finally completed the certification of Level 10 in Pipa. After that, I began to practice as an interest. When I was free, I picked up my Pipa, and my heart was very fulfilling and satisfying."
The purpose of this performance is to share this traditional Chinese instrument culture with Kingstons community. At the same time, we would like to celebrate the arrival of the Spring Festival, Happy Chinese New Year!
All the profit we earned from this recital will be donated to the local charity organizations.
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