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Wu Man and the Huayin Shadow Puppet Band

Pipa virtuosa Wu Man joins the Zhang Family Band for performances of old-tune traditional music with shadow puppetry at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix!

Wu Man, a Grammy-nominated musician and Musical America’s 2013 Instrumentalist of the Year

Wu Man joins the Zhang Family Band for performances of old-tune traditional music with shadow puppetry, a practice that occurs mainly in Shaanxi Province, particularly in a small village at the foot of Mount Hua near the city of Huayin.

The music is often performed by a solo singer supported by a combination of singers from the whole band. In addition to vocals, the main instruments are the yueqin, banhu, erhu, and percussion, including clappers, small gongs, and cymbals around a large gong.

Recognized as the world’s premier pipa virtuosa and leading ambassador of Chinese music, Grammy-nominated musician Wu Man has carved out a career as a soloist, educator, and composer, giving her lute-like instrument―which has a history of over two thousand years in China―a new role in both traditional and contemporary music.

Through numerous concert tours, Wu Man has premiered hundreds of new works for the pipa, while spearheading multimedia projects to both preserve and create awareness of China’s ancient musical traditions. Her adventurous spirit and virtuosity have led to collaborations across artistic disciplines, allowing Wu Man to reach wider audiences as she works to break through cultural and musical borders.

Wu Man’s efforts were recognized when she was named Musical America’s 2013 Instrumentalist of the Year, marking the first time this prestigious award has been bestowed on a player of a non-Western instrument.

Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) Music Theater

Instruments come to life in the magnificently designed Music Theater, a state-of-the-art venue for all types of music. Performers from around the world take audiences on a journey to different lands in an intimate and acoustically superb setting. From the African kora and the classical violin, to jazz, rock and roll, and gospel, the world’s musicians are equally at home on MIM’s stage. A thriving destination for music, the MIM Music Theater is the region’s musical passport. “This Theater and this Museum are second to none.” Allen Bailey, Founder, Harlem Gospel Choir.

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About the MIM Museum

Experience music as never before at the world’s only global musical instrument museum. “I am supremely inspired and overwhelmed by MIM.” – Carlos Santana Music comes from deep in the heart. In every country, in every culture, it gives voice to the human spirit, expressing both joys and sorrows in a common language that knows no borders.

Until now, no museum has celebrated this rich diversity of music in one place. The Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, Arizona is a museum like no other. Founded to bring together the world’s music on a scale never seen before, it inspires visitors through its extensive displays and immersive experience. MIM is dedicated to preserving, protecting, and sharing musical instruments and music from every country in the world.

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