Mon. Feb 6th, 2023

Yao Lu, who owns the Magic Japanese Music Studio and leads its performing ensemble, mentioned that is the great thing about sharing her tradition by way of music.

ATLANTA — There’s a spot in Atlanta the place musicians can study to play the bamboo flute, the guzheng, and even the erhu. 

These devices within the western world are often called the flute, 21-string Chinese language plucked zither, and a Chinese language violin, respectively.

Yao Lu, who owns the Magic Japanese Music Studio and leads its performing ensemble, mentioned that is the great thing about sharing her tradition by way of music.

“So truly, we attempt to make it (various),” Lu mentioned.

Lu, together with different musicians and college students, realized easy methods to play typical Chinese language and East Asian songs with a artistic edge. 

“We play conventional devices however we wish to make the music not be too conventional,” she mentioned.

A grasp on the bamboo flute and the 21-string guzheng, she accomplishes this by including western influences, together with jazz and pop influences and digital parts that fuse with older East Asian sounds. It is to assist join the rising and huge Asian viewers that exists in Georgia.

“I feel the Asian group is rising within the metro Atlanta space,” Cindy Fang, a musician with Lu’s Magic Japanese Ensemble mentioned. 

Fang, who has lived in Georgia for 10 years, began with the studio when she was younger. The ensemble was based in 2018 and the studio began a number of years beforehand. Each musicians mentioned the studio has gained new prominence as Georgia’s Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) group continues to develop its presence.

With new organizations serving to to carry the group collectively in tradition and training, Fang mentioned the ensemble stands out.

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“We attempt to rebrand this sort of outdated, historic, conventional music and we invite different communities and invite different ethnicities to take heed to our music,” she mentioned.

Fang performs the shaoqin erhu, an instrument that resembles what’s often called the normal two-string Chinese language violin with an digital gadget. It’s believed that Fang is the one shaoqin erhu participant in Georgia.

She says the instrument helps the ensemble broaden its sound and appeal to new listeners.

“We’re attempting to (bridge) this sort of Asian, AAPI group with bigger audiences,” Fang mentioned. “You should use the devices to make it extra various, (add extra) music parts.”

They’ve labored to get their music in entrance of extra individuals which has translated into a totally booked Lunar New 12 months.

“I feel she’s fairly filled with the entire performances,” Fang mentioned of Lu.

The 15-day celebration kicks off on Jan. 22, when households ring within the 12 months of the Rabbit. Even earlier than the celebration formally begins, Lu is visiting faculties, and schools representing her nonprofit, whereas additionally getting the ensemble performance-ready to play at festivals throughout Georgia.

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“For me, doing the celebration is simply doing my job, (taking part in) the instrument,” Lu mentioned about Lunar New 12 months. “I really feel so completely satisfied as a result of I prefer it.” 

Lu joked moreover taking part in Lunar New 12 months reveals, she additionally enjoys consuming vacation meals.

And the music will not cease as soon as the vacation is over.

Later this yr, they may have a live performance at Aurora Theater in June and anticipate taking part in a gala in December.

They mentioned preserving busy is not a foul factor — it is all a part of bringing the cultural group collectively and giving individuals new music to understand.

“That is my favourite factor in my life,” Lu mentioned. “Simply taking part in my devices.”

Lu is at the moment engaged on a brand new web site that may quickly be launched. Within the meantime, individuals who want to study extra concerning the ensemble or the studio can go to Magic Japanese Music Studio on Fb. Anybody who needs to study is welcome to hitch.

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