Interview with Nicholas Ng from Australian Music Centre
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On Sunday 10th February, Riverside Theatres at Parramatta celebrated the Lunar New Year with an afternoon of traditional Chinese music.
Gong Xi! Songs for the Lunar New Year featured music and songs from China performed by a sextet of musicians, members of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Chinese Music Ensemble playing traditional Chinese instruments including the dizi (bamboo flute), erhu (two-string bowed fiddle), pipa and zhongruan (four-stringed plucked lutes), guzheng (21-string zither) and daji (percussion). Together, these traditional instruments blend seamlessly to create a quintessential and celebratory Chinese sound in celebration of Chinese New Year.
Artistic director and performer Dr Nicholas Ng joined Claudia on Arts Friday and played the erhu (2 stringed instrument) and the hulusi – an instrument made from a gourd and wood live in the studio.