Pipa Potluck

Pipa Potluck

Lutes Around the World
Gao Hong
Yair Dalal
George Kahumoku Jr
Jamil Bey Tambouri
Alison Brown
Bassam Saba
Darol Anger
Jeffrey Van
Gao Hong
George Kahumoku Jr
Alison Brown
Matt Combs
Garry West
Yair Dalal
Bassam Saba
Dror Sinai
April Centrone
Jeffrey Van
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acoustic guitar

Northfield, MN

Release Date: 
Apr 28, 2015
Liner Notes: 
1 CD
Pipa Potluck: Lutes Around the WorldiTunes Artist's PageiTunes Album Page
Song TitleTimePrice
1.Cluck Old Hen02:52$0.99
3.Golden Season07:50$0.99
4.Mosquito Song03:59$0.99
5.Sally Johnson03:00$0.99
6.The Source of the Spring Water05:33$0.99
7.Longa Nahawand07:14$0.99
8.Green Willow Tree06:11$0.99
9.Lutes Around the World08:17$0.99
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When pipa player and composer Gao Hong has a potluck, the guests include a couple Grammy winners, one of the nation’s foremost authorities on Arabic music, and a healthy helping of string instruments. Featuring two original compositions by Gao and collaborations on both new and traditional songs, Pipa Potluck stirs up a warm and nourishing multicultural meal on pipa, banjo, fiddle, slack key guitar, oud, and not forgetting regular guitar.

Recorded half in the studio and half at a live concert in Saint Paul at St. Catherine’s University, Pipa Potluck could be looked at as a series of courses, but also conversations. The flavors and languages comingle with all their identities intact, giving a warm sense that yes, we can all get along on this planet. On “Cluck Old Hen,” “Sally Johnson” and Gao’s own “Green Willow Tree,” she finds common ground with Grammy-winning banjoist Alison Brown, fiddle player Matt Combs and bassist Garry West. The interplay between pipa and the slack key guitar of 4-time Grammy-winner George Kahumoku, Jr. stand out on “Mosquito Song” and “The Source of the Spring Water.” The Middle Eastern oud appears twice, played by Yair Dalal on “Friendship” and Bassam Saba on “Longa Nahawand.” And on the appropriately titled “Lutes Around the World,” the voices of the pipa, the banjo, the oud, the slack key guitar and all the guests come together to close the album out.

Gao began her career as a professional musician at age 12. She graduated from the Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing, where she studied with the great Lin Shicheng. In both China and the U.S. Gao has received numerous top awards and honors. She is the only musician in any genre to win four McKnight Fellowships for Performing Musicians and was the first musician to win a Bush Fellowship for Traditional and Folk Arts. Gao has performed throughout Europe, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, China, and the U.S. in solo concerts and with symphony orchestras, jazz musicians, and musicians from other cultures.
As a composer, she has received commissions from the American Composers Forum, Walker Art Center, the Jerome Foundation, Zeitgeist, Ragamala, Theater Mu, Minneapolis Guitar Quartet, Lars Hannibal, and Twin Cities Public TV. She is currently on the music faculty of Carleton College where she teaches Chinese instruments and directs the Chinese music ensemble and is a Guest Professor at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing.


"The interplay between Gao Hong and the other musicians is impeccable, evidencing an intimate personal connection and, crucially, an overriding sense of joy. ... There are no weak moments, as each of the collaborators brings remarkable sensitivity and taste and it is a credit to Hong's range as an instrumentalist that she can shift between styles with such apparent effortlessness." (4 out of 5 stars)
Charlie Cawood