Zhang Wei-Liang

Infatuation for Dizi

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Infatuation for Dizi Review

by Bruno DeschĂȘnes

ZHANG Wei-liang is a well-known Chinese flute player, composer, and scholar, a professor at the China Music Conservatory. He has a deep love for all kinds of flutes. He plays many different versions of the dizi, as well as the xiao (an upright bamboo flute), the bawu, the shakuhachi (the well-known Japanese bamboo flute), and the xun (a clay flute). The dizi is the traditional Chinese transverse bamboo flute, on which a piece of rice paper is placed over a whole to give it a small buzzing sound. He plays different versions of the flute, such as the alto dizi, the qudi, and the bangdi. On this CD, he proposes us a series of new compositions by contemporary composers written over the last 20 years, including two of his own compositions, as well as arrangements of a few classics. ZHANG Wei-liang shows his talent and musicianship in playing these fine and exquisite instruments. Highly recommended!

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