Gung Hay Fat Choy! Chuc Mu'ng Nam Mo'i!

                     chinese new year dragon

Gung Hay Fat Choy, Gong Xi Fa Cai, Chúc Mù'ng Nam Mó‛i!  Happy Lunar New Year, everyone!  However you spell it, Lunar  New Year is the longest and most important celebration in much of Asia. 

The Chinese year 4712 ushers in the Year of the Horse, and begins on Jan. 31, 2014. The festivities last for fifteen days, culminating with the Lantern Festival.  In Vietnam, the holiday is known as Têt Nguyên Ðán, or Têt for short. In both cultures, the celebration marks the beginning of spring as well as the new year

Year of the Horse

The bay area is hosting many events for Lunar New Year. 

In celebration of the holiday, I want to share this incredible video of pipa (Chinese lute) virtuoso Wu Man that I just happened to discover a few days ago. 

Wu Man is also a composer  and plays contemporary music as well as traditional Chinese music. She has performed with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, Kronos String Quartet and even on a children's album with Dan Zanes.

Here is a clip of Wu Man with the Kronos Quartet playing a selection from Tan Dun's Ghost Opera.

 

I can't let you go without sharing one more video. Happy Lunar New Year from Milpitas Library!   ~~  Debra

 

Here are some materials from SCCLD to help you celebrate the Year of the Horse.

Pipa concerto

Pipa concerto

Rabbit Days And Dumplings Rabbit Days And Dumplings with Wu Man, Dan Zanes and the Kronos Quartet

Ghost opera

Ghost opera by Tan Dun

Wu Man and Ensemble album cover

Chinese Traditional and Contemporary Music

Xuân hy vọng

Live show of music to celebrate Tet.

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The New Chinese Astrology

The New Chinese Astrology

 

 

Chinese New Year Chinese New Year Fact and Folklore

Chinese New Year

Discover more great music and movies by checking out the SCCLD Music and Movies blog.

Images: amsterdo.com, gulfmannmaxicard.blogspot.com

 

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