WuWei Music


WU WEI is considered to be the world’s leading avant-garde sheng (Chinese mouth-organ) soloist. After studying sheng – a 4000-year old Chinese folk instrument – at the renowned music conservatory of Shanghai as a Master’s student and working in the traditional Chinese musical Orchestra of Shanghai as a soloist, he was awarded a DAAD scholarship in 1995 to study in Berlin at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music. He has lived in Berlin ever since.

Besides winning many prestigious national and international competitions for traditional Chinese music, he won the first prize in the German music competition “Musica Vitale” in 1996 and 2002. In 2004, he won the German folk prize “Global Root” for extraordinary achievement on the German music scene as an international musician.

Wu Wei is world-renowned for his abilities in the realms of modern and improvised music, jazz-influenced music, new music, minimalist music, and numerous other styles, which he performs on his modern discant sheng of 37 pipes. He has also found hidden sounds on the instrument and creates new sound-worlds for the new music style, but in his own musical expressions and sound-colors. He uses the tableau of classical Chinese music and enhances it with contemporary structures and musical ideas. He creates new musical dimensions for traditional Chinese instrumental music.

Wu Wei’s background is Chinese classical music, combined with an extraordinary musical creativity and vitality. He joins in different interdisciplinary projects like” Music and Literature” with the famous German writer Günter Grass who has been awared the Nobel Prize in Literature 1999 and Michael Lentz; Contemporary Opera with Qu xiaosong, Guo Wenjing and Wang Lin; Contemporary Dance with Geraldo Si (Brasilien), Barbara Sarreau (Frankreich), Miho Iwata (Japan, Butoh-Dance), and I-Fen Lin (Taiwan); Musical Theater with Jörg Widmann, and Music Painting with Jean-Jacques Lemetre  from Théâtre du Soleil Paris.Wu Wei draws inspiration from a wide range of collaborators, enjoying the dynamics of his interactions. He is the first musician to bring the 37-pipes sheng to the international stage.

link: www.wuweimusic.com

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