Wu Man is an internationally renowned pipa virtuoso, cited by the Los Angeles Times as “the artist most responsible for bringing the pipa to the Western World.” She is recognized as an outstanding exponent of traditional repertoire for the pipa, a lute-like Chinese instrument with a history of more than two thousand years. Considered a leading interpreter of contemporary pipa music by today’s most prominent composers, Wu Man joins the brilliant Huayin Shadow Puppet Band for an evening of old-tune traditional music with shadow puppetry. Amid shouts and the strumming of lutes and fiddles, the percussion of clappers, small and large gongs, and the battering of a wooden bench, the band sings and plays about rural life in remote China drawing the audience into places and sounds rarely heard in the West. “Watching the musicians let fly on lutes, fiddles and gongs, as the singers roared through lively ballads recounting folk tales and myths, you were swept up by their energy and charisma. (Who could resist the cavorting performer who pounded a wooden block on a bench to keep time?)” —New York Times.