SOAS University of London

Department of Music, School of Arts

3. Wubangzi

Dizi with sheng, erhu, pipa and bangzi.

A popular folk instrumental qupai (labelled melody, or tune family) adopted from a local theatre genre found in northeastern China. In rural China, the music is often used for hongshi celebrations, occasions to celebrate weddings, birthdays, and festivals.

Wubangzi is a set of variations in contrasting tempo and dynamic, using different breathing and embouchure techniques on the bamboo flute to reflect the richness of local culture.