Gao Hong creates traditional music for an imaginary nation: a jazzed-up country that is part Chinese, Japanese, Indian, and southern California. As you might imagine, it's a nation where everyone gets along quite nicely and the food rocks.
The leader of this new country would be Gao Hong; she plays the pipa, (pronounced PEE pah) a four-stringed pear-shaped lute, that can play a huge variety of sounds. She is a master performer of this instrument, a native of China, and a familiar face on the international concert scene. She has brought along some amazing friends to help build this sound: India's legendary Shubhendra Rao, percussionist/tabla magician Ty Burhoe, flute virtuoso James Newton, and Japanese master shakuhachi player Yoshio Kurahashi. If you don't know these names, well, they are a dream-team.
The music within the disc is some of the most innovative world music of the last 10 years.
PEOPLE'S MUSIC BEIJING
...like the famous Luoyang peony, she has gradually emerged as the best of all beautiful flowers...her performance has extremely strong artistic appeal and belongs under the category of fine wine...the more you listen, the more beautiful it gets.
...truly a joy and a wonder. When she begins to play, one immediately senses the presence of a very special performer.
Loved it. - Ravi Shankar