Qin concert by John Thompson

Enjoy an evening of live music by John Thompson, internationally renowed qin player. The qin is a seven-stringed instrument from the zither family, its first use dating back to ancient China. This musical performance will be held at the Asian Art Gallery from 6-8PM and is free and open to the public.

John Thompson, the best-known performer of early music for the Chinese guqin silk string zither, began his studies in Taiwan in 1974, learning the traditional repertoire from National Treasure Sun Yü-ch'in. Since 1976, though, he has focused on reconstructing old melodies directly from tablature, by now having recorded over 200 melodies learned from 15th, 16th and 17th century handbooks. From 1980 to 2000, while serving as artistic consultant to the Hong Kong Festival of Asian Arts, he continued his own research and performance, publishing seven CDs of his musical reconstructions and four books of transcriptions. Since moving to the New York area in 2001 he has continued his research, also performing and lecturing in the United States and Europe as well as in Asia. His website, silkqin.comis the most comprehensive source of information on this music and its cultural and historical context.

Presented by:

Asian Arts Council, a support group of Phoenix Art Museum.

Image Credit

Shangguan Zhou, Landscape: Playing the qin for a receptive audience, 1738. Ink and color on paper. Collection of Phoenix Art Museum, Gift of Marilyn and Roy Papp.

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