Yuanxing 元興

Yuanxing – 元興


Yuanxing, artist of traditional Chinese instruments (Gugin, Xiao), interprets covers, traditional songs and original compositions, alone or accompanied by his pianist.

Through the Xiao 簫 (Chinese bamboo flute notch), Guqin 古琴 (traditional string instrument) and Le xun 埙 (terracotta flute), it will give you a taste for Chinese music.

The Guqin 古琴 is an instrument that plays with the coordination of both hands, whose gestures are indicated by the notation. The right hand must pinch the rope while the left hand mark the notes. The Gugin has seven strings that signify the five elements: metal, wood, water, earth, fire, air. The last two strings being added by two famous kings of China King Wen and King Wu.

The Xiao 簫 would be the ancestor of Japanese shakuhachi 日本 尺八. This flute was formerly called shùdí (竖笛 / 豎笛, “vertical bamboo flute”). The variant dongxiao (洞箫, dòngxiāo) is one of the instruments of the Nanyin Minnan culture peoples, a music classified by UNESCO as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. It has a register and its timbre are quite close to those of the flute. The Xiao has 8 holes, so it can play easily on a diatonic range with some alterations, the chromatic play requiring the use of half-covered holes.

The xun 埙 is a very ancient Chinese instrument, whose origin dates back to 7000 years. It is a globular terracotta flute, whose musician plays by blowing on an open hole (mouth), unlike the European ocarina where the game is done by blowing in a pipe, as for the flute. beak. Generally pierced with nine holes, the xun has a very soft and not very powerful, promoting an intimate game usually solo.
In China it is said that xun’s music represents the beginning of autumn.


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