CERRITOS, CA – In Ancient Dances, Wu Man fills the stage of the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts (CCPA) on Saturday, April 12, 8:00 PM with soothing melodies from the pipa, a lute-like Chinese instrument that dates back more than 2,000 years. Tickets are on sale at the CCPA Ticket Office by calling (562) 467-8818, or at
. Ticket prices range from $35-$20.
WU MAN, cited by the Los Angeles Times as “the artist most responsible for bringing the pipa to the Western World,” emigrated to the U.S. from China in 1990 and is considered by many of today’s prominent composers – including Terry Riley, Philip Glass, Lou Harrison, Tan Dun, and Bright Sheng – as a foremost proponent of both traditional and Contemporary pipa repertoire.
, Man’s collaborative multimedia production with composer Chen Yi and videographer Catherine Owens, is a mesmerizing exploration of two venerable Chinese traditions: calligraphy and pipa music. Internationally renowned virtuoso Man premiered the piece at Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, followed by a performance at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall in New York, and several other well-received concerts throughout the United States.
Brought up in the Pudong School of pipa playing, one of the most esteemed classical styles of Imperial China, Man graduated from the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, where she was the first to receive a master’s degree in pipa playing. She won the top prize in China’s first National Music Performance Competition. As the first musician from China to perform at the White House, Man has inspired dozens of concerto compositions and Chamber works by a new generation of Chinese composers. In 1999, noted cellist Yo-Yo Ma honored her with the “City of Toronto Glenn Gould Protégé Prize” in music and communication. She continues to perform with Ma on his Silk Road Project, a nonprofit arts-and-cultural organization that Ma founded in 1998 with the mission of promoting a cultural exchange of ideas through the arts and uniting entertainers and audiences around the globe. With the Silk Road Project, Man has performed in concerts throughout the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Extensive touring has taken her to major music halls of the world, including New York’s Lincoln Center, Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, and the Great Hall in Moscow. Touring has given her ample opportunities to work with icons such as violist Yuri Bashmet, violinist Cho-liang Lin, conductors Esa-Pekka Salonen and Michael Stern, and the groundbreaking Kronos Quartet. Man has proven she can hold her own on stage, performing solo with the world’s most celebrated orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, and the Austrian Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Man has released several albums, including Wu Man – Pipa From a Distance, Chinese Music for the Pipa, Chinese Traditional & Contemporary Music for Pipa & Ensemble, and a recording of Grammy-winning composer-conductor Dun’s Ghost Opera with the acclaimed Kronos Quartet. On the recent Wu Man and Friends album, which celebrates the variety of the world’s plucked instruments, she performs with musicians from Uganda, Ukraine, and the southern Appalachian Mountains. In 2005, Nonesuch Records released You’ve Stolen My Heart, a recording with Man, singer Asha Bhosle, and the Kronos Quartet paying homage to Rahul Dev Burman, a composer of classic Bollywood songs. The album was nominated for a Grammy for “Best Contemporary World Music Album” in 2006. A Bunting Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study at Harvard University, Man has key projects in the works for Nonesuch, including a recording of Riley’s Cusp of Magic with the Kronos Quartet, and an album of world music and traditional and Contemporary pipa repertoire.
Tickets are now on sale to experience Man live at the CCPA. For tickets or more information, call (562) 467-8818 or go to
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