About this project
2015 will be the 120th anniversary of the birth of my grand teacher Zha Fuxi, and the 70th anniversary of his Library of Congress recordings. NAGA is launching this exciting new project to honor him. It includes a guqin concert, recreating Zha Fuxi recordings on stage; a guqin lecture, a guqin symposium, a master class and a workshop for the public.
Grand master Zha Fuxi, one of the outstanding guqin masters of the 20th century, made a series of recordings at the LOC In 1945, which are of great significance in the history of the guqin and a major contribution to the field of world music. The goal of this project is to showcase how Zha Fuxi guqin artistry is still alive and continues to be inherited by generation after generation, in both China and the West.
My teacher Li Xiangting, the world’s leading guqin master, now 75 years old, is one of the few living guqin masters to have studied under Zha Fuxi. He will travel from China to the US to give performances and master classes. A group of scholars and guqin players from both the US and China will participate in this project. This will be the biggest ever guqin event held in the US. It has been widely recognized and is receiving grants and honors from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Library of Congress, the American Folklife Center, and the Alliance for California Traditional Arts.
Please join us and celebrate grand master Zha Fuxi’s life and music, and get to know more about the guqin and its culture.
-Wang Fei, director of the North American Guqin Association
Testimonials from our sponsors
This project has been widely recognized and is receiving grants and honors from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Library of Congress, the American Folklife Center, the Alliance for California Traditional Arts and many individual donations from the guqin community in both China and the US.
"I'm pleased to be able to share the news of our support through the Challenge America award to the North American Guqin Association. The arts foster value, connection, creativity and innovation for the American people and NAGA’s project demonstrates those attributes and affirms that the arts are part of our everyday lives." — Jane Chu, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts
“We are inspired by the dedication we see through your collective work and applaud your commitment to furthering this work for future generations” — Amy Kitchener, Executive Director at the Alliance for California Traditional Arts
“The committee for the Henry Reed Fund for the folk artists at The Library of Congress is pleased to support your multi-faceted project. Congratulations!” — Elizabeth Peterson, American Folklife Center Director, and George Daves, Library of Congress Office of Grants Management
“This is an honor and it is so important for the United States to recognize the artistry of your work and the history of the guqin” — Lily Kharrazi, folklorist and Program Manager at the Alliance for California Traditional Arts