A blog about my experience growing up with both Taiwanese and African heritage, and my love for classic Chinese music,arts and culture.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

The magnificent Twelve Girls Band of China......


Hailing from the People’s Republic of China, the Twelve Girls Band can only be described as a real treat, these women all in their twenties, are all seasoned musicians and are all veterans of the People's Republic of China's top orchestras.the women were inspired by the art of the Yue Fang, the female ensembles made out of twelve young women that played in the royal courts of the Tang Dynasty in the 13th century.
Those same string instruments and flutes are used today by China’s foremost world music ensemble, 12 Girls Band.






12 Girls Band, which is actually comprised of thirteen female musicians (so there is always a substitute ready to perform), were formed in 2001 after extensive auditions. More than 4000 contestants, all studying music at the most prestigious schools in China, were finally narrowed down to the current group. Their debut, "Beautiful Energy," was released in Japan in 2003, and the group still holds the record for the highest sales of any Chinese musical artist in that country, with nearly two million copies sold.
What an amazing group of beautiful young Chinese musicians. They play everything from traditional folk songs, to pop chart favorites, all on ancient Chinese instruments.

1 comment:

Steve4nLanguage said...

Thanks for the kinds words. Sunday I'm meeting a friend in Taipei and we're going to go exploring. That should help clear my head.

By the way, happy belated birthday to your little one. Man, she's gonna be a heart-breaker one day, lol.