Zhou Yi- Chinese Traditional and Folk Music
Zhou Yi is a pipa (a Chinese plucked string instrument) soloist, educator, and artistic director of the Ba Ban Chinese Music Society of NY. Graduated from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music in China, she was praised for her “breathtaking” meticulous technique and expressiveness by The Washington Post.
Zhou Yi is a teaching artist at Flushing Town Hall and she lectures in Queens and Brooklyn public libraries; performing musical demonstrations for students in grades 1-5. Her private students earned top scores in a number of musical arts programs and have been awarded in televised talent shows. Zhou Yi has taught at Carnegie Hallʼs Music Explorer educational program, the China Institute in America’s music program, and with the China National Traditional Orchestraʼs U.S. tour.
Zhou Yi has performed with the Young Peopleʼs Concert with the New York Philharmonic, with the Ohio Youngstown Symphony Orchestra, as well as for international concert halls and at Flushing Town Hall.
ASSEMBLY, WORKSHOP, AND RESIDENCY DESCRIPTION
Chinese Traditional and Folk Music Assembly In Person, Virtual
Chinese music represents thousands of years of history. From bamboo flutes to silk stringed zithers and lutes; from ancient music along the northern Silk Road to modern pop in southern cities, award-winning pipa virtuoso Zhou Yi and dizi (a Chinese transverse flute) soloist Yimin Miao take young audiences on a musical odyssey to explore the relationships between music, language, history, culture, and Eastern philosophy. This entertaining, informative and interactive assembly can be offered virtually or on-site.
The live virtual program includes a mix of pre-recorded footage, PowerPoint slides, live demonstration and performance, as well as a live Q&A. Students will have a chance to make simple Chinese percussion instruments from household items.
The in-person program encourages students to try Chinese instruments and percussion with the musicians on stage. A short question-answer period will follow.
Chinese Traditional and Folk Music Workshop/Residency In Person, Virtual
This interactive program explores the relationship between Chinese music, language, history, and culture. Students will create their own simple version of Chinese stringed and percussion instruments by using a variety of tools and materials. Students are also encouraged to interact with the instruments to express their feelings; create their own music or collaborate as a team. This program can be developed into a 10-week residency. Can be bilingual, English or Mandarin. For all ages!
Chinese Traditional and Folk Music Lecture Demonstration In Person, Virtual
Chinese music is used in religious ceremonies, announcements, dance, for entertainment, and to communicate with nature. Traditional scholars were also master musicians. In Chinese philosophy, the character for “music” shares the same shape for “happiness.” It contains the symbol of “medicine” to indicate that music has healing powers. Through the demonstration of iconic Chinese instruments, this lecture discusses notations, scales, and phrase structures; music history and its major schools, different styles/regions/periods; and the relationship between music and art. A short question-answer will follow. For college level.