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Tuning into tradition

Updated: 2022-11-30 08:16 ( China Daily )
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Musicians perform a piece inspired by Qu Yuan of the Warring States Period (475-221 BC) in a video released in June, marking the Dragon Boat Festival that is to commemorate the poet.[Photo provided to China Daily]

So far, 125 videos have been released, taking audiences to more Chinese cities, such as Changsha in Hunan province, Luoyang in Henan province and Xiamen in Fujian province. The series of Crazy Folk videos has featured more than 200 Chinese musicians from over 20 Chinese cities.

Besides the erhu, guzheng and pipa, the videos also feature some rarely seen traditional instruments, such as xun. This is a type of wind instrument and one of the oldest musical instruments discovered in China, with a history stretching back more than 7,000 years. And the video also features ruan, a plucked stringed instrument dating back to the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC).

They performed as ensembles and covered pop songs, such as Mohe Ballroom, originally performed and written by singersongwriter Liu Shuang; Somewhere in Time, originally written and performed by Accusefive, a pop-rock band from Taiwan; and Dao Xiang (Fragrant Rice), originally performed and written by Taiwan pop star Jay Chou.

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