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Chinese Dulcimer (Yangqin) November 3, 2009


Saturday, November 7, 2009                                   

                  2 p.m. – 3 p.m.                                                     

Music from around the world will be played on the Chinese dulcimer,  called Yangqin, by Junko Aono with clarinet accompaniment. 

Yangqin is a traditional instrument that originated in Persia (Iran).  It has over 100 strings, which range over  four octaves.  The strings are struck with thin bamboo rods that have rubber tips on one end.  When struck with the rubber tipped end of the rod, a soft sound is made .  When the strings are struck with the other end of the rod without the rubber tip, a crisper sound is made that is similar to other dulcimers.  Yangqin also can be played by plucking with the end of the rod to create glissandos. 

Junko Aono is a native Japanese artist, who learned Yangqin when she was studying at Waseda University in Japan.  Junko released her first CD, “Fantasy of Silk Road” in 1993.  She has performed in both solo and group concerts.


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