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Wu Fei

Born and raised in Beijing, Wu Fei is a virtuoso composer, vocalist and guzheng (Chinese zither) performer. She spent her formative years at the China Conservatory of Music before coming to the US in 2000.

She holds a M.A. in Composition from Mills College and is a grant recipient of "Meet the Composer". While at Mills, she began to diversify her sound and experiment widely, working with musicians like John Zorn, Fred Frith, Carla Kilhstedt, Béla Fleck, Pauline Oliveros, and Cecil Taylor.

Wu Fei's compositions for choir, string quartet, chamber ensemble, Balinese gamelan, orchestra, film, and modern dance exhibit her remarkable skill and profound musical understanding

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Big Ears Festival 2017

Read "Big Ears Festival 2017" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Big Ears Festival Knoxville, TN March 23-26, 2017 Knoxville's Big Ears Festival expanded to a full four days this year, giving it more time to go its expected merry, eclectic way. In a break with usual practice, there was no official Composer in Residence. That distinction could have gone to Gavin Bryars ...

Yuan

Label: Tzadik
Released: 2009
Track listing: Lou Lan; Red Carriage; Yuan? Yuan! Yuan...; She Huo; Before I Wake.

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Evan Parker Residency with McPhee, Shipp, Zorn, Courvoisier, et al. at The Stone, NYC

Read "Evan Parker Residency with McPhee, Shipp, Zorn, Courvoisier, et al. at The Stone, NYC" reviewed by Gordon Marshall

Evan Parker Residency The Stone East Village, Manhattan New York, New York October 1-16, 2009 Rivaled only, in recent memory, by Cecil Taylor's 1988 “Kongresshalle" collaborations in Berlin,* Evan Parker's residency at The Stone in East Village, Manhattan was, like those, a string of assorted and inventive pairings. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Wu Fei: Yuan

Read "Yuan" reviewed by Kurt Gottschalk

Composer Wu Fei , as evidenced by the five compositions on Yuan, occupies a world that straddles traditional Chinese music and more contemporary styles of writing and playing. Fei seems to be particularly interested in strings and percussion, as well as in percussive strings and melodic percussion. The instrumentation ranges from solo percussion ...

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A Distant Youth

Label: Forrest Hill Records
Released: 2008
Track listing: Cloud of Birds; Chun Song; Yu Zhou Chang Wan; Ping Tan; Diao Chan; Hunan; Summer Palace; Three Kingdoms; Dawn; Qu Qur; Feng Huo Tai; Wu Yin; Little Open Hands; For Yuxi; Nothingness; Mad Season; Mukamu; Break Away.

NEWS: AWARD / GRANT

Wu Fei's "A Distant Youth" Ranked 88th out of 913 on World Music Chart Europe 2008 Critics Pick!

Wu Fei's "A Distant Youth" Ranked 88th out of 913 on World Music Chart Europe 2008 Critics Pick!

Wu Fei's debut record “A Distant Youth" (released in Oct. 2007, Forrest Hill Records) has been ranked 88th out of 913 nominees on World Music Chart Europe 2008 Critics Pick! A Full list of top 150 critics pick on World Music Chart Europe WMCE YEAR 2008 ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Wu Fei's New Record "Yuan" (Tzadik Records) Released on November 25th

Wu Fei's New Record "Yuan" (Tzadik Records) Released on November 25th

Wu Fei has composed music for solo instruments, string quartets, choirs, orchestras, modern and traditional dance, film and chamber ensembles. Performing on guzheng since the age of six, she studied composition at the China Conservatory and with Fred Frith at Mills College. She has since collaborated with Alvin Curran, Fred Frith, Carla Kihlstedt, Joelle Leandre, Meredith ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Wu Fei new Release "Yuan" out November 25th

Wu Fei new Release "Yuan" out November 25th

Wu Fei has composed music for solo instruments, string quartets, choirs, orchestras, modern and traditional dance, film and chamber ensembles. Performing on guzheng since the age of six, she studied composition at the China Conservatory and with Fred Frith at Mills College. She has since collaborated with Alvin Curran, Fred Frith, Carla Kihlstedt, Joelle Leandre, Meredith ...


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