Episode #2464

Bamboo, Silk and Stone

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Saturday, September 29, 2007

There’s new music for the zither from Korea, Japan, and China on this edition of New Sounds, with works by Mei Han & Barry Truax, David Bowie, and Korean-American komungo (Korean fourth century fretted board zither) virtuoso Jin Hi Kim. Mei Han studied Chinese classical zither, but has since moved to Canada and experimented with everything from free improvisation to computer music. We’ll hear her performing John Oliver’s beautifully bluesy Purple Lotus Bud, for zheng and string quartet; and Bamboo, Silk and Stone, written by Raine-Reusch and electroacoustic pioneer Barry Truax in 1987. Plus, Chinese pipa player Wu Man picks up the zhong ruan (a plucked string instrument from the Qin Daynasty circa 200 BC), teaming up with the Kronos Quartet on Lachrimae Antiquae, from the 1997 release called “Early Music.” And much more.

PROGRAM # 2464 New music For Asian Strings (First aired on Tues. 10/18/05)





Mei Han

Outside The Wall

Barry Truax: Bamboo, Silk and Stone [9:30]

Za Discs #12

David Bowie (w/Brian Eno)


Moss Garden [5:00]

Virgin #21908 Available at*

Jin Hi Kim


Dance of Meditation [6:30]

Oo Discs #70

Kronos Quartet (w/Wu Man)

Early Music

John Dowland: Lachrymae Antiquae [4:00]

Nonesuch 79457** * Try*

Mei Han (w/Borealis Quartet)

Outside the Wall

Purple Lotus Bud [16:30]

See above.

Kazue Sawai Koto Ensemble

Live, WNYC, 5/8/90

Tadao Sawai: Homura, excerpt [6:00]

Not recorded commercially. Other Kazue Sawai recordings have been released only in Japan.

Find the recordings you've heard - go to the New Sounds Recordings Information page

Comments [2]

Jessica Potter-Slider from new jersey

I would like to 'second' all comments made by James about podcasts. I will soon be relocating to AZ and will miss this show more than any other,,,,,

Sep. 29 2007 07:01 PM
James from NYC

Why no podcast? I need to go to bed earlier these days, and the only way for me to hear the show is to become sleep deprived. I love this show, but with not podcast, I almost never have an opportunity to hear it. I see that there are archives, but they use some technological restrictions to keep me from downloading the mp3. It's not practical for me to to play these shows on the computer, or to be expected to stream them. What's the difference if I can hear it for free to WNYC? The difference to me is that it's a pain in the ass and my options are limited. I still donate every year to the station, and I can still download any Leonard Lopate show to listen to on an airplane for example. Please remove these unnecessary and artificial limitations to access to a great show. I just want to listen.

Sep. 29 2007 10:13 AM

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