Dizi and Xiao

Chinese Di and Xiao Solos 
by Luo Shou-Cheng
Pastoral Song


01. Autumn Night 03:14
02. Trip to Suzhou 04:45
03. A Love Song in Autumn Night 05:12
04. Flight of Partridge 05:54
05. Meditation on the Past 04:40
06. Mountain Song 04:09
07. Pastoral Song 03:30
08. Autumn Recollection 04:20
09. Autumn Moon on a Placid Lake 06:00
10. Rainbow Dress 05:11
11. Melody of Waves 05:13
Di and Xiao, Chinese woodwind instruments, interweave their sounds to display magic in full. The Chinese di is a bamboo woodwind instrument consisting of a a tube with six tone holes. The performance of this instrument depends on complex techniques of the tongue. The xiao is also a woodwind instrument. It can be made from bamboo, jade or porcelain. It creates soft tender sounds. Luo Shou-cheng is a famous performer of the Chinese di and xiao. After Luo graduated from the Shanghai Music Conservatory, he became a solo performer of the Shanghai Film Symphony Orchestra.

At a very old church in California, the skillful performance of Luo Shou-Cheng and the professional recording technique of Kavichandran Alexander interwaved a world where di and xiao display their magic in full.

The dizi

The generic term for the transverse flute in China today is "di". The most popular traditional type, a bamboo flute with six finger holes and a special hole for a "membrane" between the embouchure and first finger hole, is the dizi. In my understanding, dizi is pronounced vaguely like "dee-tsu", with only a quick touch of an unaccented vowel sound at the end; sometimes it sounds like "dee-tzzz". (The "zi" in "dizi" is a diminutive ending, so that dizi literally means "small di".)


The xiao

The xiao (pronounced somewhat like "showh", to rhyme with "cow", or "shyow") is an end-blown bamboo flute that is pitched lower than dizi.


Did I make fun of  "wind" music yesterday? Well this they call Solar wind.... and it is quite nice... no new age, but no old age either and they went all the way to a very old (ha ha) church in California, as if they did not have any very old temples in China... so the quest goes on.. : )

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