The yangqin, also known as the Chinese hammered dulcimer, is a percussive string instrument and descendant of the Persian santur. I've been playing yangqin since the age of seven. Through my performances, I strive to help reinvigorate the yangqin tradition and spark cultural exchange between Chinese and American communities.
"Yao Dance" is a popular 20th-century instrumental piece originating in the Yao community of southern China. In April 2015, I had the good fortune to perform this piece with world-renowned pipa master, Wu Man, and internationally acclaimed percussionist, Haruka Fujii, in Sanders Theatre at Harvard.
"St. James Infirmary Blues" I had the opportunity to join Yo-Yo Ma, the Silk Road Ensemble, and Rhiannon Giddens to record a tantalizing rendition of this American classic, arranged by Michael Ward-Bergeman.
"Journey to the East" This is an original arrangement that combines Anoushka Shankar's "Dancing in Madness" with Huang He's "Journey to Lhasa," fusing Chinese and Hindustani music with Indian classical dance. Vivek Banerjee played tabla and Anumita Das danced. This recording is from a rehearsal for the 2016 Cultural Rhythms Show at Harvard in Sanders Theatre.
"Turceasca" is a Roma piece that I performed with the Silk Road Ensemble at the TED 2016 conference in February, 2016. The performance took place in Vancouver.
"Welcome Home" The Lighthouse Keepers invited me to perform a cover of this song by Radical Face with them in December 2015. It was a heartwarming way to cap off that year.