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Above The Basement is a Boston based podcast hosted by Chuck Clough and Ronnie Hirschberg that features casual and candid discussions with local, national and international musicians, artists, producers and others from Boston and beyond. The conversations offer experiences from those shaping our music community and for whom music is a passion. You hear their stories, hardships faced and overcome...and why they love what they do. While music is the common thread, Above The Basement has evolved into conversations that harness human interest, culture and community, bridging into discussions about health, science, education and other aspects of life.
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Apr 4, 2018

Internationally acclaimed soloist, composer and educator, Wu Man is a master of the Pipa, an instrument that dates back almost 2000 years. Wu Man co-founded The Silkroad Project with Yo-Yo Ma and has collaborated with many illustrious composers including Phillip Glass, Tan Dun and Terry Riley and has written for The Kronos Quartet.

In 1998 she was awarded The Bunting Fellowship at Harvard University and was the first Chinese traditional musician to receive The United States Artist Fellowship in 2008.

We caught up with her on tour with the Huayin Shadow Puppet Band at New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall and had a wonderful talk about Silkroad, the challenges of composing for different instruments and her association with Boston.

Song List:

Song 1: White Snow in a Sunny Spring (Wu Man and Friends)
Song 2: Sound of a Voice Suite (Wu Man/Phillip Glass - Theater Music Vol. 1)
Song 3: Four Chinese Paintings - Gobi Desert at Sunset
Composed by Wu Man on pipa, arranged for string quartet by Danny Clay © 2016 Kronos Arts Publishing ℗ 2016 Kronos Performing Arts Association
Commissioned for Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire Produced by Kronos Quartet
Recorded December 2015 at Women's Audio Mission, San Francisco, CA
Engineered by Laura Dean and Terri Winston/Women's Audio Mission Assistant Engineers: Aimee Hamel, Maryam Qudus, Hayley Baysinger, Erin Baumann

Song 4: Huayin Shadow Puppet Band performance excerpt

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