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Wu Man

p, voc, *1963 CN, Hangzhou
Musician / Composer of Classical and World
A.k.a. 吴蛮

Wu Man (1963, Hangzhou, Zhejiang) is a Chinese pipa and ruan player and composer. She is an exponent of the Pudong School of pipa playing. Wu Man studied at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, where her instructors included Lin Shicheng, Kuang Yuzhong, Chen Zemin, and Liu Dehai. She became the first recipient of a master's degree in pipa and won the first prize in the 1989 National Music Performance Competition. Although educated in China, Wu came to the United States in 1990 at the age of 25. She lived in Boston for many years and now lives in San Diego, California with her husband and son. Wu performs with Chinese traditional music groups but is also known for her interpretation of contemporary compositions, as well as her work in jazz and cross-cultural music. Many composers (including Terry Riley, Philip Glass, Lou Harrison, Tan Dun, Bright Sheng, Chen Yi, Zhou Long, Gabriela Lena Frank, Bun-Ching Lam, Evan Ziporyn, among others) have composed new works for her. Wu has performed and recorded with the Kronos Quartet, Henry Threadgill, Liu Sola, Martin Simpson, and Yo-Yo Ma's The Silk Road Ensemble.

  • Piano
  • Vocals
  • Percussion
  • Cowbell
  • Classical
  • World
  • Folk
  • Jazz
Popular Tracks   
In C on In C by Terry Riley & Bang On A Can All-Stars
Waltz (Face of Another) on Tan Dun: Pipa Concerto - Hayashi: Viola Concerto - Takemitsu: Nostalghia by Yuri Bashmet & Wu Man
White Snow In A Sunny Spring on Wu Man And Friends by Wu Man
One More Day on Music for the Motherless Child by Martin Simpson & Wu Man
Dives and Lazarus on Music for the Motherless Child by Martin Simpson & Wu Man
White Snow in Spring on Music for the Motherless Child by Martin Simpson & Wu Man
A-Minor Blues on Music for the Motherless Child by Martin Simpson & Wu Man
Do You Hear What I Hear on The Knights Before Christmas by The Knights, Eric Jacobsen & Christina Courtin
Concerto for String Orchestra & Pipa: II. Allegro on Tan Dun: Pipa Concerto - Hayashi: Viola Concerto - Takemitsu: Nostalghia by Yuri Bashmet & Wu Man
Night Rider on Wu Man And Friends by Wu Man

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Band Members

Title Artist Year Type
BorderlandsWu Man2011Album
Tiny Desk ConcertWu Man2011Album
Immeasurable LightWu Man2010Album
Traditions And Transformations - Sound Of Silk Road ChicagoThe Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Silk Road Ensemble, Yo-Yo Ma, Wu Man, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Alan Gilbert2008Album
Tan Dun: Pipa Concerto • Hayashi: Viola Concerto • Takemitsu: NostalghiaTan Dun, Hikaru Hayashi, Toru Takemitsu, Wu Man, Yuri Bashmet, Moscow Soloists2008Album
The Cusp Of MagicKronos Quartet And Wu Man - Terry Riley2008Album
Graphic EvidenceJason Hwang, Francis Wong, Tatsu Aoki + Special Guest Wu Man2006Album
For StringsLou Harrison / Wu Man, The New Professionals Orchestra, Rebecca Miller2004Album
Pipa: From A DistanceWu Man2003Album
Silent TempleBright Sheng - Shanghai Quartet, Wu Man2002Album
Aki No Yugure (Autumn Dusk)Yoshio Kurahashi With Wu Man2001Album
Spring SnowfallWu Man, Liu Sola2000Album
Chinese Traditional & Contemporary Music For Pipa And EnsembleWu Man2000Compil.
Ghost OperaKronos Quartet, Wu Man - Tan Dun1997Album
China CollageLiu Sola & Wu Man1996Album
Music For The Motherless ChildMartin Simpson, Wu Man1996Album
Chinese Music For The PipaWu Man1993Album
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