The Alice Gu-Zheng Ensemble will perform both modern and traditional Chinese/Taiwanese songs on the guzheng, or Chinese zither.
About the music:
The zheng (Chinese zither) a traditional Chinese musical instrument. Commonly known as gu-zheng, is a plucked string instrument that is part of the zither family, related to the Japanese koto, the Korean kayagum, and the Vietnamese dan tranh. In fact, the zheng is one of the oldest music instruments in the world. The earliest zheng, which only had five silk strings and a bamboo sound box, can be dated back some 2,300 years. Because it is rich in Chinese culture and history, the zheng has been called gu-zheng where “gu” means “ancient” in the Chinese language. Learn more.
About the musicians:
The Alice Gu-Zheng Ensemble, a non-profit organization, was founded in 2002 by Alice and her husband, Kent, who are the instructors. This ensemble has more than forty gu-zheng enthusiasts, ranging from ages six to sixty five.