Chinese Cultural Heritage: Art of the Guqin Concert by Wang Fei



The North American Guqin Association and the San Francisco Public Library will co-present an exciting Chinese Cultural Heritage concert: "Art of the Guqin" on Saturday May 17th at 3:00 pm at the San Francisco Public Library, Ortega Branch.


Renowned guqin performer, 2014 Library of Congress, American Folklife Center Henry Reed Award recipient  Wang Fei will guide us on a special musical journey, and introduce Chinese culture and music ranging from various past dynasties through to the present day. Performing guqin masterpieces ranging from the world's oldest surviving written music, 1400 years old, to newly composed guqin works and improvisation, she will also share the legends and folktales behind the music and use her own commentary and insights to bring ancient works to life.  See her guqin music YouTube channel at or visit her web site at

See Wednesday 5/14 Examiner preview article and video, Chinese Cultural Heritage: Art of the Guqin Concert

This concert will be featured at the United States of Asian America Festival 2014. It is sponsored by The Alliance for California Traditional Arts, Library of Congress, American Folklife Center, Jay Clemens: SVP of Lenovo, Lenovo Employees Care, Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center, Chinese musical specialist, Chinese Culture Net and friends of the North American Guqin Association.

The program is free to the public but space is limited. Please see details of the event and RSVP here:

2014 NAGA 4 days Summer Intensive Workshop starts 7/5, please see details and enroll here now.


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===About the Artist Wang Fei===

Wang Fei is a guqin (also called qin) performer, educator and scholar. She is the founder and director of the North American Guqin Association (NAGA), and a council member of the China Guqin Committee. She is one of the youngest members and examiners of the Qualifications Committee for the national guqin grading examination in China.

Wang Fei began her study of the guqin under one of the greatest living masters, Professor Li Xiangting, at the Central Conservatory of Music in China in 1985. She has won several awards in the field of Chinese music, including first place in the Chinese College Student Art Contest in 1989. She has given a number of performances and concerts throughout the world, especially in China, the United States, and Japan. She has given numerous speeches, workshops, demonstrations and seminars on the guqin for the general public international. She frequently gives lectures for prestigious universities such as Stanford, UC Berkeley, UCLA, UCSB and USSC.

Not only is she one of the few scholars who have truly mastered the guqin and can bring its music to a wider audience, she is also one of the few guqin performers who still approach the guqin in the traditional way as a scholarly art. Her music was included in an American textbook and CD on geography and music in 2003 to represent Chinese music.

As well as being a first-rate performer of the guqin, she also promotes its culture by organizing guqin-related events, such as conferences and yajis (elegant gatherings comparable to French Salons). She has written many articles introducing the guqin to the general public. In recognition of her achievements in cultural exchange between China and other countries, she was made an Honorary Citizen of the City of Baltimore in 1993 and a Daughter of the City of Maoka, Japan in 1995. She has been written about and interviewed by over a hundred journalists. Her biographical profile was included in the Chinese version of "World Who's Who" in 1998 and in "World Class Chinese Intellectuals in the Musical and Artistic Fields" vol. 5.

Wang Fei is also a well-known author in China, and an international award-winning digital artist. She and her two sisters have been called the Chinese Brontë Sisters. Their book "Three Sisters' Skies and Dreams" was a bestseller in Beijing in 1997.

For more information or to listen to her guqin music online, please visit her web site at

===About the Guqin===
The guqin, a seven-stringed zither, is China's oldest stringed instrument, with a documented history of about 3,000 years. It became part of a tradition cultivated by Chinese scholars and literati since the time of Confucius. The guqin came to be viewed as one of the "Four Evils" and was the only musical instrument to be banned during the Cultural Revolution. As a result, the practice of playing the guqin, and the instrument itself, became endangered.

In 2003, UNESCO declared the art of the guqin a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. In 1977, a gold disk was placed on board the U.S. spacecraft "Voyager" to introduce the music of our planet to the rest of the universe. The guqin piece "Flowing Water" was included to represent Chinese music.

===About NAGA===

The North American Guqin Association (NAGA) is a nonprofit cultural arts organization dedicated to the public presentation and preservation of the art of the guqin, spreading community appreciation of Chinese culture through the traditional art of the guqin and building a bridge for cultural exchange and mutual understanding between the Chinese and American communities. NAGA offers guqin classes, performances, recordings, workshops etc.

Support the art of the guqin and NAGA's future works, you can get involved and support us as follows:

1.     Become a NAGA donor. As a small organization, we appreciate your contribution from the bottom of our heart, and 100% of your donation will go towards our programs. We will give you updates on the progress of our projects, and invite you to participate as a VIP in our work in progress, and in our public and private events, and your name will be acknowledged on our web site, our program notes, our flyers, our newsletter and our products as much as we can, depending on the level of your donation. A large non-profit organization might not recognize your contribution as we do. This is IRS tax-deductible to the extent provided by law.


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Sat, May 17, 2014, 03:00 PM   Start
Sat, May 17, 2014, 04:30 PM   End
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San Francisco Public Library Ortega Branch
3223 Ortega St, San Francisco, CA 94122
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  • When: 17 May 2014, 03:00 PM to 17 May 2014, 04:30 PM. Where: San Francisco Public Library Ortega Branch, San Francisco.