Chinese Instruments at CAF

Traditional Chinese Instruments
Cleveland Asian Festival
May 21, 2023

The annual Cleveland Asian Festival was held on May 20 and 21, 2023 and attracted about 45,000 attendees. Isabel Lawrence, a reporter and anchor for WKYC TV, welcomed the crowd and introduced Rosa Lee who is a world renowned master of the guzheng.

Rosa Lee

Rosa Lee

Rosa introduced one of her students, who is only 7 years old, to play a piece on the 21 string instrument, the guzheng (Chinese zither).

7 year old guzheng student

7 year old guzheng student

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Rosa Lee introduced YanPing Ye who plays the Pipa, a 4 string lute.

Rosa Lee introduced YanPing Ye.

Rosa Lee introduced YanPing Ye

Then she was joined by dizi (Chinese transverse flute) player Kecheng Liu and two erhu (2 strings) players Yu Chengguang and Janice Liu for a Chinese song about a mother rocking her baby to sleep.

Janice Liu, Yu Chengguang, Kecheng Liu, Rosa Lee and YanPing Ye

Janice Liu, Yu Chengguang, Kecheng Liu, Rosa Lee and YanPing Ye

In this song called Jasmine Flower, the Chinese Erhu and Dizi are featured.

Yu Chengguang and Kecheng Liu

Yu Chengguang and Kecheng Liu

Here is another traditional performance by the group.

Janice Liu

Janice Liu

This is their 8 movement grand finale.

Janice Liu and Kecheng Liu

Janice Liu, Yu Chengguang and Kecheng Liu

Rosa lee on Guzheng

Rosa Lee on Guzheng


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