Reviews and Blog Posts: Chinese

The sorcerer and the white snake

Reviewer Rating:
4

This film combines Chinese sentimental drama, wire-fu, and some pretty crazy (if slightly corny) computer generated animation. Put together it’s a fun, unexpected film. Jet Li stars as a Buddhist monk/demon hunter on a mission to clear the land of evil. But what happens when one of his partners falls...

To Erhu is human, to hear it -- divine

Erhu

The erhu, a two-stringed instrument which is evocative of China, is being used in contemporary recordings of pop and underground dance music. 

For a one-thousand-year-old instrument, the erhu is holding up pretty well in modern times. It has been featured in contemporary film scores (House of Flying Daggers) and utilized by rock and pop musicians for it's unmistakable sound. 

Do you erhu what I erhu?

The erhu is a two-stringed, bowed musical instrument, also called a spike fiddle. Erhoopla Variety Show makes amazing music with this rare instrument. Pop, jazz, American songbook and traditional Chinese -- all get their turn with Erhoopla.

Referred to as the "Chinese violin" or the "Chinese two-stringed fiddle," Western musicians have co-opted the erhu for their music because of its unique, often melancholy sound. Two of our favorite musicians Brian Mullins and Mike Fitzmaurice play the Chinese erhu along with a variety of other Chinese instruments. This lively duo call themselves Erhoopla Variety Show and are back, by popular demand, for an encore performance at the Denver Public Library.

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