Humble but Beautiful: the Sheng

Yang Yong China Plus Published: 2019-02-26 16:22:32
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The preeminent sheng musician, Wu Tong. [Photo courtesy of Wu Tong Studio]

The preeminent sheng musician, Wu Tong. [Photo Courtesy of Wu Tong Studio]

The sheng is a multi-reed mouth organ that consists of numerous bamboo pipes, varying in length. Some believe that the first shengs were brought to Europe in the 18th century, and enlightened the invention of western reed instruments. In this episode, you will hear heartwarming sounds and music from the infamous sheng master, Wu Tong. He will lead us on a journey toward an enlighten ed understanding of not only the sheng’s history but also its uniqueness as an instrument of China’s ancient royalty.

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