Bamboo Breeze, a duo of Chinese yangqin features Xiao Xiannian, a rising star of the dulcimer scene, and Singaporean anglophile Julie Tay on traditional percussion. A multiple prize-winning, state-designated "First Class Performer" in China, Xiao came to New York to partner with Julie. As part of their performances, Julie adds sidekick narratives and gossip to the music with drums, gongs, and bells. On the yangqin, a large-sized dulcimer, Xiao pulls all sorts of east and west material to allow the music to swing freely from scoreless folk songs to Pan-Asian pop, to Hollywood inspirations to self-styled fusion as heard on the streets of Beijing or Brooklyn. On the jembe, the wooden fish, or the big Tang drum and switching between Chinese and English, Julie spars with Xiao, thrilling audiences from Lincoln Center to Dollywood and at festivals from the Ozarks to Detroit.
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