王菲 Wang Fei is an international award winning artist, published writer, and accomplished musician who has toured internationally.
Wang Fei was professionally trained in literature, music and art since childhood and studied with several masters in these fields. Not only is she one of the few scholars who have truly mastered the qin and who can bring qin music to a wider audience, she is also one of the few qin performers who still maintain the qin in the traditional way as a scholarly art. Her elegant, graceful and peaceful style brings to her audiences the feeling of reading poems and enjoying Chinese landscape painting when they listen to her qin playing.
Wang Fei began her study of the guqin under Professor Li Xiangting at the Central Conservatory of Music in China in 1985. Master Li Xiangting regards Wang Fei as one of the most promising students he has ever had the opportunity to teach among his more than 500 students around the world.
The 古琴 guqin , a seven-stringed zither, is China 's oldest stringed instrument, with a history of some 3000 years. It has always been viewed as a symbol of Chinese high culture and the instrument most expressive of the essence of Chinese music. In Imperial China, a well educated scholar was expected to be skilled in four arts: qin (the guqin), qi (the game of Go), shu (calligraphy) and hua (painting). It became part of a tradition cultivated by the Chinese literati, and an instrument associated with philosophers, sages, and emperors.
Without Ulterior Motives(Oulu Wangji)
This 300 year-old piece takes as its theme a tale from a collection of fables known as Liezi. The story tells of a fisherman at sea. The seagulls gathered around his boat but he had no though of hunting the birds. When he told his wife, she suggested he kill some of them and bring them home. However, as
soon as he thought of hunting the birds, they no longer came to his boat. The moral of the story is that unless you forsake such schemes, there will be no harmony and no pleasure from nature.
This experimental DVD make you" to listen, to watch and to feel" a comprehensive and diversity way to enjoy qin music. As both professional qin player and multimedia producer, Wang Fei thinks that guqin music is so rich and contains so many aspects of Chinese culture, using multimedia formatting can help people understand qin music better. This video Wang Fei produced with Les Stuck, a very talent musician.
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