Music of China

Ensemble

Music of China

Course Information:
ETHNMUS 68A, 68B, 68C, 168A, 168B, 168C

Director:
Li Chi

The Music of China Ensemble  performs arias from Kun opera of the 15th century, silk-and-bamboo music from the Shanghai area, folk dances for festive celebration, zheng zither music in the Keijia style from Canton Province, music for large percussion ensemble, and modern compositions for an ensemble of traditional Chinese wind and string instruments. Instructor Li Chi teaches group lessons in all the major Chinese instruments, the most popular of which are the erhu (2-string fiddle), zheng (bridged zither), dizi (flute), yangquin (hammered dulcimer), pipa (4-stringed plucked lute) and ruan (4-stringed plucked lute with a round body). Professor Li occasionally teaches less popular instruments such as the sanxian (3-stringed plucked lute) and qin (7-stringed bridgeless zither) to a small number of interested students.

Sounds of Schoenberg: The Chinese dizi
READ: Rose Boomsma, a graduate student in ethnomusicology, has spent the past three years learning how to play the dizi as part of the Chinese ensemble and accompanist to the main singer in “kunqu,” the Chinese opera, at UCLA.
Family of Tsun Yuen Lui creates $20,000 Scholarship Fund
The Tsun Yuen Lui Memorial Scholarship Fund, in the amount of $20,000.00, will support scholarships and fellowships for ethnomusicology undergraduate and graduate students.
Sounds of Schoenberg: The Chinese erhu
READ: “With instruments, if you don’t spend enough time on one, you cannot be as good."