by Mike Telin
Making his first Northeast Ohio appearance, the internationally renowned Chinese multi-instrument virtuoso Guo Yazhi will present a colorful showcase concert at Hiram College’s Frohring Recital Hall on Sunday, March 2, 2014 at 3:00 pm.
During Sunday’s concert Guo will play more than ten different traditional Chinese wind instruments, including the xun (an ancient clay ocarina dating back 7,000 years), the guanzi and shuangguan (single and double oboes with clarinet-like tone) and various sizes of suona (a shawm with metal bell).
During some of the musical selections Guo will be accompanied by the Cleveland Chinese Music Ensemble, David Badagnani, director, performing on the dizi (bamboo flute), sheng (mouth organ), erhu (fiddle), pipa and yueqin (lutes), drums, gongs, and other percussion. The program is sponsored by the Music Department and the Hiram Community Trust.
Born in 1966 in Shanxi province in northern China, Guo Yazhi is China’s premier performer of the suona, also playing nearly 30 other musical instruments. [Read more…]