Serene Moon Lecture-Recital by Jiaoyue Lyu
Groningen Confucius Institute is organizing a lecture-recital of Chinese traditional music instrument Guqin. It is our pleasure to invite you to the lecture-recital Serene Moon by Jiaoyue Lyu, Teaching Artist of New York University.
Jiaoyue Lyu is a Accomplished pianist, guqin performer and calligrapher. Her specialties are guqin and Chinese calligraphy, two art forms that are included in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.
What is Guqin?
The Guqin, or Chinese 7-string zither with no bridges, is a fine classical musical instrument that is more than 3,000 years old. While "Gu" can be translated as meaning "ancient," "qin" is now considered a generic term for all string instruments in China. Guqin has long been well-regarded as the favored instrument of sages and literati. Confucius was considered to be a Guqin grand master, as was notable Ji Kong, one of the "Seven Sages of the Bamboo Grove." Playing the Guqin well is known to enrich the heart and empower the human spirit. As one of the traditional arts, Guqin performance is a vital symbol of high Chinese culture. In 2003, the United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO) registered Guqin as one of the master elements of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of global humanity.